Interview: The Royal Southern Brotherhood
Interview: Dave Ling
Touted as an American blues rock supergroup and recently added to the bill of the UK’s Bluesfest, Royal Southern Brotherhood are returning for their second British tour this week. We spoke to guitarist Devon Allman, son of Allman Brothers Band keyboard player Gregg.
Isn’t the band’s name a bit presumptuous?
It’s not meant to be taken seriously. I still cringe when people call me rock royalty because of my dad.
Are you a blues band, or a rock band…
a soul band, even?
We’re all of those things. We have soulful singing and blues guitar playing. I love the fact that the genre is constantly evolving.
Given your own lineage, it’s southern too?
All of us are from the South. None of that is manufactured, it oozes out of us.
The Brotherhood toured the UK for the first time in November. How was it?
The London show [at the Camden Jazz Café] was especially fantastic. We’d been together for around a year but really gelled that night. That tour is where everything really began to come together.
Do you try to make each gig different?
Not radically so. We’re a songs-based band rather than a jam band, but we like to have fun with certain songs, and we do throw in covers from the Allman Brothers to the Stones and BB King.
Considering the debut album took just five days to record, shouldn’t there be a follow-up by now?
Since then we’ve been around the world twice and each of us has dropped a solo record. But on December one we enter the same studio with the same producer to do exactly that.
See them at:
Under The Bridge
The Robin 2
Boom Boom Club