The sons of Allman Brothers Band co-founders Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, and Berry Oakley have just officially announced the formation of the Allman Betts Band. After a successful year touring as the Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts — the band will finish out their engagements and launch the new outfit early in the New Year with 11 theatre gigs now on the books for the Allman Betts Band (ABB).
The new combo will kick off 2019 with a new ABB album set for the spring — featuring former Allman's alumnus and current Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell — and a worldwide tour “that will feature new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band.” The new ABB will include Devon, Duane, Berry Jr. along with slide guitar virtuoso, Johnny Stachela, and Devon Allman Project percussionists R. Scott Bryan and John Lum.
Duane Betts admitted to us that obviously the band's lineage is going to attract a lot of attention and curiosity — but at the end of the day, he and Devon Allman want to be judged for the music they create: “Y'know, when you put those two names together there's an interest — we're not afraid of that. We don't not want them to be interested, but we just want to make great music, we're not, like, trying to cash in on our names. We wanna make quality art, great music, and that's the. . . That's the deal, y'know? We just wanna make music that stands the test of time, y'know?”
Source: Pulse of Radio