September 13, 2017
When your surname is synonymous with one of the most revered forebears of seminal Southern Rock as well as archetypal Americana, it’s incumbent on you to honor that legacy and the music on which it was built. It’s little wonder then that Devon Allman, son of the late Gregg Allman and an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist in his own right, should opt to launch a new band along with a series of high profile performances, the latest chapters in an already storied solo career.
Allman, the former lynchpin behind such bands as the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Honeytribe, has assembled The Devon Allman Project, a six-piece ensemble featuring a percussionist/multi instrumentalist, a Hammond B3 player, and an additional guitarist. The kick-off with special guest Duane Betts at the Fillmore show on December 8th will feature appearances by Luther and Cody Dickinson (of North Mississippi All-Stars), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band, Blind Boys of Alabama, CSN, Doobie’s etc.), Samantha Fish, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr.) and Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos, Dr. John, Rolling Stones etc.) and longtime Gregg Allman keyboardist, Peter Levin, will act as the musical director. Other artists tba.
Coming off a series of prestigious appearances — an all-star tribute to his father and Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks at the Allmans’ own Peachfest, a special celebration at the Grammy Museum in L.A., an emotional return to his father’s hometown, Macon Georgia, where he accepted the key to the city on the elder Allman’s behalf, and an upcoming event at the Americana Music Fest featuring Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, and John Paul White (Civil Wars) — The Devon Allman Project will kick off their 2018 tour with an upcoming show on December 8th at the iconic Fillmore in San Francisco.
In addition to a several other shows, Devon will be joining the Gregg Allman Band at the Laid Back Festival at the Verizon Amphitheater in Atlanta on October 14. Also, The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts and Peter Levin will play immediately prior to Dr. John at the Florida Jazz & Blues Jam in Boca Raton, Florida on January 27th.
Duane Betts, son of Allman Brothers co-founder Dicky Betts will join the Devon Allman Project as a special guest from March through September for a full-blown international tour. “It’s such an amazing thrill to have Duane joining us for these upcoming dates,” Allman enthused. “In many ways, it brings us both full circle.”In most markets 1-2 special guests will join the band creating a unique jam culminating in an encore that includes Allman Brothers songs among other classics. “We share an incredible legacy, and it’s truly an honor to renew that bond our dads created to a new generation of their admirers and those that have loved the music we’ve made on our own. Having an Allman and a Betts playing together once again will surely make my father smile down at me from above.”
A series of lengthy accomplishments have entitled Devon to take his own place in the Southern Rock pantheon. His remarkable resume spans almost two decades, from his post-millennial breakout with Honeytribe, and the widely revered super group Royal Southern Brotherhood. Devon has also had occasion to jam with the greats such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Mr. Les Paul, Keith Urban, Gov’t Mule and Lynyrd Skynyrd just to name a few. Through his run of successful solo albums, “Turquoise” was highly regarded by USA Today, “Turquoise is reflective and soulful” while “Ride or Die” hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Devon is also a contributing writer to Guitar Player Magazine as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dec 8th 8PM
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Photo Credit – Kaelan Barowsky
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