Devon Allman

Devon Allman
Biography

DEVON ALLMAN WAS RARING TO GO WHEN HE PICKED UP THE PHONE ON THE ROAD TO BARRIE, ONTARIO. “YEAH, C’MON!” HE SAID WHEN I ASKED IF NOW WAS A GOOD TIME TO TALK. THE MUSICIAN WAS ONE MONTH DEEP INTO HIS LATEST SOLO TOUR: ON JULY 2, AT PORTLAND’S SAFEWAY WATERFRONT BLUE FESTIVAL, HE’LL GET TO OPEN FOR HIS FAMOUS FATHER IN A FULL EVENING OF ALLMAN MUSIC. GREGG, THE FORMER ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND SINGER, WILL HEADLINE THE FESTIVAL’S FIRST NIGHT AFTER HAVING TO DROP OUT OF 2014’S EVENT DUE TO ILLNESS; ALLMAN BROTHERS FOUNDING DRUMMER JAIMOE WILL BRING HIS LATEST GROUP, JAIMOE’S JASSSZ BAND, TO THE STAGE AS WELL.

THE YOUNGER ALLMAN, NOW 42, WAS BORN JUST MONTHS AFTER THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND RELEASED “EAT A PEACH.” HE STARTED LEARNING GUITAR AT AGE 13, BEGINNING HIS CAREER IN HONEYTRIBE AND GOING ON TO FORM THE BLUES SUPERGROUP ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD WITH CYRIL NEVILLE, MIKE ZITO, YONRICO SCOTT AND CHARLIE WOOTON. IN RECENT YEARS, HE’S CARVED OUT TIME FOR HIS SOLO WORK: HIS LATEST ALBUM, 2014’S “RAGGED & DIRTY,” WAS RECORDED IN CHICAGO WITH BUDDY GUY PRODUCER TOM HAMBRIDGE. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT CHICAGO SOUND, HOW HE’S PASSING THE FAMILY LEGACY DOWN TO HIS SON AND BECOMING “OFFICIALLY” BUSIER THAN HIS DAD.