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Devon Allman Devon Allman
Album: Ride Or Die
Label: RUF
Tracks: 12

When your surname is synonymous with one of the best-known musical families in American rock history, then you'd better know what you are doing.

Be rest assured that Devon Allman, the son of legendary southern rock star Gregg Allman, certainly knows his stuff.

In his 20-year career he has teamed up with Jack Bruce, played a pivotal role in the Royal Southern Brotherhood, and released acclaimed solo albums.

When the vocalist/guitarist left the Royal Southern Brotherhood in 2014 he set about working on his latest solo album, Ride Or Die.

And he's put his heart and soul into this latest effort - bringing together plenty of influences. From the tub-thumping opener Say Your Prayers, with its rumbling bass and guitar to the closing A Night Like This, with its flanged guitars and lush production, there's plenty in between.

The organ-tinged Galaxies is a thick slice of blues-rock, the acoustic Lost - with its surprisingly effective Talkbox guitar solo- and there's the funked up Shattered Times with its screaming guitar solo.

Throughout the production is all-encompassing - Devon said he a great time making this album and it shows.

If you like your music dripping with good ol' Southern bonhomie, then this will be right up your street.

But there are lots of surprises along the way.

Hold Me is the shortest track on the album but this piano-fuelled romp highlights Devon's vocal talent.

The 12-string Live From The heart is a shimmering delight, and the acoustic-tinged Butterfly Girl with its delicate violin interplay is just great.

Yes there's plenty to enjoy here. Enjoy the ride!

John Knighton