Neville Brothers – The Beginning
The Neville Brothers, are the supergroup of New Orleans. The formation of the Neville Brothers, began in 1976, as a recording session for the “Wild Tchoupitoulas.” They were a Mardi Gras Indian group led by their uncle, George Landry (Big Chief Jolly).
Their Commercial Success
It wasn’t until the late eighties that they finally got a break musically. 1987’s Uptown featured guest appearances from Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia and Carlos Santana, while their acclaimed 1989 album, Yellow Moon, earned the group their first Grammy, Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Healing Chant.”
Below is a great video of the Neville Brothers receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. The group perform Yellow Moon at the awards celebration. Daniel Lanois, the producer for this release, joins the band as second guitarist, and Iggy Pop introduces the band before the performance.
Five More Albums And One More Grammy
Following Yellow Moon, the Neville Brothers would release five more albums, winning one more Grammy, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for their 1999 album Valence Street (Art also earned a Best Rock Instrumental Performance trophy for his contributions to a version of “SRV Shuffle” on 1996’s A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan). The Neville Brothers’ last LP, Walkin’ in the Shadow of Life, was released in 2004.
Another iconic moment was when the Neville Brothers joined the Grateful Dead on stage during their second set on July 6, 1987 in Pittsburgh. You can see the excitement and energy both bands brought to the table for fans that night.
Rest in Peace Art and Charles Neville
Sadly, brothers Charles and Art have passed. Their spirit and music continue to live on with the remaining Neville brothers and the future generations of family members.
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