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The Allman Betts Band

Friday, May 24, 2024 @ 7:30pm

Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Individually, they’re Devon Allman and Duane Betts, two solo artists and modern-day guitar heroes who’ve both spent years creating their own version of American roots music.

Together, they’re the leaders of The Allman Betts Band, a supergroup anchored by sharp songwriting, fiery fretwork, and an historic legacy. Inspired by the classic sounds of the group’s family tree, The Allman Betts Band makes timeless rock & roll for the modern world, blurring the boundaries between blues, Americana, and southern soul. Over the course of two critically-acclaimed studio albums, hundreds of live shows, and annual performances of the Allman Betts Family Revival, The Allman Betts Band has established its own legacy of music and brotherhood.

Devon and Duane first met as children in 1989, when their fathers — keyboardist Gregg Allman and guitarist Dickey Betts, both co-founders of The Allman Brothers Band — brought their boys on tour for the group’s 20th anniversary tour. “When you grow up on tour like that, it connects you at a young age,” Duane says. “From that point on, we knew we were family. Even though we never lived in the same city, we always had that bond.”

In late 2017, Devon and Duane found themselves onstage at the Fillmore in San Francisco — a performance that would birth not only The Allman Betts Family Revival tradition, but also The Allman Betts Band itself. “That night would’ve been my father’s 70th birthday,” Devon recalls, “so I put together a one-off concert to celebrate his life and his music. Duane joined me for some songs. Our families had been intertwined for years, and we always knew we might form a band at some point in our lives. That show proved we had the chemistry to do it.”

The musical chemistry grew throughout 2018, while the two songwriters played more than 100 shows across the world. Along the way, they began writing new songs in hotel rooms and tour bus lounges, creating their own version of the soulful, guitar-fueled music they’d grow up loving. Flush with material, The Allman Betts Band recorded its debut album, Down to the River, at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The guys tracked the record live, recording to two-inch analog tape without the use of computers or digital editing. Down to the River was released in 2019, reaching Number 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and cracking the Top 10 on multiple Billboard charts.

“We’re keeping the tradition alive,” says Duane. “The Allman Betts Band is an original band, and our albums are the foundation of what we do, but we’re also happy to include a couple tips-of-the-hat to my dad and Gregg Allman during our sets, too. They’re part of our influences. They’re part of our history.”

History, indeed. There’s a rich lineage to The Allman Betts Band, whose two leaders are carrying the musical torch once held by their fathers. This is a group of musicians who proudly live in the present, though, not the past. They make music for today, creating a new soundtrack for the American South, blurring the lines between genres along the way. There’s a bluesy Americana band with a teeth. They’re a rock & roll band with soul. They’re first-rate songwriters and top-shelf guitarists, always searching for a new song to sing. They’re The Allman Betts Band.

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