Devon Allman Project, Duane Betts

Western Reserve Folk Arts Assoc. presents

Devon Allman Project

Duane Betts

Duane Betts

Wed, August 8, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Devon Allman Project
Devon Allman Project
The Devon Allman Project - Bio
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
“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.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240