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Devon Allman and Duane Betts: Brothers of the Road

Larson Sutton | April 05, 2018
Kaelan Barowsky

It’s high noon on a Wednesday in late December and, outside a Malibu coffee shop, Devon Allman is sipping a hazelnut latte. He sits in the shade, careful to keep his arms inked with tattoos out of the Southern California sun.

Devon is in town to celebrate the holidays with family as well as to prep for his upcoming world tour. The return to the road follows a year off for the singer/guitarist. He has taken a break from the grind just once before, a five-year hiatus after his son was born in 2000.

This time, he needed space to deal with the other side of the circle of life. Late in 2016, Devon’s mother passed away and then, in May of 2017, his father, Gregg Allman, died after a prolonged battle with liver cancer. Devon canceled nearly an entire year of performances to mourn their passing.

But in August, word spread of a possible show to honor his dad—maybe in New York or Florida. A few musical friends would join him to pay tribute to the life of the legendary Allman Brothers Band singer and organist.

Devon got a call from his agent, who explained that interest in the concert had rendered the Florida venue too small. They needed a bigger place. A few days later, another offer came to play San Francisco’s The Fillmore on December 8, and Devon accepted. And, that booking set the groundwork for his current return to the road.