Devon Allman is a man with a lot on his plate and after talking with him he doesn’t want it any other way. Music is his life, and a relentless tour schedule combined with multiple albums has kept the man busy, which is a good thing for music lovers. With multiple albums behind him, finishing up a new record with the Royal Southern Brotherhood and work on a new solo record soon to commence Allman has found the time to get back on the road. Out touring to support his latest record, Turquoise, he rolls into Atlanta this week for a night of music at the Star Bar on Wednesday night.
Allman has worked hard throughout his career gaining a loyal and devout fan base through a series of blues infused albums and an ungodly amount of touring. Playing wherever he can he brings his music to the people and once you listen to his mesmerizing guitar playing it is hard not to get hooked. He plays many parts, front man (Honeytribe), singer songwriter (solo) and significant cog (Royal Southern Brotherhood) and is able to slip into each hat quite comfortably. His debut solo record, Turquoise, released earlier this year is one of the better records out there today. His guitar playing subtly dominates the record complimenting his booming voice brilliantly. There are tiny differences in the music of his band Honeytribe and the solo work and Devon said it was because the writing & recording process was different and didn’t “rely on dynamics of a group”.
Speaking of the dynamics of a group, he also plays a part in the blues super group Royal Southern Brotherhood (RSB). Teaming with Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott RSB has been quite busy the last year or so. Their debut record hit the streets in 2012 and was an incredible fusion of funk, soul, jazz and blues. They undertook an extensive tour which led to their recent live record/dvd and they just finished recording a new album. Allman said the “stars aligned” and they all came together and immediately had chemistry. As good as the first record was he says wait until the second release because they have been allowed to build on the chemistry and it really shows.
In addition to playing damn fine music, Allman finds himself these days sitting on the board of directors for the National Blues Museum. It is something he is quite passionate about as they raise funds to build the first physical museum in his home town of St. Louis. Talking proudly Allman says it is not just a museum where you go look at historical items but will be an interactive experience. Museum visitors will play an active part as they learn about the history and evolution of the blues.
His tour hits a stop here in Atlanta this week, one of many on a long and winding musical road. Allman’s touring is almost non-stop, taking up big chunks of his year. He says he doesn’t think about being on the road he just does it. Some performers thrive on the open road and Allman is one of those. I suggest you find your way to the Star Bar this Wednesday because it sounds like it will be a damn fine night of tunes. Allman says to expect to hear much of Turquoise, a selection of songs from Honeytribe and Royal Southern Brotherhood some of his family’s music and some “cool cover tunes”. If you miss this night of music you will definitely be kicking yourself.
So go check out Devon’s album Turquoise, hell, check out all of his records and treat your ears to some mighty sweet music. Then when you are done with that get your ass to the friendly confines of Atlanta’s favorite dive bar the Star Bar and enjoy a frosty cold adult beverage along with the music. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Wednesday night. Like always, if you see me there say hi.
WHO: Devon Allman
WHERE: The Star Bar
WHEN: Wednesday, December 11th