The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duanne Betts, will tour the UK in September 2018. All tickets, priced £20, go on sale at 9am on Monday 26th February from www.thegigcartel.com and 08444 780 898.
On August 12, 2017 after spending much of the summer off the road, Devon Allman, former leader of Royal Southern Brotherhood and Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, reignited his career with an appearance at an all-star tribute to his father Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks at Peachfest (an Allman Bros. curated festival in the Northeast U.S.). Chuck Leavell, Jaimoe, Duane Betts, Marc Quinones, Peter Levin, Oteil Burbridge, Dave Schools and many others participated in the special tribute.
The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts (son of Dickey – former member of Dawes and Great Southern) first kicked off their 2018 World Tour with a very special show at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 8, 2017. The Fillmore show featured guest appearances by Luther and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Samantha Fish, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr.), Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos, Dr. John, Rolling Stones ) and long-time Gregg Allman keyboardist, Peter Levin, will act as the musical director.
On the forthcoming UK tour, The Devon Allman Project welcomes special guest Duane Betts. Each night will feature a set of Duane’s originals, Devon Allman originals, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Honeytribe songs along with an encore set including Allman Brothers songs with Devon, Duane and special guests participating.
On September 7, 2017, ahead of kicking off the 2018 World Tour, Devon participated in an event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles with multiple Grammy winning producer, Don Was, Scott Sharrard (Gregg’s Musical Director) and Gregg’s long-time manager, Michael Lehman.
Just two days later, on September 9, Devon accepted the key to the city of Macon at the historic Big House Museum on his father’s behalf. The Mayor proclaimed December 8th Gregg Allman Day.
Not even a week later, there was yet another event and performance at the Americana Music Fest on September 15 with Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, Pony Bradshaw, and John Paul White (Civil Wars).
Additionally, Devon joined The Gregg Allman Band at the Laid Back Festival (Gregg Allman estate curated event) in Atlanta on October 14. The band performed songs from Gregg’s final album, Southern Blood, followed by a handful of Allman hits led by Devon.
A series of lengthy accomplishments have entitled Devon to take his own place in the Southern Rock pantheon.
His remarkable resume spans almost two decades, from his post-millennial breakout with Honeytribe, and the widely revered super group Royal Southern Brotherhood. Devon has also had occasion to jam with the greats such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Mr. Les Paul, Keith Urban, Gov’t Mule and Lynyrd Skynyrd just to name a few.
Through his run of successful solo albums, Turquoise was highly regarded by USA Today: “Turquoise is reflective and soulful”; while Ride or Die hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts.
Devon is also a contributing writer to Guitar Player Magazine as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
Devon has done a Q & A ahead of the tour:
- What’s the best gig that you’ve been to in the last five years, or has inspired you the
David Gilmour in Chicago …holy s**t. How the hell he got his tone to sound just like the
records in a basketball arena is beyond me. It was quite literally a master class in feel. His
tone was liquid, ethereal, velvety… I was mystified from the first note.
- What is your favourite part of touring and what is your least favourite part of it?
I love making people happy for 2 hours a night. I get to lead them through a break from
the world and that feeds my soul ….that is why I do it. Least favourite is I miss my son,
siblings and loved ones and it’s hard to find fresh veg juice.
- What’s your favourite UK venue so far, and why do you like it so much? Can you share
some memories about this venue?
Royal Albert Hall because it’s the bollocks. It was an honour to play there a few years ago
with Royal Southern Brotherhood.
- Do you have a pre-show ritual? If so what is it?
I have my cats make a circle. We give to thanks to the universe, we ask for the groovies to
align, to watch over our families. I slap my ribs to get the adrenaline going and I usually tell
the cats to “take your pisses and text your bitches” …and that’s tongue and cheek and said
lovingly….so pipe down feminists.
- How do like to relax on a day off during a tour?
That’s for me to know and you to wonder about.
- Are there any up-and-coming bands out there that you really like? If so who are they?
F**k yes I love Caroline Rose, Jason Isbell, The Record Company …so many more …There’s
great great s**t out there if you dig.
- How do you prepare yourself for a tour?
Smoothies, hang with my son, play lots of heavy metal on vinyl.
- What can we look forward to on the tour?
It’s a great show. We have tweaked it and it’s got great flow. I love every member of my
band and every song we play. It’s a trip down my career and we play at least a song off of
every record of mine and then Duane Betts comes out and we tip our hat to our dads’
catalogue and even some tributes to the heroes we have lost recently like Tom Petty and
- Your special guest is Duane Betts. Are there going to be any more special guests?
Stay tuned …because you know that s**t is happening.
- You have been touring the Devon Allman Project all over the world. Any favourite places so far and any stories you can share with us?
I love Italy, Australia, Norway, really anywhere that has people ready to throw down and
good electricity. As for the stories ….wait for my book, it’s gonna be a good book.
The Fleece, Bristol Sunday 2 September Book 12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJ https://thefleece.co.uk
Robin 2, Bilston Monday 3 September 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston WV14 7LJ www.therobin.co.uk
Islington Assembly Hall, London Tuesday 4 September Upper St, London N1 2UD http://islingtonassemblyhall.co.uk
Riverside, Newcastle Thursday 6 September Neptune House Coroners House, Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RQ www.riversidenewcastle.co.uk
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Friday 7 September 33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds LS6 1NY www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk
Academy 3, Manchester Saturday 8 September Moss Ln E, Manchester M14 4PX www.manchesteracademy.net