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Interview:
Devon Allman's ready to get the blues, Chicago style
 

By GARY GRAFF
21st Century Media/Digital First Media, @GraffonMu

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Devon Allman released his first proper solo album, "Turquoise," back in February, after leading his band Honeytribe and also taking up membership in the all-star Royal Southern Brotherhood.

For his next project, he plans to get the blues.

EArly next year Allman, the son of Allman Brothers Band co-founder Gregg Allman, plans to head to Chicago in February to record "on all old gear, with a bunch of the cats that played with the blues legends in Chicago." The set will be titled "Ragged and Dirty," a title he says represents "he vibe of the production of it. It's going to be very raw, very old sounding, but with a modern twist. It's going to be the most true blues record I've ever done; I've always been bluesy but I've never dived right into the heart of it.

"So this one's going to be really heavy on guitar and come out and punch you in the teeth."

Allman -- who's also planning a second Royal Southern Brotherhood album for the new year -- says "Ragged and Dirty" will featuring both originals and "some very, very interesting covers that will surprise people." And he's as anxious to hear it as his fans are.

"This is "kind of the record people have been waiting for me to make," notes Allman, 41, who's on the board of directors for the new National Blues Museum that's being built in his home town of St. Louis. "I just kind of felt like it's time I've always had an affinity for blues, but doing straight-up, traditional blues is kind of dusty to me. So I spent a good many years doing blues-inspired rock music or pop music or Southern music that still pulled a lot from the blues.

"Maybe now it's that I'm a little older or more mature or really wanting to connect the dots on where I got all that stuff. I don't know why, but it just feels right."

Devon Allman and Dirty Basement Blues perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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