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Devon Allman to perform at Tybee Post Theater

 

Devon Allman to perform at Tybee Post Theater

29 Nov 2016

UPDATE: The concert has been postponed due to a death in the artist's family. Get more details here.

Though he comes from a famous musical family, Devon Allman developed his unique style completely on his own.

“All of my connections to music are from the relationships I’ve cultivated,” he says. “Those are all completely cultivated by me and me alone.”

Allman will perform Dec. 3 at the Tybee Post Theater. Joining him will be the Devon Allman Band, performing on Tybee Island as part of the Ride or Die tour, launched at the release of Allman’s third solo album.

While his father is Gregg Allman, Allman’s parents divorced while he was still a baby and he didn’t meet his father until he was in his teens. His father had little impact on his music career.

Instead, it came from another direction.

“I was 5 years old and my mom had Beatles and KISS records on vinyl,” Allman remembers. “They mystified me instantly.

“I think I probably always wanted to be a musician and had the desire to. It took me until my mid-teens, when I realized I could probably do it if I dedicated myself to music.

“I was a pretty well-rounded cat, even at 9,” he says. “I listened to rhythm and blues and heavy metal, and I was into pop, which was kind of confusing.”

Many musicians influenced Allman.

“I liked Michael Jackson, Metallica, Iron Maiden, certainly Hendrix and definitely the Stones, The Cure, The Clash, Curtis Mayfield,” Allman says. “Golly, I’d have to have two weeks to rattle it off.”

At age 13, Allman began playing guitar.

“I thought I’d get more chicks with a guitar than if I played tuba,” he says with a laugh. “I’m definitely sure that has a lot do with it.

“Beyond that, it always mystified me. You can utilize a guitar to write a song.

“You can use a guitar to make an ethereal sound, you can make it talk,” Allman says. “Some aspects just speak to me.”

When he met his father, the two bonded instantly. Still, Allman tried to distance himself from his father’s musical style to avoid comparisons, although he eventually embraced the blues and rock style his family is known for.

Allman is the founder and leader of Honeytribe. He also has been a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood.

His first solo album, “Turquoise,” was released in 2013. The second, “Ragged and Dirty,” was released in 2014.

Allman’s third solo album, “Ride or Die,” was released recently, climbing to No. 1 on the Billboard blues chart. He writes many of his songs, which come from all sorts of influences.

“Life, love, joy, pain — I typically have to kind of live a bit of life and be able to reflect on what I felt,” he says. “I have to have been through what I’ve observed.

“I’m not a person to wake up and write a song at noon all the time,” Allman says. “I can go six months without writing and then sit down and write four songs.”

Writing, performing, recording – Allman likes it all.

“At the end of the day, I’m a record producer, too,” he says. “I derive pleasure from the art of performing and capturing it in the studio in different layers.

“It’s so fun to just put it all together,” Allman says. “I don’t know if I have a favorite.”

One incident stands out to Allman.

“In 2007, I got to play with Les Paul,” he says. “He was 92 and playing every Monday night in Times Square.

“He signed my Les Paul guitar and he brought me on stage. It was the most thrilling night of my career.

“I wasn’t so big into that style of music,” Allman says. “But as an innovator, Les Paul was responsible for multi-track recording and guitar effects.”

He was unique, Allman says.

“He wanted to build a solid body guitar for rock ‘n’ roll to be more sustained and so he could be more of a bad boy,” Allman says. “His legacy speaks for itself.

“The famous players who chose Les Paul as their weapon of choice are formidable,” Allman says. “He is a one-of-a-kind cat.”

Proving apples really don’t fall far from the tree, Allman’s own son plays keyboards.

“He’s wonderful at it,” Allman says. “He hasn’t been bitten by the musical bug, but that’s okay. If you have a good work ethic and never give up, you can be the best at it.”

Allman is looking forward to returning to Savannah.

“I dig Savannah,” he says. “It has such a cool vibe.

“Everyone is so friendly and my dad is close by,” Allman says. “I go there for Christmas. It’s one of the coolest cities in America.”

IF YOU GO

What: An Evening with Devon Allman

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave., Tybee Island

Cost: $20-$25

Info: 912-472-4790, tybeeposttheater.org

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