Devon Allman Honors Family While Ripping Up Anthem at the Hard Rock Sioux City Thursday
Devon Allman brought his solo band to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa Thursday night as part of the Thursday Night Blues Series and made a lot of new fans with a passionate 100 minute set that included music from his Honeytribe days, his last solo record "Turquoise", a sneak peek at his upcoming "Ragged & Dirty", a song he wrote for his Royal Southern Brotherhood (who were originally booked for last night, but had to cancel due to Cyril Neville's illness) and a couple of covers that offered a tip of the hat to his famous family.
Devon is the son of Gregg Allman and nephew of the late Duane Allman and though he told me early in his musical career he literally tried to go the opposite way from his southern rock and blues roots, inevitably it's in his blood. Watching him perform Thursday night, you can see his Pops and uncle coming through, but Devon Allman is an artist to be reckoned with in his own right.
Comparisons are going to be natural when you carry that famous name, but he certainly doesn't trade on it or ride the coattails of his southern rock royalty lineage. Devon is a strong songwriter, really good guitar player and singer, and born bandleader who isn't afraid to let his young, talented bandmates share the spotlight.
We got a chance to visit for a few minutes before the show (which you can watch below) and I found him to be humble yet confident; a man who knows who he is and where he wants his career to go not only in the next year or two, but literally 20-30 years down the road. He's a dedicated family man raising a son who will be a freshman in high school this year, and although he plays some keyboard like his grandpa, Devon says he just wants his son to follow his passion, to find something that he is going to LOVE doing for the rest of his life. And you can see that Devon definitely has found something he loves to do and he is VERY good at it. As great as the solo show was, I can only imagine at this point how great the Royal Southern Brotherhood shows are when you have such a talented lineup and see how close they are on and off stage.
As much as I was expecting a good show Thursday, I was still taken for a ride to new heights as Devon led his band through songs I wanted to hear, plus covers of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" (which he did on his "Torch" album), Jimi Hendrix' "All Along The Watchtower" (with a chorus from U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" thrown in the middle) and a pair from the Allman Brothers: "Melissa" and "One Way Out".
Devon is about 15 years into his professional music career and based on our conversations, his recorded work and the show Thursday, he's well on his way to not only making his name known alongside of his relatives, but also making an indelible mark on the music business as a performer and producer.