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Local Music Notebook: Devon Allman vs. Luther Allison

"If Devon Allman's last album Turquoise will 'punch you in the teeth,' as he described his 2013 Ruf Records debut album, Ragged & Dirty (October 14, 2014, Ruf Records) will be more inclined to sooth your soul," S. Victor Aaron writes for Something Else!.

"That might sound like a paradox for an album so named as it is, but Allman's first recording since his Royal Southern Brotherhood supergroup with Mike Zito and Cyrille Neville made waves obviously inspired him to become a one-man supergroup with his solo career.

"Like his famous father and late uncle, there are rock, blues and soul sides to Allman; Gregg and Duane Allman's perfect blending of the three practically gave birth to Southern rock.

"On Ragged & Dirty, does the same kind of blending, but gets an end product that's distinct from the Allman Brothers. 'Half The Truth' points the way, a hard rocking guitar that totally respects the blues changes, and Marty Sammon's B3 organ adds a crucial R&B element.

"That song also signals that this record isn't necessarily region-bound: Allman went to Chicago to find his backing band for this project and it's produced by the drummer, the Grammy winner Tom Hambridge. Even the album title points to the Windy City, as it's taken from a Luther Allison song of the same name."

Let's see how he does:

Luther.

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Devon.

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Synchronymphony
"For rock drummer and composer Stewart Copeland, there has been musical life after The Police," Classicalite reports.

"Copeland, who once drove the rhythms of that iconic '80s rock band, has quietly been composing film scores, chamber music and even operas. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform one of his biggest projects to date, an original score for the classic silent film Ben-Hur: a Tale of the Christ, during a screening of the film at Orchestra Hall on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m."

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Earth Suckage
"Oozing Wound Announce Tour, Making You Think Of All Your Past Injuries."

Here's a taste:

Yum.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on October 14, 2014


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