The Allman Betts Band - Down to the River Colored Vinyl 2LP
The Allman Betts Band Down to the River Colored Vinyl 2LP
Debut Album from Devon Allman and Duane Betts Project Recorded Live on Two-Inch Analog Tape at Muscle Shoals Studio: Down to the River Vinyl 2LP Has No Digital Edits
Led by Devon Allman, son of founding Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and singer, Gregg Allman, and Duane Betts, son of founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist and singer, Dickey Betts, Down to the River was recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studios with producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).
They brought in Gregg's former bandmate, Peter Levin, and former Allman Brother Chuck Leavell as guests, adding organ and piano, and recruited seasoned players from the Project ensemble including slide-guitar wizard Johnny Stachela, drummer John Lum, and percussionist R Scott Bryan. Motivated by classic recording techniques and vintage gear in the historic Alabama studio, they cut the album live. No computers. No digital editing. Setting up as one in the studio, they tracked nine songs on two-inch analog tape, resulting in their debut album.
The beginning of the partnership between Devon Allman and Duane Betts goes back to the Gregg Allman tribute show at the Fillmore in San Francisco. It was time, in that historic venue, to pass the spirit to the next generation. It was time to take all the lessons of the past, all their collective experiences, and make something new. Following that concert, Betts would go on to serve as an opening artist on the Devon Allman Project 2018 world tour, 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, tallying nearly 100 dates across the US and internationally, and increasingly drawing larger audiences with each successive leg.
After a successful year of touring, the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts officially joined forces to form a new group together. Their first call was to old friend Berry Oakley Jr., 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 inductee. They then recruited seasoned players from the Project ensemble: slide guitar sorcerer Johnny Stachela, drummer John Lum, and percussionist R Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow).
The Allman Betts Band Down to the River Track Listing:
1. All Night
4. Down To The River
5. Autumn Breeze
6. Good Ol' Days
7. Melodies Are Memories
8. Southern Accents
9. Long Gone
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