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Allman Son Lives With Surname

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2009

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Having a surname like Allman can be intimidating for a musician — especially when you’re one of those Allmans.

But Devon Allman says he tries not to focus too much on the shadow of legacy cast by his father, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.

“I never really focus on it,” says the Texas-born Allman, 33, whose parents divorced when he was young and didn’t really get to know his father until he was a teenager. “I think if I thought about it all the time it’d drive me crazy. Half the people out there think I have it made because of my family name, the other half probably think ‘That guy’s gotta try 10 times harder to prove himself.’

“I just try to grind my work out and not think about it. I think the main thing is that I’m trying to do the best that I can, ‘cause that’s all I can really expect of myself.”

Allman, who plays guitar and sings, does that with his St. Louis-based band Honeytribe, which released its debut album, “Torch,” in 2006 and has been touring constantly since. He’s recently reformatted the group as a power trio, with longtime drummer Mark Oyarzabal and bassist George Potsos.

“We’ll always be kind of evolving through our trip,” Allman explains. “I’ve always had a vision for a classic kind of ensemble that was really steeped in soul and in blues and in rock. There’s a lot of places you can go from there, I think.”

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 17) at Callahan’s, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $10, Ari Teitel opens. Call (248) 858-9508.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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