Yes, hes Gregg Allmans son. Yes, he, too, leads his band (Honeytribe) through riffing, jamming corridors of Southern boogie and blues-rock. But Devon Allman goes his own way when it comes to his instrumentguitar, not keyboards like his dadand how he plays itwith some of Santanas searing, note-bending melodies and Stevie Ray Vaughans aggressive attack, and none of the slide-playing his old mans past and present bandmates are known for. As if to drive home his artistic autonomy in a more subliminal fashion, the younger Allman recently streamlined his St. Louis-based Honeytribe, eliminating keyboards altogether. The organ-stoked quartet heard on the bands high-powered 2006 debut, Torch, has slimmed down to a power trio. And thats something in itself: When else have you ever seen an Allman surrounded by that few musicians on stage?
Sun., Oct. 18, 2009