''It's a great show, we have tweaked it and it's got great flow,'' says 46-year-old Devon. ''It's a trip down my career and we play at least a song off of every record of mine, and then Duane Betts comes out and we tip our hat to our dads' catalogue and pay tribute to some of the heroes we have lost recently, like Tom Petty and Prince.''
Devon and Duane have known each since 1989, when Devon was 17 and Duane was 12. "We've had this enduring friendship," Devon muses. "We've always talked about going out on tour together, and now the time seems right. He'll start the show, then I'll do my portion with my band, The Devon Allman Project, and finally the two of us will share the stage for the encore."
"It felt good to take that time off," Devon says in retrospect. "I needed to step back and make up for lost time with the people that are close to me."
Even so, he didn't neglect music entirely. On December 8, 2017, on what would have been his father's 70th birthday, he and a group of special friends celebrated his life and music with a concert at the iconic Fillmore in San Francisco.
"It was a magical evening," Devon recalls. "It was like a family gathering. There was so much great music, so many musicians who had such respect for my father, all of whom felt such a personal connection to both the man and his music. And when my manager told me that we could do the concert at the Fillmore, a place that obviously had such profound ties to my dad's career, I couldn't have been happier."
"It's always been my dream to start a label," he insists. "As the name implies, this will be an artist-run, artist-friendly company which will foster an environment where musicians will be free to create, develop productive careers and make the best records they're capable of making."