The Devon All­man Project

Lon­don As­sem­bly Hall

Classic Rock - - Live! - Mal­colm Dome

Bril­liant cel­e­bra­tion of a her­itage and the present.

He looks like a cross be­tween Neil Young and Wurzel Gum­midge, he’s the son of Gregg All­man and part of this per­for­mance is given over to his fa­ther’s legacy, and there’s no doubt that Devon All­man is a provoca­tive tal­ent.

He has a larger-than-life per­son­al­ity that brings to mind Rickey Med­locke in his Black­foot hey­day, and has put to­gether a tight, ami­able band, the mem­bers of which wear ap­pro­pri­ate south­ern rock-style hats.

Joined for part of the tonight’s set by Duane Betts, son of Dickey Betts (an­other All­man Broth­ers le­gend), Devon pays due def­er­ence to his fam­ily’s in­flu­ence through Multi-Colored Lady, Blue Sky, Dreams and Mid­night Rider.

There are also bril­liant – and sur­pris­ing – cov­ers of Don Hen­ley’s Boys Of Sum­mer and The Spin­ners’ I’ll Be Around and orig­i­nal song Alone, all of which dis­play a wel­come melodic hard-rock fresh­ness. The main man even leaves the stage so the rest of the mu­si­cians can de­light with a soul­ful ren­der­ing of Marvin Gaye’s clas­sic What’s Go­ing On.

All­man is at his best when com­ple­mented by Betts, and it’s to be hoped the pair take this al­liance fur­ther. Tonight is about re­spect­ing the past, but there’s also an im­pas­sioned com­mit­ment to the present. This is no trib­ute band.

Devon All­man: at his best when com­ple­mentedby Dickey Betts.

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