October 21, 2010

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Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Space Age Blues
Provogue Records, Oct. 26

The vulgarities first: yes, it’s Gregg Allman’s son; yes, he can karaoke his dad probably better than anyone else in the world; and no, he isn’t some sort of Paris Hilton of the blues industry (he claims to have grown up playing soccer and eating Happy Meals like everyone else in the ’burbs), but let’s not get carried away, because Huey Lewis blows harp on one of the tunes here (the very straightforward mid-tempo beer-bar-skeezer “Could Get Dangerous”). There’s some sort of hare-brained scheme to front this as “the first sci-fi blues album,” a notion that probably popped into his head when at some point he watched Star Wars on mute with BB King playing in the background; in fact there’s very little about this that hasn’t been attempted. That said, Allman’s guitar soloing is full of feel — he’s a one-man Zep in the title track, sounding like his dad futzing with a cover of “Since I’ve Been Loving You” on it — and, well, this is Greg Allman’s DNA in full bloom, thus he can expect the Paris Hilton treatment from any reviewer who knows what that pedigree means. A

— Eric W. Saeger