Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter and guitarist Devon Allman, who discusses the creative process and goals for his new album “Ride or Die,” currently topping the iTunes and Billboard Blues charts.
About “Ride or Die”:
Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Stage Studios and Switchyard Studios this past May, it found Allman and an exceptional cast of musicians — Tom Hambridge (drums/co-production), Tyler Stokes (guitars), Steve Duerst (bass) Ron Holloway (saxophone), Bobby Yang (strings) and Kevin McKendree (keys) — locked in a creative chemistry that honestly invokes the need for faith and persistence in precarious times. Having composed or co-composed all but two of its songs, Allman eloquently expresses what it means to be human, while staying true to his muse, regardless of where it leads him. On songs like the solid, steadfast opener “Say Your Prayers” or the brittle and bite of “Galaxies,” he invests his blues-rock traditions with a modern sway and savvy. “Blues was born down South,” he says, “And it’s a massive part of the culture. But blues is a very open entity in my mind.”
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