Embarking on their first world tour in 2019 under the auspices of their new collaboration — the Allman Betts Band — the band is touring in support of their new LP, Down to the River.
The album, released this year as an homage to the era of making records Devon, Duane and Oakley loved so much, was recorded only in analog without any digital influence. To helm the board, they tapped Matt Ross-Spang, a producer Devon met years earlier at a taping of PBS’ Sun Studio Sessions and who has gone on to earn Grammys, thanks to his work with Jason Isbell.
In addition to Allman, Betts and Oakley Jr., the band consist of Johnny Stachela on slide guitar, John Ginty on Hammond B3 (Robert Randolph/Dixie Chicks) and Devon Allman Project percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum.
“These guys have blown up this year,” according to local promoter George Claussen of Friends With Benefits, who is bringing the show after working with the Dickey Betts Band for a show in Macon last year.
“All the pieces were there, the fan base was there, the only question was were they going to grab hold, and they have.”
Augusta is so ‘Allman Brothersly’, Claussen said, “It’s amazing how much they sound like their fathers. They don’t want to be everything Allman Brothers Band, but it’s inescapable how much they sound similar.”
“All the guys were together in Macon at our show.” (The sold out Dickey Betts Band show at the Macon City Auditorium on May 17, 2018 that Friends With Benefits promoted).
“I’m not saying that was the impetus for them to form a band a tour together, but it certainly didn’t hurt.” Claussen said.
Tickets are on sale now for the Halloween night performance and are available HERE