Space Age Blues: Devon Allman's Honeytribe
By: Nancy Dunham
Where, oh where, has Devon Allman's Honeytribe gone?
Fear not, they've just been on an eight-week break and are coming back to tour and road test some of the songs Devon's written for the band's new album, Space Age Blues.
"It's halfway written," said Gregg's son. "There is a lot of funky stuff that is different for us. It's hard to describe stylistically but it's really steeped in the old school thing."
Devon knows that avoiding the dreaded "sophomore slump" is key to keeping his band on track. That's why he's taking his time writing this second album, which he expects to have about a dozen songs.
"Everyone gets a [honeymoon for their] debut, but the second record is so important. It's a real statement," he said. "I am not in a rush but I am. It's been two and a half years since the last release and I really want this to be a jaw dropper and heartbreaker."
Devon's currently deciding whether to record in Ardent Studios in Memphis, in a studio owned by friend Billy Bob Thornton or elsewhere (trivia alert: Ardent is the studio where Honeytribe recorded its debut Torch. It's also where the Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and many other musical legends have recorded). Whichever studio he chooses, he sees the album as advancing the band, especially now that drummer Gabriel Strange has joined.
"I think we are still exploring our signature sound," said Devon. "The principals have always been and will also be the dynamics. It's kind of where it's going organically. We aren't in this for MTV or to have hit singles. We're trying to perpetuate the first decade out of the bag and if you want a career in this business you have to slam it down people's throats."
Find Devon Allman and Honeytribe's tour dates here.
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