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The Allman-Betts Band // Live @ the Mercury Ballroom // 5.29.24

Article & Photos by: Michael W. Bright

Louisville, KY- The Allman-Betts Band took the stage at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, in a concert that both honored the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band and heralded a continued, enduring musical heritage. With the recent passing of Allman Brothers Band founding member, Dickie Betts, the band finds itself in a pivotal moment, carrying on the torch of an iconic musical lineage.

Comprised of Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman, and Duane Betts, son of Dickie Betts, along with Berry Duane Oakley, son of Berry Oakley, the Allman-Betts Band embodies a new generation of talent intertwined with the DNA of rock royalty. Their music, a fusion of blues, jam band, and Southern rock, resonated with the crowd and paid homage to their roots.

The band delighted fans with their own tracks, including “Up in Smoke,” “Wash in G,” and the poignant “Savannah’s Dream” from their 2020 album, Bless Your Heart, and a few ABB classics. A heartfelt rendition of Dickie Betts’ ode to his daughter, “Jessica,” struck a chord with the audience, earning enthusiastic recognition, applause, and appreciation.

A highlight of the night was when the Allman-Betts Band showcased their reverence for the Allman Brothers Band by covering iconic tracks such as “Blue Sky,” and “Statesboro Blues.” The seamless execution and heartfelt tributes demonstrated the band’s mastery of the catalog and their commitment to honoring the past while forging their own path forward.

As the concert came to a close, emotions ran high as fans reflected on the recent loss of Dickie Betts and the enduring legacy of the Allman Brothers Band. The Allman-Betts Band’s upcoming world tour beginning in Japan at the end of July promises to further solidify their place in the pantheon of Southern rock legends, carrying on the spirit and sound that has inspired generations.

Michael W. Bright
Michael W. Bright enjoyed a 30 year career in rock radio, both on the air and most notably as Program Director of seminal Alternative Rock icon WFNX in Boston. His first concert experience was Jefferson Airplane in 1967 and he hasn't gotten live music out of his system yet. He currently lives on a small farm in pastoral Pewee Valley, outside of Louisville, Kentucky with his huge family.

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