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Devon Allman Looks Forward to a Number of New Projects in 2018

When you’re part of a musical dynasty, it’s only natural that the personal and professional aspects of your life should intersect. It was no different for Devon Allman, whose late father Gregg Allman helped helm one of the most important and influential American bands of the past 50 years. It’s also little wonder that the younger Allman, an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist in his own right, should feel the tug of family responsibility and the desire to honor his father’s fabled legacy.

It was also only natural that following his father’s passing on May 27, 2017, Devon would take time to grieve his loss, be with his family and consider his own plans going forward. After all, he had been on the road continuously for twelve years, playing an average of 250 dates a year. Consequently he took six months off to rally around his loved ones and “rack up more time with my kid,” as he put it. That included monthly visits to see relatives on the West Coast and taking the time to heal and rearm himself with the impetus and inspiration needed to embark upon the next phase of his career.

“It felt good to take that time off,” Devon says in retrospect. “I needed to step back and make up for lost time with the people that are close to me.”

Even so, he didn’t neglect music entirely. On December 8, 2017, on what would have been Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday, Devon and a group of special friends celebrated the elder Allman’s life and music with a special concert at the iconic Fillmore in San Francisco. An incredible array of artists took part -- Robert Randolph, brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, G Love, members of Phish, Samantha Fish, and Jimmy Hall, among them.

“It was a magical evening,” Devon recalls. “It was like a family gathering. There was so much great music, so many musicians who had such respect for my father, all of whom felt such a personal connection to both the man and his music. And when my manager told me that we could do the concert at the Fillmore, a place that obviously had such profound ties to my dad’s career, I couldn’t have been happier.”

The show also rekindled his enthusiasm for several projects he’s planning for 2018. In March his new six-piece band, The Devon Allman Project, will launch a world tour with special guest Duane Betts, the son of Allman Brothers co-founder Dickey Betts. The two men have known each since 1989 when Devon was 17 and Duane was 12. “We’ve had this enduring friendship ever since we were kids,” Devon muses. “We’ve always talked about going out on tour together, and now the time seems right. He’ll start the show, then I’ll do my portion and finally the two of us will share the stage for the encore.”

It will, he says, be about comfort, remembrance and a special bond between musical brothers, sentiments that are especially meaningful at this particular time. The first round of World Tour dates will be announced by the end of January.

Naturally, Allman also has a new record in the works for 2018 titled Full Speed Ahead, he describes it as an album that will be seeped in classic Americana tradition, the type of music made by Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and other harbingers of California’s fabled Laurel Canyon scene of the ‘70s. While details and the release date will be announced in the coming months, Devon does promise that the music will reflect the sound of timeless classics of that vintage pedigree.

“The vibe fits the songs,” he promises.

Another upcoming project that he’s especially proud of is the launch of his new record label, Create Records. The first new release slated for November 2018 will be by a new band dubbed The Slays, a project featuring Devon and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars. In addition, the company will actively seek out new talent that can be nurtured and ultimately offered the opportunity to develop their craft and creativity. Devon himself will sit in the producer’s chair, with new releases scheduled approximately every 18 months.

“It’s always been my dream to start a label,” Allman insists. “As the name implies, this will be an artist-run, artist-friendly company which will foster an environment where musicians will be free to create, develop productive careers and make the best records they’re capable of making.”

Specific details about the label’s initial signings will follow in the coming months.

Devon Allman is a staunch proponent of authentic Southern Blues. It’s a legacy that’s always weighed heavy on his musical mantra. He’s chalked up a lengthy list of accomplishments that have entitled him to take his own place in the Southern Rock pantheon. His remarkable resume spans two decades, from his post-millennial breakout with Devon Allman’s Honeytribe through to chart-topping collaborations with Jack Bruce, Javier Vargas, and the widely revered super group, Royal Southern Brotherhood. Nevertheless, the stature he’s achieved on his own via his three highly regarded solo albums -- 2013’s Turquoise, 2014’s Ragged & Dirty (praised by the UK’s Blues Magazine as “reminding you why the blues can be, quite simply, the best thing in the world”) and his most recent effort, the critically acclaimed Ride Or Die -- have proven his prowess as a singer, guitarist and provocateur worthy of being reckoned with based on his talent and tenacity alone.

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Blues Music Magazine Aug 2016 (PDF)

The Devon Allman Project with Special Guest Duane Betts Launches at The Fillmore in SF Dec 8th

Additional Special Guests at The Fillmore to include Jimmy Hall, Cody & Luther Dickinson, Samantha Fish, Bobby Whitlock & Peter Levin

Devon Allman & Duane Betts Announce International Tour Plans Starting March 2018

When your surname is synonymous with one of the most revered forebears of seminal Southern Rock as well as archetypical 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.”

Duane Betts & Devon Allman

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
The Fillmore
Tickets $35

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The Devon Allman Project with Special Guests to Perform at The Fillmore in San Francisco on Dec 8

New additions to stellar line-up announced: Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr, Alex Orbison, G Love, Brooklyn Allman, Bobby Whitlock, Coco Carmel, Samantha Fish, Luther & Cody Dickinson, Jimmy Hall, & Peter Levin

Nov 1st, 2017 (Brooklyn,NY) - When your surname is synonymous with one of the most revered forebears of seminal Southern Rock as well as archetypical 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.

Devon Allman, the former lynchpin behind such bands as the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Honeytribe, has assembled The Devon Allman Project. Rounding out the six-piece band are Hammond B3 keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist R.Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow Band), bassist Justin Corgan (cousin of Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan), lead guitarist Jackson Stokes, drummer John Lum and vocalist Nicolas David (The Voice.) The band will make their debut at The Fillmore, a room resonant with Allman Brothers mojo. The show also happens to fall on what would have been Gregg Allman's 70th birthday. In honor of Mr. Allman’s birthday, a portion of the evening will include a unique and memorable tribute.

At date of press, the line-up of confirmed artists for the December 8th show includes G. Love (G. Love & Special Sauce), Coco Carmel, Alex Orbison (son of Roy Orbison). Brooklyn Allman (daughter of Gregg Allman), Berry Oakley Jr.(son of Allman Brothers bassist & founding member Berry Oakley), Ben Sparaco, Duane Betts (Great Southern, Dawes), Luther and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Samantha Fish, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr.), Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos, Dr. John, Rolling Stones) and Peter Levin, musical director and longtime Gregg Allman keyboardist (Blind Boys of Alabama, CSN, Doobie Brothers.)

Devon is 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 performance with The Gregg Allman Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Laid Back festival in Atlanta (Check out “One Way Out”). 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 event at the Americana Music Fest featuring Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, and John Paul White (Civil Wars.) Coming up on January 27th, 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. In March 2018 a full-blown international tour will commence featuring The Devon Allman Project and special guest Duane Betts (on all shows) as well as a couple of other invited guests performing with The Project on a majority of the dates. Each night will feature a set of Duane’s originals, Devon’s originals, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Honeytribe songs culminating in an encore set of Allman Brothers songs with Devon, Duane, and the evening’s guests all participating.

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” debuted #1 in 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.

December 8, 2017
The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Tickets $35
Doors Open at 8PM

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