The Allman Betts Band
|DATE: FRIDAY 2. AUGUST 2019
||VENUE: Hovigs Hangar
The Allman Betts Band
Notodden Blues Festival does not stop to surprise. On Friday, August 2, there will be another exciting Norwegian debut at Notodden Blues Festival. It will definitely be more than normal with expectations in the air when Devon Allman and Duane Betts, the sons of Allman Brothers legends Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, enter a Norwegian scene for the first time with The Allman Betts Band.
The audience at Notodden knows Devon Allman well from previous Notodden visits with The Royal Southern Brotherhood, but Duane Betts is a completely new acquaintance. The Allman Brothers Band never made it to Notodden, even though it was very close to happening several times. After a successful year on tour like The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts as "Special Guest", the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Bett tie even closer ties and formed The Allman Betts Band.
After Gregg Allman died and Dickey Betts retired, the Allman Brothers Band is now definitely history. Devon Allman and Duane Betts have decided to carry the rich musical family legacy further. To further emphasize the seriousness of the plans, they have brought their son to another original Allman Brothers, Berry Oakley, Jr., son of Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. In a year in which the Allman Brothers Band could celebrate its 50th anniversary, it is especially nice to be able to have Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley, Jr. and the rest of The Allman Betts Band on stage to make a leap on the rich family traditions.
Allman Betts Band has serious intentions. They recently visited the iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, where they recorded what will be their debut album, "Down To The River," which is scheduled to be released in early June. Stylishly, Devon Allman has said that the album is inspired by both Rolling Stones' classic album "Sticky Fingers", "Layla" by Derek & The Dominoes and everything ever recorded by The Band. Influenced by the environment in the studio where Rolling Stones recorded "Wild Horses" and "Brown Sugar", Bob Seger did "Old Time Rock and Roll" and where Lynyrd Skynyrd attached "Free Bird" to tape for the first time, The Allman Betts Band has developed embraces a seven-head animal sprawling with self-confidence and muscular Southern music.
The tour starts in earnest in late March, and in the summer there will be an extensive visit to Europe. This high profile European tour also goes through Notodden. The new album is produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley). The band's concerts will consist of songs from the new album "Down To The River", songs from their own solo albums and a bunch of classics from the rich Allman Brothers Band catalog.
The Allman Betts Band consists of Devon Allman (vocals / guitar), Duane Betts (vocals / guitar), Berry Oakley Jr. (bass), John Stachela (guitar), John Ginty (keyboards), and R. Scott Bryan and John Lum on drums and percussion.
With all that happening during the day, it may seem like time is right for this South African band that has some Americana, a little Outlaw Country, a huge dose of Rhythm & Blues and strong elements of timeless Rock & Roll. The Allman Betts Band on Friday 2 August at Notodden is a Norwegian debut you must not miss.