Man, that Allman family sure has left its mark on the blues, rock ’n’ roll and jam-band sounds. Whether directly through the family bloodline, or via the extended family of the band, the Allman Brothers Band casts a tall shadow.
Though he didn’t know his father, Gregg Allman, until later in life, Devon Allman is nonetheless part of the family tree. You can hear it in his deep, bluesy, soulful voice and heartrending vocal phrasing. And you can hear it in the way he infuses the Allmans’ post-blues explorations with a psychedelic bent all his own. Whether fronting his own Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, or serving as a member of the “all-star” ensemble Royal Southern Brotherhood - alongside Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott - Allman has proven himself to be a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of considerable prowess.
Allman is poised to drop “Turquoise,” his first proper solo album, in February. At 9 p.m. Saturday, he’ll debut material from that album at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.). Allman will be joined by openers the Little Mountain Band and Slip Madigan, and will be followed by a late-night set from DJ Drop-D. Call 240-9359.
— Jeff Miers