Allman Brothers Band: Ramblin' On

Space Age Blues: Devon Allman's Honeytribe

By: Nancy Dunham

Devon Allman
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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Road To Shambala Thu 3/19/2009 09:15AM
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Road To Shambala


irtimed starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/19/2009 09:46AM
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They're better off without dickey. don't believe me? read the article.

farquha starstarstarstar Thu 3/19/2009 11:05AM
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this band kicks ASS

nsafay Thu 3/19/2009 11:05AM
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The Allman Bros Band is just freakin amazing. My favorite band ever. What hisory of rock and roll saga that has a few of the greatest musicians of all time as the lead characters. Man how I wish I could have seen Duane live in person then, and man how much I wish I could be in New York right now seeing some amazing shows now. My jaw drops in wonder everytime Derek Trucks gets a solo. Please keep it coming fellas!

nsafay Thu 3/19/2009 11:06AM
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sorry "what a history" I meant in there.

Deadphishbiscuits Thu 3/19/2009 11:08AM
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hope they announce a nasty summer tour with atleast one western ny stop on the map love me some allmans i sure do

jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/19/2009 11:53AM
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I know...I know...but I still miss Dickey.

Mexicenfood Thu 3/19/2009 02:38PM
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i have a 1130 bus tomorrow to NY cant wait to see two nights of the brothers, they are as good now as they have ever been, play awesome sets and have great guests

Parsonsgoggles starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/19/2009 03:30PM
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Fox in Oakland....!!!!!!!!!!

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/19/2009 08:21PM
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clapton tonight. dicky had the best guitar solos period. thats the end of it. better is subjective. probably wouldn't be as successful with him. music, who knows.

gsu8406 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/19/2009 08:43PM
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Great article! I've been checking these Beacon sets and been getting more and more jealous every time. Can't wait for Wanee this year. I've made it down there every year they've had it and it's a blast. Y'all stay healthy and make sure all the brothers make it down this year.

gsu8406 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/19/2009 08:57PM
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Dreams and Layla with EC tonight!!! Anyone know some deals on last minute flights to NY?

nsafay Fri 3/20/2009 05:45AM
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Differ on the above Betts comment. Duane's solos were WAY more intense/quicker/unique/etc. In fact, I believe that Warren and Dereks's solos have better style and skill than Dickey's, but hey, that's only my opinion.

Wholedamnlawn Fri 3/20/2009 06:23AM
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Great look at what the band has going on this month. Honest Tune also had some really good stuff about the Allmans this month.

jmasur Fri 3/20/2009 06:33AM
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I've listened to the band since 1970, and just now appreciate how much Dickey

brought to the group. He and Duane played off each other so beautifully. The band was a little more free-form with Dickey, because he had a jazzier feel than Warren, who is primarily rooted in the blues. Also, I think Gregg and Dickey challenged each other (musically) and that amped things up.

kandrokitis starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/20/2009 08:09AM
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RIP Duane and Berry. The new lineup is definitely doin the music justice and more though. Derek and Warren are two of the best guitarists around today and possibly one of the best guitar combos ever. and not many people can play the bass like Oteil.

Dire46daysWolf Fri 3/20/2009 10:41AM
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one the best jam bands out there right now....a powerhouse to say the least keep on Ramblin'!

WidespreadMule3 starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/20/2009 11:15AM
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love me some allman brothers! i've been listening to the beacon runs and i gotta say they're still stronger and tighter than 80-90% of the bands out there. i just hope ole gregg can handle to keep on keeping on. i have a great fear they're not gonna be together much longer. i'd love to see them one more.

D-Line Fri 3/20/2009 02:14PM
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not a bad article but no love for Allen Woody? you serious? and there are two nights still on sale. and p.s. the band isnt better off without dicky, they are a differnt band, still awesome, but differnt. im just waiting for dicky to come out on this run, they are missing so many good songs in the setlist that are his, blue sky anyone? rambling man? back where it all begins? BRING DICKY HOME. ive been to every show on this run and last nights clapton show was insane, hands down the best night so far, but they were all great in their own way. also, i saw roger waters there last night, MAYBE A "WISH YOU WERE HERE" TONIGHT WITH CLAPTON????? FOR DUANE???

(clapton was roger waters guitarist on his first tour without pink floyd)

D-Line Fri 3/20/2009 02:17PM
-2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up! this is a link to hear music from this run, have fun, your welcome

mgizmo Fri 3/20/2009 06:20PM
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"You're an asshole when you're drunk" Great quote from Butch Truck's wife. If only more people realized this!

phishinpanic Sat 3/21/2009 08:27AM
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I've been to the cemetary where Duane and Berry rest next to each other. There headstones have mushrooms engraved on them "and the road goes on forever".

phishinpanic Sat 3/21/2009 08:28AM
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I know, I know.."Their"

boom shanker Sat 3/21/2009 04:14PM
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boom shanker

haha mushrooms on headstones is brilliant! lord i was born a ramblin' man!

garrettgsell starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/21/2009 05:54PM
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RIP Dickey... Lets hope he gets sober sometime.

futhepharmer Sun 3/22/2009 08:57AM
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anyone know where to get me some ABB SBDs for DLing?

Barneyfife star Mon 3/23/2009 06:15AM
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I cant believe anyone would trash Dickey Betts. How about Liz Reed, Jessica, Ramblin man', Back where it all begins, Southbound. Who is Derek Trucks to be in the Allmans for a year or two and say Betts has gotta go? Betts should be in the Allman Brothers Band, Period. A living legend kicked out of his own band. This article made me sick to my stomach, and bummed me out to hear Trucks said that. I've been to plently of Betts band shows, and he is still blowin' it up!!

Ching starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/23/2009 01:25PM
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Awesome article!!!

be sure to check out OTEIL w LEE BOYS next week!!!

kaiserbun starstarstarstar Mon 3/23/2009 05:45PM
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the whole dickey thing is tough to analyze no matter how you look at it. sure he isn't nearly the best guitar player the band has ever had. duane, warren, and derek are all way ahead of him, but he was the best songwriter in the band, the reason they stayed together after duane died, and the heart and soul of the band for a very long time. that needs to be remembered in my opinion, bashing him is completely unecessary and shows that your not a true allman brothers fan if your doing it. he wrote instrumentals like jessica, liz reed, and high falls by himself. warren haynes has praised how hard it is to do that. sure gregg has sobered up, but he was a piece of shit for years and years. he couldn't finish shows half the time in the 90s. however, after hearing the story over and over the past few years i can't necessarily say i disagree with the rest of the band for removing betts. it sounds like they just couldn't make it work with the situation. i personally love the current sound of the band. derek trucks is flat out amazing, and they're still going strong. However, if your going to take a look at the overall history of the allman brothers, dickey betts should be a very large part of it.

rainydayman starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/23/2009 06:48PM
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^^^^ Barneyfife, you are quoting the wrong Trucks. Derek didn't say those things about Dickey Betts, Butch did....duh.

jayhawk21 Mon 3/23/2009 09:37PM
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JB and Jimmy Herring played with them tonight, I heard it was nasty

kappy9991 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/24/2009 12:00AM
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March 23... one of the best sounding Allman Shows ive ever been to

redwhiteandgreen starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/15/2009 10:09AM
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If y'all are looking for a new band that has a similar vibe to the A Bros, but who is pushing the sound forward check out Blues and Lasers. Two drum sets, two lead guitars, heavy shit. Support the next generation!!!