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Interview:
Devon Allman is his father's son -- and his own man
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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After more than two decades of performing, leading one band (Honeytribe), being an all-star member of another (Royal Southern Brotherhood) and releasing two solo albums, Devon Allman feels like he's established his own identity away from his famous surname.

"I think that every album that I put out and every year that I continue to tour the world, I further and further make a case for myself as being from the Allman family rather than just being the son of Gregg Allman," says Allman, 42, who was born in Texas and now resides in St. Louis.

"I think that everything is going to be based on my work ethic and my body of work. And I think the more I keep plugging away the more I tend to get my props, so it's good. I think the further I go down the path the better it ends up being."

Of course that didn't stop the younger Allman's name from being tossed into the speculative ring last year when Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced they were leaving -- after which the group effectively shut down.

"There was a lot of, 'They should get Devon. They should get Duane Betts. They should get Robert Randolph...'," Allman recalls. "Of course I was flattered to be in the mix, and obviously because my last name is what it is, I was brought up. But they worked really long and hard to keep a level of supreme excellence with that band, and I think they did the right thing" by retiring.

Allman, meanwhile, has plenty on his plate these days. Still touring to promote 2013's "Turquoise" and 2014's "Ragged & Dirty," he's working on songs for his next album, which he predicts will be "more of a straightahead, no ballads, dark, bluesy, smoky kind of thing." He's also been writing songs with Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser of Blue Oyster Cult, among others.

And Allman is on the board of directors for the blues museum that's being opened in St. Louis by the Grammy organization, and he's gearing up for an increased role with that operation. "The next phase for me will be to actually reach out for artifacts from the artists to be displayed there once it's open," he says. "I think something of this size people are going to want their things in it. I don't think we'll have a hard time getting stuff and it's just gonna be a really nice place for the blues to call home."

Devon Allman

8 p.m. Saturday, June 13.

Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills.

Tickets are $20 and $25

Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.




Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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