Review and Photos by Lewis J. Tezak, Jr.
On December first, Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (DBGB’s) was proud to welcome back the next generation of the World Famous Allman Brothers Dynasty, Devon Allman! Having just recently finished recording sessions for his first solo album Turquoise, Duke’s was proud to be included in this breakthrough album’s release tour. His album features Myles Weeks on bass and Yonrico Scott on drums, with contributions from North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, Ron Holloway and many others. It’s well worth a listen to hear the next generation of Allmans in true form.
The crowd erupted into cheers and applause when Allman and his band arrived on stage and proceeded to tune their equipment and launched into “When I Left Home”. After the song Devon thanked the crowd for coming out to see him and the band. Allman, who just returned from a European tour with Royal Southern Brotherhood, commented that the band literally just came together the Monday prior to the show, with some of these members having just met that day for the first time.
Surprisingly, for having known each other for such a brief period and with limited time to practice, this band sounded incredible. Allman showed his ability from the start on the guitar with incredible pinpoint fretwork and powerful soulful vocals that took his songs elsewhere altogether. Finding inspiration in a wealth of influences from Memphis soul and the guitar-driven blues-rock of the 1970s to jazz and R&B, Allman infuses his songs with a high-octane performance. After a brief set break, the band returned to the stage to deliver several more songs to the excited audience at DBGB’s. The band, sitting on bar stools for this portion of the show, appeared very relaxed and moved into “Melissa” which brought a thunderous roar from the crowd. The band finished off the night with an encore of “One Way Out”. With a love of music that is obvious, Devon Allman and his band delivered an evening of virtuoso instrumentation and a show that was packed with one great song after another.
When I left Home, Set Me Free, Homesick, Strategy, Memphis, Into the Darkness, Torch, Dangerous (bass Solo), Draggin My Hart Around (brief setbreak) Melissa, Turn Off the World, Time Machine, Mahalo
Encore: One Way Out