The son of the late Gregg Allman has revealed in a recent interview with the press that “bloodlines” groups, formed of artists’ children, is a much better way of keeping music alive as opposed to tribute bands.
Devon Allman has been on the road with the son of Dickey Betts, Duane Betts. The pair have been performing their own material as well as songs from their fathers’ catalog.
This concept is nothing new, Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham has been doing this for years. Add to that the sons of Creams Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce have recently joined up with Eric Clapton’s nephew to tour with a show called the “Music of Cream.”
Devon told told Rolling Stone recently that: “There’s tribute bands out the ass, it’s a big, money-making deal. But wouldn’t you rather see a Bonham beat the shit out of the drums? And wouldn’t you rather hear an Allman and a Betts do ‘Blue Sky’ and ‘Midnight Rider’ instead of a tribute band? Hell, yes, you would!”
Bring home the point Allman said: “time marches on, it does become important for the next generation to carry the music on, or else it’s just gonna die. Nobody is gonna play that anymore, and if they do, it’s gonna be a sloppy tribute band. I think the people deserve more than that. I think the people deserve to hear it from the bloodlines of the musicians that tuned them on in the first place.”
There is a counter argument to this, the bloodline that resents the fact that they are “seen through the lens of their parent.” When asked Allman said that he: “tempered that outcome by really being hardheaded, and being into alternative music and punk rock and putting out my own records. It was important for me to not fall into that trap and that when I go to play a show that people know my songs.”
Adding: “I’ve got a great fan base. And that’s before my dad’s name was ever even thrown into the mix. So being able to do this for my fans and then to be able to also do something for his fans is the best of both worlds. … You’re not gonna see me come out and do three hours of Allman Brothers’ songs, because me and Duane aren’t the Allman Brothers. But we’ll do a little bit and that means a lot to us.”
Allman also recalled the uproar of the split between his dad and Dickey Betts in 2000. Following the split Allman explained that it didn’t impact his relationship with Duane Betts. “It never even made it awkward,” he explained: “We laughed about. While the world was gasping at the big split, we were like, ‘Whatever, it happens. It’s families, and families become estranged.’ … I do know that my dad always loved Duane, and Dickey has always been down for me and loved me … At the end of the day, we’re all dudes playing music, and there’s nothing but love at the core of that.”