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Devon Allman embraces his new "solo" path

For Journal Register Newspapers

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It seems odd, but the new "Turquoise" is Devon Allman's first solo album.

It's not like the 37-year-old son of Gregg Allman hasn't been around, of course. Born in Texas and raised in Tennessee and St. Louis (he now resides in the suburb of St. Charles), Allman has been releasing albums since 2003, first with the band Ocean Six and then leading his own Honeytribe. He's also part of the all-star Royal Southern Brotherhood. But "Turquoise," he says, is altogether different from those concerns.

"This is the first time I was able to do a record where it was just song-based and I didn't have to write within the framework of a band," explains Allman, who covers a version of the Stevie Nicks-Tom Petty duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" with Samantha Fish on the album. "With Honeytribe I'm the quarterback and principle songwriter and even produced one of the records, but it wasn't the same.

"So it was pretty liberating to do this, kind of no rules. My main vision for it was to be kind of like Tom Petty or the (Rolling) Stones and just have some simple stories, three chords and something to say. This record just gave me a second to pause and reflect on things I've done and write about that, as well as thing things that I kind of yearn for."

Allman has formed yet another band to play his "solo" shows, while Royal Southern Brotherhood will be on the road this year as well. Honeytribe will also continue, he promises -- "I can resuscitate that at will," he notes -- and he's also rolling out a new hot sauce as well as serving on the board of directors for the National Blues Museum, with the Recording Academy is building in St. Louis.

Meanwhile, Allman adds, "there's definitely going to be a second solo record. I'm kind of having too much fun with this not to keep doing it. And it's great to have a bunch of different ways to express myself."

Devon Allman and Erica Blinn perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets start at $15. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

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