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Allman's Honeytribe album full of old-school vibe

Allman describes “Space Age Blues” as “Darth Vader meets B.B. King.” But sci-fi references are subtle.

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
Space Age Blues
Provogue (PRD 7315 2)
Grade: ****


By Michael Popke

“Darth Vader meets B.B. King” is how vocalist/guitarist Devon Allman describes “Space Age Blues,” the second release from his blues-steeped power trio. Apart from the expansive title track, the sci-fi references are subtle. But an old-school vibe inhabits these 11 tracks, from the smoldering “Salvation” to Allman’s scorching guitar solo on the blues-rock stomper “I’m Ready.”

Devon is Gregg Allman’s son, and he proves he can front a band just as effectively as Dad can, with his deep, soulful voice. Allman invokes his Southern-rock pedigree on “Endless Diamond” and the moody “New Pet Monkey” (which also boasts some sexy sax), while Huey Lewis blows harp on the raucous opening track “Could Get Dangerous.” The brief acoustic guitar piece “Bleu est le Vide” is dedicated to “the beauty & culture of France,” and Honeytribe unexpectedly covers Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke.”

The album closes with “Insh’allah,” an instrumental that sounds absolutely timeless.

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