|Der legendäre Blues-/Southern-Rock der The Allman Brothers Band lebt weiter! Devon Allman (Gregg Allman's Sohn) und Duane Betts (der Sohn von Dickey Betts) präsentieren mit der neu gegründeten Allman Betts Band endlich ihr lang ersehntes Debutalbum - und es ist ein Killer-Teil geworden. Jammiger, hinreißender Southern Rock und bluesiger Rock mit allem, was die Vorfahren der Zwei je ausgezeichnet hatte, führen sie mit HIngabe, Herzblut, großer Spielfreude, jeder Menge Authentizität, dem ihnen angeborenen Spirit und großer musikalischer Klasse fort. Das Songmaterial ist fantastisch. Mit 3 Gitarristen, 2 Drummern, Bass und Keyboards spielen sie sich im Handumdrehen in die Herzen aller Allmans- und Southern Rock-Fans. "Long live The Allman Betts Band"!
Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:
Down To The River is the highly anticipated debut album from the Allman Betts Band recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The album was produced by Matt Ross-Spang. The Allman Betts Band consists of Devon Allman (guitar/vocals), Duane Betts (guitar/vocals), Berry Oakley Jr. (bass), Johnny Stachela (guitar), John Ginty (keyboards), R Scott Bryan (percussion), and John Lum (drums).
In the summer of 2018, Duane Betts joined the Devon Allman Project on a tour as Allman and Betts performed their own original material along with a few Allman Brothers Band covers. The two began writing music together on the back of their tour bus for a new album. Allman (the son of Gregg Allman) and Duane (the son of Dickey Betts) made a phone call to Berry Oakley Jr. (son of Berry Oakley) and the Allman Betts Band was born.
The album opens with the first single, “All Night,” an upbeat rocker featuring Devon on vocals. The Betts penned “Shinin” follows where Duane takes over vocal duties. The track features a memorable guitar riff with a harmony between Betts and Allman that transports the listener back to the 1970s, truly timeless. Johnny Stachela’s slide guitar is also very prominent and compliments the track well. The title track “Down To The River” has Devon back on vocals and has a more laid back vibe. “Melodies Are Memories” is another standout track with Duane on vocals and Stachela’s slide guitar all over it.
“Autumn Breeze” is the longest track on the album and the definite jam track clocking in at 8 minutes and 43 seconds. There’s 9 tracks total on the album, but there is a cover. “Southern Accents” is a tip of the hat to Tom Petty and features Devon signing over Ginty’s piano. “Long Gone” closes things out with Devon and Duane trading off vocals, which is fitting since they trade off lead duties throughout the album.
Expectations were high for this album, but the Allman Betts Band delivers the goods. It’s an album where the group pays homage to its famous lineage while creating a legacy of its own. The band is in midst of a major worldwide tour and has been on the road relentlessly since its formation. Down To The River is a great start to what will hopefully be a long run for the Allman Betts Band. (Pete Francis / Blues Rock Review)
Das komplette Tracklisting:
1. All Night - 4:44
2. Shinin' - 4:29
4. Down To The River
5. Autumn Breeze - 8:43
6. Good Ol' Days
7. Melodies Are Memories
8. Southern Accents
9. Long Gone