Wednesday, March 16 7:30 pm
In December of 2017, Devon Allman was ready. After a year of mourning the losses of his mother and father, Allman was determined to make music again.
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. 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 and form a new band.
They called up their old friend Berry Duane Oakley (son of the Allman Brothers Band’s late founding bassist, Berry Oakley) and floated the idea of joining them.
As well, they recruited slide guitar sorcerer Johnny Stachela, drummer John Lum, and percussionist R Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow). Finally, keyboardist John Ginty (Dixie Chicks, Robert Randolph) came on board to round out the seven-piece Allman Betts Band.
Motivated by classic recording techniques and vintage gear, they cut their 2019 debut 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 Down to the River. ABB then repeated this winning formula for their 2020 release Bless Your Heart.