Devon Allman

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Devon Allman
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Devon Allman performing at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 28, 2018
Background information
Birth nameDevon Lane Allman
Born (1972-08-10) August 10, 1972 (age 46)
Corpus Christi, Texas
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri
GenresBlues rock, Rock
Occupation(s)Singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, actor
InstrumentsGuitar, Keyboard
Years active1999–present
Associated actsDevon Allman Project Honeytribe, Royal Southern Brotherhood
Websitedevonallmanproject.com

Devon Allman (born August 10, 1972) is an American guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer. He is the son of musician Gregg Allman and has appeared occasionally as a guest musician for Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band. Allman was the founder and bandleader of Honeytribe, also known as Devon Allman's Honeytribe, with whom he released two albums and toured across North America and Europe. Prior to Honeytribe, Allman contributed to several other musical recordings, notably Vargas Blues Band and the A Song for My Father compilation album. He was one of the original members of Royal Southern Brotherhood and contributed to their first two studio albums and toured with them. In 2013, Allman launched his solo career as the Devon Allman Band, and has since released three albums. His latest tour, branded as the Devon Allman Project, features special guest Duane Betts.[1]

Early years[edit]

Allman is the son of Gregg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) and Shelley Kay Jefts. His parents divorced when he was an infant, and he grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri, raised by his mother.[2]

Allman began playing music as a teen, but was not influenced by his father.[2] He did not meet his father until he was in his teens, but they then bonded instantly.[3] For several years in the 1990s he performed around the growing St. Louis blues and rock music scene, while also managing a suburban Guitar Center store where he met his future Royal Southern Brotherhood bandmate, Mike Zito.[4]

In his twenties, Allman tried various musical styles and sounds to distance himself from his father's sound and avoid obvious comparisons, though his father did not meddle in Allman's career. In his thirties, Allman embraced the blues and rock genres.[3]

Influences[edit]

Allman grew up on classic, blues-inspired rock music, and has specifically mentioned Santana, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and The Allman Brothers Band as influences.[3]

When asked if there was one record that he could cite as the definitive recording that has influenced and inspired him, Allman responded with Layla, by Derek and The Dominos. He explained, "Although it's not straight blues, it's obviously dripping with soulful blues guitar. Layla has always appealed to me because you can really really ‘feel’ what Clapton was going through. That man was straight up in love. It brought out a burning passion in his throat and fingers that is undeniable, and it obviously soaked into the other players on the record. My uncle Duane just sounds like a bird on it as well! It has so much raw energy and passion that it sounds ultra fresh every time I put it on. Front to back, one of the few records that can bring me to tears if I let it."[3]

Musical career[edit]

The Dark Horses[edit]

In the early 1990's Devon Allman headed up a band in St. Louis called The Dark Horses.[5]

Honeytribe[edit]

Allman formed Honeytribe in 1999. In 2001, the band broke up so Allman could spend time with his newly born son. They re-formed in 2005 with their original lineup, and have since toured in the United States, Europe, and Canada, and have recorded two albums. They recorded Torch in 2006 and played up to 300 shows a year in 42 states and ten countries.[citation needed] Allman eventually grew restless with the original Honeytribe sound and pared the band down to a power trio in 2008 with bassist George Potsos and new drummer Gabriel Strange. This incarnation of Devon Allman's Honeytribe released Space Age Blues in the fall of 2010.

Royal Southern Brotherhood[edit]

In October 2011, Allman began working on a project titled the Royal Southern Brotherhood. The blues-rock supergroup includes Cyril Neville, Mike Zito,[6] Grammy-award winning drummer Yonrico Scott and bassist Charlie Wooton. Allman was skeptical of joining the group at first, telling his manager "Dude are you crazy? Thats like putting five quarterbacks in a room and saying 'go play football'. What the Hell are you talking about?"[7] However he soon changed his mind and the group recorded their first album in December 2011, over five days at Dockside Studio, a 12-acre (4.9 ha) estate on the banks of Vermilion Bayou, in Maurice, Louisiana.[8] The group made its stage debut in September 2011 at the Rock ’n’ Bowl in New Orleans.[4][8] As of September, 2012 they have toured extensively in the U.S. and fourteen foreign countries.[7]

