Devon and Donavon
Mission accomplished! Devon Allman and Donavon Frankenreiter have officially broken the World Record for fastest time to play a concert in each of the 50 states by successfully performing 50 shows in every state in 49 days. The rock ‘n’ roll recording artists and longtime friends along with their talented band mates – Matt Grundy (bass), John Lum (drums), David Gomez (percussion, sax), Jackson Stokes (guitar) – just completed the challenge with their final, celebratory performance in California at BeachLife Ranch, the second annual coastal country SoCal festival co-founded by Frankenreiter, where Devon and Donavon were also presented with custom Gibson guitars.
“This was the craziest tour I’ve been a part of,” shares Allman. “It was really a privilege to get to play for so many people in a really compact amount of time. It was a pretty insane idea that I had to try to beat the record, but it was really fun for the whole band and crew to have this goal the whole time. We missed home a lot, but we got to allow a lot of people to turn off the world for a couple of hours and smile and dance and have a good time. That means everything to us. We just want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us on this crazy endeavor.”
“A once in a lifetime experience playing 50 shows in all 50 states in 49 days,” adds Frankenreiter. “I never thought at the age of 50 that I’d be holding on to a world record. It was the chance of a lifetime, the experience of a lifetime, and the camaraderie between the band and me and Devon was like no other. Once in a lifetime dream come true.”
The See It All American Tour kicked off on August 5th with two shows in one day (Maryland and Pennsylvania) and then crossed the country this summer at a pace that’s never been done, bringing these road warriors to places they’ve never been, traveling over 14,000 miles via bus plus roundtrip flights to Alaska and Hawaii each in one day. The previous record, set in 2003, was all 50 states in 50 days. At each show, Devon and Donavon performed a combined set with the band featuring music from their new collaborative EP, Rollers, as well as hits from their respective solo catalogs, for a show that’s been described as magnetic, fun, and “a hell of a party.” They were also supported nightly by a talented roster of rotating opening acts including Matt Andersen, JD Simo, Matt Costa, Mishka, Jackson Stokes, and Goodnight Texas. Rolling Stone caught up with Devon and Donavon halfway through the journey - PRESS HERE to read. Along the way, Devon and Donavon also shared video recaps of their adventures – head over to their Instagram pages to see how it all went down: @devonallmanofficial and @donavon_frankenreiter.
Before launching the See It All American Tour, Devon and Donavon released Rollers in June via Allman’s Create Records, with its music serving as the tour’s official soundtrack. The 6-song critically acclaimed EP, produced by Luther Dickinson of the multiple Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars, is highlighted by the singles “Calling All You RidersSee It All” as well as a guest appearance from Maggie Rose on “We Belong.” PRESS HERE to listen to Rollers.
See It All
The new single available now.
For nearly four decades Donavon Frankenreiter has been travelling the globe, first as a professional surfer and now as a musician. Born in Southern California, Donavon spent most of his youth chasing waves, turning pro at the age of 16.
These days instead of surf competitions, it’s concert halls that brings Frankenreiter to town, where he entertains audiences with his unique blend of laid-back grooves, philosophical lyrics and soulful delivery.
You can find him touring the world with his three-piece band and still catching waves anytime he can.
Blues Music Award-winning singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer Devon Allman (son of rock legend Gregg Allman) has appeared at the world’s biggest festivals and co-founded the supergroups Royal Southern Brotherhood and The Allman Betts Band, amassing a recording catalog of 11 albums. Allman also writes a column for Guitar Player Magazine, is endorsed by Gibson guitars, and serves on the board of directors for the National Blues Museum.
The world record attEmpt
Rock ‘n’ roll recording artists and globe-trotting journeymen Devon Allman and Donavon Frankenreiter are hoping to make history in 2023. The longtime friends have teamed up for the See It All American Tour to attempt to set the Official World Record for fastest time to play a concert in each of the 50 states, which is currently 50 in 50 days set in 2003. The concept is simple, but the execution will be brutal as Allman and Frankenreiter seek to complete the challenge in 49 days. To commemorate this special occasion, the two multi-talented artists are releasing a collaborative new single “See It All” – The song will be available on DSPs this Friday, April 14th
“I’ve had this idea in my back pocket for the better part of a decade,” shares Allman. “50 shows in the 50 United States in 50 days. I think growing up reading the World Record books, it’s just always been a fantasy to go after a world record. This undertaking is going to be really difficult, but very rewarding and I really found the perfect co-conspirator in Donavon Frankenreiter. We have been jamming together for years now and are quite simpatico…he is the perfect Evel to my Knievel.”
“There’s no better way to see it all but by playing all 50 states in under 50 days and I couldn’t think of a better friend to do something this crazy with,” adds Frankenreiter. “I first met Devon on the Allman Family Revival Tour and we always talked about doing something together. One morning, Devon called me and said he had this crazy idea about breaking a world record. As soon as he said 50 shows in 50 states under 50 days I said ‘Yes, let’s do this.’ And now, a year later, we are ready to see it all…or at least attempt to see it all!”