Devon Allman – Ride Or Die
2016 – Ruf Records
Ride Or Die, the third solo album from Devon Allman is quite strong and very bold. Recorded in Nashville, this rocking, soulful and rootsy recording confidently hits on all cylinders. Allman returns to the studio with co-producer/drummer Tom Hambridge, along with guitarist/bassist Tyler Stokes, bassist Steve Duerst, saxophonist Ron Holloway, violinist Bobby Yang, and keyboardist Kevin McKendree.
Best played loud, “Say Your Prayers” masterfully ushers in the album, firing off catchy marching riffs and wavy psychedelic licks. Allman adds more heat to the swirling rock anthem “Galaxies”, asking “when galaxies collide, will you ride or die?” Allman performs this one with a beautiful intensity. Allman sings “Watch What You Say” with the attitude and suaveness of Tom Jones. His vocals, dripping with soul and conviction, are wonderfully accented with his stellar guitar playing. I love the bouncy folky rhythm Allman threads through “Live From the Heart”. It is contagious and a sheer delight. He then wraps the album up with “A Night Like This”, a big meaty track consisting of jet-streamed riffs, lush keys and bubbly blasts of sax. I can’t help but think of James Bond when I hear this fabulous piece. It truly would make for an astounding 007 theme song.
Ride Or Die is a lovely album, and is Allman’s best work yet.
Devon Allman Band with Rusted Root | House of Blues | Review
Devon Allman Band opened for Rusted Root
Rusted Root made a big splash in the early-mid 1990s with a couple of trendy albums and participation in early Furthur and HORDE festivals, as well as opening slots on Santana, Dave Matthews Band, and Page & Plant tours. The Pittsburgh, Pa.-based folk/alt-rock band steeped in African/Middle Eastern beats has kept its music torch burning ever since, still led by front-man Michael Glabicki (lead vocals, acoustic/electric guitars), and co-founding members Liz Berlin (backing vocals and a plethora of hand-held percussion instruments), and Patrick Norman (bass, backing vocals).
The band’s seminal, tribal-tinged song, “Send Me on My Way,” also remains synonymous with the band. And indeed the song is currently featured on a national car rental company’s TV commercials.
Rusted Root’s 90-minute set at the House of Blues consisted of songs from across their timeline, including old favorites such as the euphoric, dance-inducing “Ecstasy” and an extended version of the mid-tempo, hypnotic “Laugh as the Sun.” Rusted Root also delivered outstanding treatments of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” and dearly departed David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.” The set also included a few heavy-grooved songs from what promises to be a fine upcoming album.
Singer-Guitarist Devon Allman Looks Back Fondly on the Time He Spent in Northeast Ohio
Singer-guitarist Devon Allman, who shares the bill with jam rockers Rusted Root at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at House of Blues, has fond memories of Northeast Ohio. He lived in the area for a few years and became a regular at the old Richfield Coliseum.
“Back then in my collection, I had Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix and Iron Maiden and Hall and Oates and Slayer — everything,” he says via phone. “I’ve always been that way. I always had very vast musical taste buds. I saw every show I could [at the Richfield Coliseum]. I saw Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and tons of shows. I always ended up going alone. Everyone’s parents were freaked out by heavy metal. My mom would drop me off and then tell me where to meet at 11. I would go and rock the show. I was grateful that my mom had some vision and understanding that it’s no different than if your mom dropped your kid at the art museum. It’s an enriching experience.”
Initially, Allman, the son of classic rocker Gregg Allman, played a few different styles before settling on the blues.
Jambands.com: Devon Allman to Release New Album Ride or Die
Devon Allman will release a new album Ride or Die on September 16 via RUF Records, the follow up to 2014’s Ragged & Dirty.
Devon Allman produced the record and it was co-produced by Tom Hambridge and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Stage and Switchyard Studios, Allman is joined by Hambridge on drums, Tyler Stokes, Steve Duerst and special guests Ron Holloway, Bobby Yang and Kevin McKendree.
“This album is really about mixing all of my influences,” says Allman of the varied mood. “Soul, rock, blues, alternative and more. It’s about making an artistic statement, not about fitting into any category. I produced this album to be an eargasm of emotion.”
Pre-order the album here.
Devon Allman on going solo, the blues and continuing the Allman legacy
Devon Allman was raring to go when he picked up the phone on the road to Barrie, Ontario. “Yeah, c’mon!” he said when I asked if now was a good time to talk. The musician was one month deep into his latest solo tour: on July 2, at Portland’s Safeway Waterfront Blue Festival, he’ll get to open for his famous father in a full evening of Allman music. Gregg, the former Allman Brothers Band singer, will headline the festival’s first night after having to drop out of 2014’s event due to illness; Allman Brothers founding drummer Jaimoe will bring his latest group, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, to the stage as well.
The younger Allman, now 42, was born just months after the Allman Brothers Band released “Eat a Peach.” He started learning guitar at age 13, beginning his career in Honeytribe and going on to form the blues supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood with Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton. In recent years, he’s carved out time for his solo work: his latest album, 2014’s “Ragged & Dirty,” was recorded in Chicago with Buddy Guy producer Tom Hambridge. We talked about that Chicago sound, how he’s passing the family legacy down to his son and becoming “officially” busier than his dad.
You’ve been on the road for a month now, how’s the tour going?
DA: It’s been going great, man. I did four years with Royal Southern Brotherhood, so (this) has been the first time that I’ve been able to kind of concentrate on my discography.
You didn’t release solo albums until recently. What does it mean to you to be doing music under your own name?