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Devon Allman Forged Music Apart From Famous Dad

Of the Oakland Press

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Devon Allman’s music career is a blood influence — his father is Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.

But after his parents divorced when he was an infant, the younger Allman’s mother enforced some distance between her son and the man even he acknowledges “wasn’t the best influence for a young kid.”

“I pretty much grew up in a real normal, suburban existence,” says Allman, 31, who was born in Texas and raised in St. Louis after his mother married a TWA pilot. “My dad was off doing his thing. They were one of the biggest bands in the world. He had trials and tribulations, ups and downs. My mom wanted to make sure I wasn’t caught up in that.

“As much as I missed him growing up, looking back I needed someone who could be a positive role model as a male, and he probably couldn’t have provided that at the time. He was going through his hard times.”

Allman has “enjoyed a tremendous relationship” with his father since he was 15, and the latter has helped promote his son’s music career, taking his band Honeytribe on tour to open for Gregg Allman Band shows. They play on stage together, and the younger Allman recorded a version of the Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” for a new Target collection called “A Song for My Father.”

But Allman, who’s married and has a 6-yearold son, is most keen to push Honeytribe, which released its fi rst album, “Torch,” last year.

“I’m very blessed to wake up every day and get to do what I love to do for a living,” he says. “And in order to do that, whether you’re Tiger Woods or whoever, you have to stay on top of your game or you won’t be able to do it for the rest of your life.

“So if I want to keep doing it for 20 years, then I can’t take anything for granted and I have to keep working at it. Nobody’s handing me anything ’cause I’ve got a famous last name — except maybe some concert tickets sometimes.”

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and Dcarlo perform Saturday (Feb. 24th) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www. majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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