Devon Allman couples family lineage to 'fresh sound' at Hagerstown show

March 25, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Devon Allman rocks The Maryland Theatre Sunday afternoon with his band, Honeytribe.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Given his family lineage, plenty of people are probably tempted to look for resemblances between Devon Allman and his well-known father, Gregg Allman, the soulful, gravelly voiced singer in the Allman Brothers Band.

There are certainly a few similarities, as Devon Allman’s flowing blond hair whipped around his face during an afternoon performance at The Maryland Theatre Sunday with his band, Honeytribe.

Allman, also sporting a beard like his father, delivered some high-energy blues following performances from guitarists Lisa Lim and Duffy Kane.

And just in case the audience forgot about his family history, Allman gave spectators a hint when he pulled out the Allman Brothers’ classic “Midnight Rider.”

Some fans stood up and danced in the aisles as Allman made his way through the tune.

Lim, a native of Fredericksburg, Va., who has played all styles of music for 20 years, took the stage first followed by Kane, a familiar face locally who played at the first Western Maryland Blues Fest.

The Allman Brothers Band was on the minds of a few people at Sunday’s show, as T-shirts paying tribute to that band were visible in the crowd.

Boonsboro residents Cassandra Robillard and her mother, Lucy, said they are Allman Brothers Band fans. Lucy Robillard said she thinks she can hear a little bit of the Allman Brothers Band every time Devon Allman performs.

Cassandra Robillard, however, said she hears something distinctly different.

“He’s got that fresh sound,” Cassandra Robillard said before Allman’s performance.

Given Devon Allman’s skill on the guitar, Brian Socks thinks Devon must have received some guitar pointers from “Uncle Duane.”

Socks, of Waynesboro, Pa., was referring to Gregg Allman’s brother, a guitarist in the Allman Brothers Band who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971.

Socks said he didn’t want to miss Sunday’s show since he missed seeing Devon Allman when he performed during the Western Maryland Blues Fest last year.

“I love blues,” Socks said.

Devon Allman demonstrated his own skill as a musician as he played material off the band’s recordings.

“Sounds like a church in here,” said Allman, referring to the silence in the theater between two of his songs. “It is Sunday,” he said.

Josiah Hixon, stage and property administrator for the theater, said 169 tickets were sold for the performances, although he expected a few more to be sold at the door.

Kane delivered a set of electric blues, then brought out an acoustic guitar for an encore, in which he performed his version of “America the Beautiful.”

“I bought this guitar at Carpenters, man,” Kane said.

Carpenter’s World of Music is a local store that sells guitars.

The emcee of the performances was Larry B, who used the occasion to promote the upcoming Western Maryland Blues Fest, set for May 31 to June 3.

“You know there’s going to be a party,” Larry B said.

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