It’s not easy having a famous music name when you’re trying to make a name for yourself. Initially Devon Allman did everything he could to avoid it. He finally embraced it, realizing it was in his blood.
Devon did not have contact with his father Greg until his teens. His parents divorced while Devon was an infant. He was raised in Texas and later moved to St. Louis. He said once he met his father they bonded and have had a good relationship ever since. That helped to inspire him.
It was in St. Louis in 1999 when Devon put together the first incarnation of Honeytribe. They broke up for a while when Devon became a father, but reformed in 2005. This is when they decided they were in it for the long haul.
A former member of the group came up with the name. It reflected the band as being both smooth and delicate, or they could also be big, bad and fierce. Devon said it was sweet like honey and fierce like a tribe.
Their first release came out in 2006 called “Torch”. The record has a classic rock/blues feel to it. It reflects what he grew up listening to, Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Doors and the Allman Brothers Band. Devon says that in addition to the obvious family torch passing, it also stands for the heart and soul that seems to be missing in music dictated by the corporate music industry. He’d like to put his heart and soul into his music for at least the next 20 years. The record was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis where the Allman Brothers recorded “Shades of Two Worlds”. Z.Z. Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan also recorded in that same studio.
Their second release “Space Age Blues” was released in 2010. It too was recorded at Ardent Studios. While recording in Studio C, they referred to it as the mother ship. They hung science-fiction posters and wore NASA spacesuits to create atmosphere and to get into the spirit. Meanwhile in Studio A, Huey Lewis and the News were recording and overheard the music. He stopped by and wound up contributing some harp to the song “Could Get Dangerous”.
With a voice similar to his dad and the influence of his uncle Duane in his guitar licks, don’t miss your chance to see Devon at the beginning of his sure to be long career. Years later you can reminisce with friends saying you saw him when he only had two albums out.
Devon Allman’s Honeytribe will appear at Fitzgerald’s In Berwyn, Il. on Friday, July 29th, 2011. Fitzgerald’s address is 6615 Roosevelt Rd. Phone number is (708) 788-2118. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. Showtime is 9:00 P.M. Admission is just $15.00. No reserved seating.
* Some information was obtained from an interview/article written by Rhys Williams in December of 2006. http://blogcritics.org/music/article/an-interview-with-devon-allman-like/page-3/
** Additional information was obtained from Wikpedia.org and Amazon.com.