The Allman Betts Band[edit]

In November 2018, the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts announced the formation of The Allman Betts Band.     They will kick off 2019 with a new Allman Betts Band album and a worldwide tour that will feature new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The new album, which is slated to be released in the Spring of 2019, will be produced by Matt Ross-Spang  (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).[9]

Solo[edit]

In September 2012, Allman finished recording sessions for his first solo album, titled Turquoise, which features Myles Weeks on bass and Yonrico Scott on drums. The sessions were recorded at Ardent Studios, in Memphis, Tennessee, engineered by Pete Matthews and produced by Jim Gaines, and includes guest musicians Luther Dickinson, Samantha Fish, Rick Steff and Ron Holloway. A solo tour began in November 2012, and the touring band include Pedro Arevalo on bass, Bobby Schneck Jr. on second guitar, and Anthony Nanney on drums. The album was released on 12 February 2013.[10]

Other contributions[edit]

In 2005, Allman appeared on Love, Union, Peace with bluesman Javier Vargas' Vargas Blues Band (along with Jack Bruce, Reese Wynans, and others), and in 2008 on the Flamenco Blues Experience recording by the same outfit. In 2007, Allman guested on Paris Luna's City Lights album. He has also made appearances at various festivals and on MTV Europe.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Ocean Six[edit]

  • Ocean Six – Somewhere Between Day and Night (2003): Guitar and vocals[11]

Honeytribe[edit]

Royal Southern Brotherhood[edit]

Other contributions[edit]

Musical equipment[edit]

Allman's primary guitar is a Gibson Les Paul, which he calls "Number One". It is an exact, custom-shop replication of a '59.[19] It was signed by Les Paul when they played together at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City in 2007.[20]

Allman currently uses Fuchs Overdrive Supreme amplifiers.[21]

Miscellaneous projects[edit]

Allman appeared in the rock comedy series called Who the Hell is Dan Bruder which launched online June 2010. It is the story of a slightly delusional, middle-aged wannabe rocker who can not let go of the dream of stardom.

In 2011, Allman began marketing his "Devon Allman's Chipotle Blues" branded hot sauce via Born to Hula.[19][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gregg Allman's Son Devon Talks Carrying on the Family Legacy". rollingstone.com. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  2. ^ a b "Devon Allman of Devon Allman's Honeytribe - Interview with Devon Allman of Devon Allman's Honeytribe". Blues.about.com. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  3. ^ a b c d "An Interview with Devon Allman - Like Father, Like Son - Blogcritics Music". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2017-07-22.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b "Royal Southern Brotherhood feeding a hunger for 'real music' - Arts - The Boston Globe". Articles.boston.com. 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  5. ^ "The Dark Horses "UnleashThe Spirit"". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  6. ^ "Royal Southern Brotherhood". Royal Southern Brotherhood. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  7. ^ a b Hunsicker, Jason (19 September 2012). "Allman, Neville, Royal Southern Brotherhood headline Round Barn". The Kirksville Daily Express. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Homepage Stories | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana". Theadvocate.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  9. ^ "Devon Allman + Duane Betts Announce Spring 2019 Album & The Allman Betts Band, Initial 2019 Tour Dates Announced". Music News Net. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Turquoise | Overview/review". AllMusic. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  11. ^ "Somewhere Between Day and Night - Ocean Six | Credits". AllMusic. 2003-09-09. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  12. ^ "Love, Union, Peace - Vargas Blues Band | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  13. ^ "Love, Union, Peace". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  14. ^ "Lost & Found". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  15. ^ "Flamenco Blues Experience - Vargas Blues Band | Credits". AllMusic. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  16. ^ "Flamenco Blues Experience". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  17. ^ "Vargas Blues Band Comes Alive With Friends!". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  18. ^ "The Jeremiah Johnson Band and The Sliders". Tickets.violetsvenue.com. 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  19. ^ a b "Devon Allman: The Ambassador of Authenticity". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  20. ^ "KSHE 95 = REAL ROCK RADIO". Kshe95.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  21. ^ "Devon Allman | Fuchs Audio Endorser". Fuchsaudiotechnology.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  22. ^ "::Born To Hula Hot Sauce::". Borntohula.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24.

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