One of the most highly anticipated shows of the season just got even more exciting. Devon Allman, a star singer-songwriter and guitarist in his own right, will be sharing the stage with his father's Gregg Allman Band on January 8 at the Sailor Circus Arena in Sarasota.
Barbara Strauss, who is promoting the concert , confirmed the addition of Devon Allman's band as an opening act this afternoon. During Strauss' spectacular run as the head of the Sarasota Blues Festival, she arranged for Gregg Allman to headline the event in 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2006. Gregg's final Sarasota Blues Festival performance included, among many other highlights, an emotive duet with Devon Allman during "Midnight Rider."
"It was just a special, magical moment," Strauss says of the Allman show in 2006. "Father and son singing the classic 'Midnight Rider,' it doesn't get much better than that."
While famous for his role as chief singer, songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman has maintained a successful solo career since the 1973 release of the classic album "Laid Back."
Gregg, a former resident of Sarasota and Manatee counties, had a huge hit with the title track to the 1986 album "I'm No Angel" and after reviving the Allman Brothers Band in the 1990s-2000s, earned a Grammy nomination for his latest solo album "Low Country Blues," which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 pop chart in 2011.
Two days after Gregg Allman performs in Sarasota, he will be honored with the "All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman" show taking place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. It will be filmed and recorded for a future release, reads a report by Rolling Stone.
Royal Southern Brotherhood, which in addition to Allman is Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and bassist Charlie Wooton; turned in a fiery, crowd-pleasing set in Sept. 29, 2012, at the Sarasota Blues and Music Festival.
Here's the Gregg Allman Band performing Gregg's song "Dreams," originally recorded with the Allman Brothers Band, featuring a guest, guitar solo appearance by Devon Allman. The clip comes from a show earlier this year: