You might think someone whose last name is Allman and who plays blues-influenced rock music might be trying to cash in on the family name.
Once you hear Devon Allman, you stop thinking that.
Devon is the son of Gregg Allman, but he didn't meet his famous father until he was in his teens and his interest in music was already taking shape.
But Devon and Gregg became close personally and musically. Devon Allman's music moved closer to his father's style, and sometimes Devon would join his dad on stage. (They played together in a concert at Sarasota's Sailor Circus Arena just last year.)
Devon Allman doesn't need his famous father to get him gigs, though. He's released a couple of respected solo albums. As well as albums with Royal Southern Brotherhood, Devon Allman's Honeytribe,and Ocean Six. And when he's onstage with his father, he's got the musical chops to keep up with the world-class band.
He'll be in Bradenton tonight for a solo gig at Ace's Live Music.
Devon Allman doesn't rely on his family name for his success, but he's confident enough that he doesn't shy away from his father's legendary legacy. The "special guest" at the Ace's show is Berry Duane Oakley, the son of Allman Brothers band bassist Berry Oakley. Berry Duane Oakley is a respected bass player in his own right. He's played with Billy Cobham, Edgar Winter and Robby Krieger.
Details: 8 p.m. May 21 Ace's Live Music, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Information: 941-795-3886, aceslivemusic.com.
-- Marty Clear