The Allman Betts Band - Down To The River - Album Review
The Allman Betts Band - Down To The River - Album Review 10
The Allman Betts Band - Down To The River - Album Review 10
The Allman Betts Band - Down To The River - Album Review 10
The Allman Betts Band - Down To The River - Album Review 10
The Allman Betts Band - Down To The River - Album Review 10
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A band steeped in musical history, a newly forged partnership born out of the ashes of their musical past with an intention to honour and earn their place beside their fathers. The Allman Betts Band are no ordinary band, no ordinary musicians and from the off that is apparent. There’s a swagger, a confidence and delivery that you don’t get every day, but these guys already have a lifetime doing their thang and that wealth of experience flows across the nine sublimely penned tracks.

The album opener ‘All Night’ serves as a testament to the quality to follow, the full sound of a polished band, the Hammond organ and duelling guitars make the hairs of the back of your neck stand up as you hear the opening bars. ‘Shining’ carries on the theme with a song steeped in heritage, like it was written forty years ago just wraps around you like a warm blanket of bluesy goodness. There’s a soulful quality in the vocals and an effortless simplicity in the songwriting approach that makes it so easy on the ear, songs like ‘Try’ encapsulate that with its addictive melody and catchy hook.

The album flows beautifully as track by track you unearth another gem, that swagger continues across all nine songs as at a canter each recording is unfolded and laid before you. The album has such a relaxed feel to it, effortless in its execution and equally effortless to appreciate as the songs ebb and flows so well. You can simply switch off and give in to the majestic musicianship on display and lose yourself in its beauty.

 

An absolute must, Down To The River is available now via BMG

 

 

Tracklisting

  1. All Night
    2. Shinin’
    3. Try
  2. Down To The River
    5. Autumn Breeze
    6. Good Ol’ Days
    7. Melodies Are Memories 8. Southern Accents
  3. Long Gone
  4. THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND

    DOWN TO THE RIVER EUROPEAN 2019 TOUR

    Suwalki Blues Festival, Suwalki, Poland

    Sunday 14th July 2019

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    ul. Papieża Jana Pawła II 5, 16-400 Suwałki, Poland
    http://suwalkiblues.com

    Backstage Hall, Munich, Germany

    Tuesday 16th July 2019

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    Reitknechtstraße 6, 80639 München, Germany
    www.backstage.info

    Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Wednesday 17th July 2019

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    5 Avenue du Rock’n’Roll Esch-sur-Alzette, 4083, Luxembourg
    www.rockhal.lu

    Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone, UK

    Saturday 20th July 2019

    Tickets: www.ramblinmanfair.com/buy-tickets
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    Mote Ave, Maidstone ME15 7ST, UK
    https://www.ramblinmanfair.com

    Peer Blues Festival, Peer, Belgium

    Sunday 21st July 2019

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    Deusterstraat 78, 3990 Peer, België
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    Kantine, Cologne, Germany

    Tuesday 23rd July 2019

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    Neusser Landstraße 2, 50735 Köln, Germany
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    Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Wednesday 24th July 2019

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    Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Burg Herzberg Festival, Breitenbach, Germany

    Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th July 2019

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    Königstr. 52-54, 36037 Fulda, Germany
    https://burgherzberg-festival.de/en

    Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany

    Monday 29th July 2019

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    Klosterwall 11, 20095 Hamburg, Germany
    https://markthalle-hamburg.de

    Lido, Berlin, Germany

    Tuesday 30th July 2019

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    Cuvrystraße 7, 10997 Berlin, Germany
    www.lido-berlin.de

    Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany

    Wednesday 31st July 2019

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    Vogelweiherstraße 66, 90441 Nürnberg, Germany
    www.der-hirsch.com

    Notodden Blues Festival, Notodden, Norway

    Friday 2nd August 2019

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    Storgata 1, 3674 Notodden
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    Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK

    Saturday 3rd August 2019

    Tickets: https://academymusicgroup.com/o2shepherdsbushempire
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    Shepherd’s Bush Green, White City, London W12 8TT, UK
    www.academymusicgroup.com/o2shepherdsbushempire

 

 

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