The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts

December 7, 2018 · Doors open at 7:00 pm

The Devon Allman Project

Devon Allman, former leader of Honeytribe and the Royal Southern Brotherhood, as well as the son of the late Gregg Allman, will embark on a massive tour with The Devon Allman Project. The Devon Allman Project will be joined by special guest Duane Betts for a 30+ minute encore each night, while Duane will also open each show.

The Devon Allman Project is a sextet that finds Devon joined by percussionists John Lum and R. Scott Bryan as well as bassist Justin Corgan, guitarist Jackson Stokes and organist Nicholas David. Duane’s opening set will find Dickey Betts’ son aided by guitarist Johnny Stachela and Devon’s rhythm section.

Each club/theater show will begin with a 30-minute set from Duane Betts & Co. Then, The Devon Allman Project will play a one-hour set that will include songs from Honeytribe, Royal Southern Brotherhood, The Devon Allman Band and choice covers. As mentioned, the concerts will culminate with all eight musicians joining forces for Allman Brothers tunes and other classics as part of a 30+ minute encore.

Devon Allman

Allman is the son of Gregg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) and Shelley Kay Jefts. His parents divorced when he was an infant, and he grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri, raised by his mother.

Allman began playing music as a teen, but was not influenced by his father. He did not meet his father until he was in his teens, but they then bonded instantly. For several years in the 1990s he performed around the growing St. Louis blues and rock music scene, while also managing a suburban Guitar Center store where he met his future Royal Southern Brotherhood bandmate, Mike Zito.

In his twenties, Allman tried various musical styles and sounds to distance himself from his father’s sound and avoid obvious comparisons, though his father did not meddle in Allman’s career. In his thirties, Allman embraced the blues and rock genres.

Allman grew up on classic, blues-inspired rock music, and has specifically mentioned Santana, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and The Allman Brothers Band as influences…

Duane Betts

There is learning and there is knowing. From sit-ins, sessions, and sideman shifts, Duane Betts learned. Then, Duane Betts knew.

As a teen, Betts cut his teeth sitting-in regularly with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Allman Brothers Band, led by his father, Dickey Betts. Named by his dad in honor of his late Allman Brothers bandmate, the renowned Duane Allman, this native of Sarasota, Florida relocated to Southern California in the late 1990s, becoming a consummate musician in Malibu rock bands such as Backbone69 and Whitestarr, and sharing the stage with luminaries from Jack Johnson and G. Love to Kid Rock and Phil Lesh.

After 15 years of honing his craft in numerous bands, the Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter knew it was time to take all that he learned and make it his own. Following celebrated stints with folk-rock darlings Dawes, and with Jamtown- a supergroup featuring Love, Donovan Frankenreiter, and Cisco Adler- plus a near-decade stint with his dad Dickey Betts’ post-Allman Brothers Band outfit, Great Southern, it was time to step out from the side of the stage and move to the center.

It was time for Betts’ own six-string stories and impassioned songs portraying a life, and a history, steeped in blues, rock, and country music tradition to be heard.

Duane Betts knew it was time to go solo…

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