Brother Tyrone & The Mindbenders

  • 3:50pm / April, 6th 2017
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    Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage

Born in New Orleans, Brother Tyrone started singing soul and blues professionally around the city as a teenager in a series of local bands. His prodigious talent was immediately evident, first winning numerous local talent contests, and eventually appearing in nightclubs from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Biloxi, Mississippi.
By the 1980’s, Brother Tyrone was at the forefront of a thriving and vital R&B scene in New Orleans, playing long and legendary stints at The Golden Pheasant, The Candlelight, Grease’s Bar, The Fox Lounge and Guitar Joe’s House of Blues. In these clubs, Brother Tyrone established his “underground legend” status, quickly becoming a draw for fans and local musicians alike. Locals like Jessie Hill, Ernie K-Doe, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Tommy Ridgley vied for the opportunity to sit in and upstage the young singing phenom. His group, The Riverside Band, featured legendary bassist Richard “Tricky Dick” Dixon (Lee Dorsey, Fats Domino, Eddie Bo) and pianist Marcel “49” Richardson (Roy Brown, Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint).
Finally, in 1999, Brother Tyrone entered the recording studio and cut Blue Ghetto. The record, made in a single day, received intense radio airplay in New Orleans, and can still be found on the jukeboxes at many of the small bars and taverns in the city. The record also brought Tyrone to the attention of a much broader audience, and festival appearances, including the 2001 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, live radio broadcasts and larger gigs followed.
In August 2005, after Hurricane Katrina had flooded most of the city, Brother Tyrone walked out of his apartment in the Lafitte housing project in New Orleans into chest high water. Holding a small child over his head, he and his family made their way to the New Orleans Convention Center, where, after two days, they were able to reach Baton Rouge in the back of a stolen pickup truck. In 2008, as the city slowly returned, Brother Tyrone made the decision to start work on Mindbender, his first new recording in almost eight years.
The release of Mindbender changed everything. Accolades from Soul music aficionados poured in from all over the world, as Brother Tyrone’s deep blues quickly spread from New Orleans to Jackson, MS, to Chicago, to Europe and beyond. After accepting an offer to appear in Europe, Tyrone recorded a special collection of blues and soul for limited release at these concerts. Subsequent demand for the CD, Cue Stick Soul, has been great, leading to a full worldwide release in the Fall of 2012.