Unfortunately, we lost two prominent and masterful blues musicians from the same band in 2017. At the end of January, we tragically lost Butch Trucks, longtime drummer of blues-rock pioneers Allman Brothers band and uncle of slide master Derek Trucks. Then, on May 27th, we had to say goodbye to Gregg Allman, one of the main founders of the Allman Brothers Band and a well-known pianist, guitarist singer, and song writer. The Allman Brothers were one of the most respected Southern blues-rock bands in history and paved the way for younger musicians to make a statement in the genre. Some of these young musicians even include the sons of Allman Brothers alumni. Devon Allman and Duane Betts are continuing the pure musical traditions of their fathers and bringing great blues to the modern scene.
Devon Allman is the son of Gregg Allman and was born in Texas before moving to and growing up in St Louis, Missouri. Unfortunately, he didn’t meet his father until he was well in his teens, but he had an innate passion for music early on. However, as soon as the two musicians met, they bonded instantly.
Since he didn’t rely or piggyback on his father’s illustrious career, Devon made his career the old-fashioned way, by working hard and earning his way. He worked as a manager in the Guitar Center music store in St. Louis where he met his future bandmate Mike Zito. The pair formed the blues-rock group Royal Southern Brotherhood. He has been touring and recording with various bands and recently began the Devon Allman Project, a collective of great musicians who are preserving the sound and traditions of bands like the original Allman Brothers.
Joining him in this adventure is another relatively unknown musician with a familiar name: Duane Betts. The son of the prominent Allman Brother lead guitarist, Dickey Betts, his son Duane is named after one of the greatest blues guitarists and slide players we had, Duane Allman. Betts tried to stay away from music and attempted to become an accountant for some time, but the “guitar was in his DNA.” Now, Betts plays in a band with his father, tours on his own, and is now a part of the Devon Allman Project, playing songs and solos that sound intriguingly and soothingly like his father’s playing.
Don’t miss this young and fiery continuation of the Allman Brother’s sound live on Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive Cruise in 2019!