THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND are:
Devon Allman | Duane Betts | Berry Duane Oakley | Johnny Stachela | John Ginty | R Scott Bryan | John Lum
The Allman Betts Band returns to the road this fall, kicking things off October 18th at the Great Mississippi Balloon Festival in support of their debut album Down To The River released earlier this year.
The album was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL, and was produced by Grammy Award-winning Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine).
In addition to the band’s rescheduled dates, The Allman Family Revival will be returning for its third year in celebration of Gregg Allman's birthday, This year the show is expanding to 3 nationwide performances. San Francisco at The Fillmore, Denver at the brand-new Mission Ballroom, and NYC at The Beacon Theater. A portion of the proceeds will go to School of Rock, to help fund after-school music programs that are picking up the slack for the alarming lack of in-school music programs declining nationwide.
The Story of The Allman Betts Band:
In December of 2017, Devon Allman was ready. After a year of mourning the losses of his mother and father, Allman was ready to make music again. He deeply appreciated all of the condolences and well-wishes, but, respectfully, it was time to forge ahead.
Allman organized a concert at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco to honor the music and memory of his father, founding Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and singer, Gregg Allman, and also to debut his new band, The Devon Allman Project. A proverbial star-studded affair- with guests such as G. Love and Robert Randolph - the marathon performance also marked the beginning of a partnership with Duane Betts, son of founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist and singer, Dickey Betts. It was time, in that historic venue, to pass the spirit to this next generation. It was time to take all the lessons of the past, all their collective experiences, and make something new.
Betts recently had turned solo after a touring stint with folk-rockers Dawes, and would serve as an opening artist on the Devon Allman Project 2018 world tour, as well as joining Allman each night for a musical tip of the hat to their respective fathers. The year-long trek was the first to pair Allman and Betts, and saw the two tally nearly 100 dates at theatres and festivals nationally and internationally, including a summer leg in Europe, and notable appearances at Colorado's venerable Red Rocks amphitheater, the Peach Festival, Gov't Mule's Island Exodus in Jamaica, and a return to The Fillmore for the second annual, sold-out Allman Family Revival.
2018 provided them a certifiable proof-of-concept: Performing a repertoire gleaned mostly from their respective solo careers, as well as a handful of Brothers gems, the Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts consistently drew audiences growing in size and enthusiasm with each successive leg.
Now, they were both determined to embrace a new challenge; to write and record new music that could someday join the classics; to wow new audiences; to form a new band. During off-days on the bus or in hotel rooms, Devon and Duane collaborated on new original material, inviting respected songwriter Stoll Vaughn for intense writing sessions on the road.
On the still-smoldering heels of the hugely successful Project world tour, Devon and Duane circled back to their roots for this ambitious next step. They called up their old friend Berry Duane Oakley, son of the Allman Brothers Band's founding late bassist, Berry Oakley, and floated the idea of joining them. The trio's musical friendship traces back to The Allman Brothers Band's 20th anniversary summer tour in 1989 when the three first met, and often sat-in with the Rock-And-Roll Hall of Fame inductees; teenage descendants rightfully joining a rock-and-roll legacy.
As well, they recruited seasoned players from the Project ensemble: slide guitar sorcerer Johnny Stachela, drummer John Lum, and percussionist R Scott Bryan.
In November of 2018, they announced the formation of The Allman Betts Band.
For a subsequent world tour, they recruited keyboardist John Ginty (Dixie Chicks, Robert Randolph) to The Allman Betts Band. The band's first performance was March 26, 2019 - 50 years, to the date, after The Allman Brothers Band first jammed in Jacksonville, Florida. This is The Allman Betts Band.
THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND are:
Berry Duane Oakley
R Scott Bryan