PHOTOS: Allman Betts Band and Static in the Attic at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City, 09/19/20
The Allman Betts Band carries on the legacy of The Allman Brothers Band, and on Saturday, Sept. 19, the group made up for the Brothers’ annual tradition of the Peach Music Festival in a way with a live performance at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City.
Led by Devon Allman, son of founding Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and singer Gregg Allman, and Duane Betts, son of founding ABB guitarist and singer Dickey Betts, The Allman Betts Band was scheduled to return to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton just 15 miles away before the Peach Fest was rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, so when it was safer to hit the road, they swung back to Northeastern Pennsylvania on their Bless Your Heart Autumn Drive-In Tour in support of their new album, “Bless Your Heart.”
“I think we definitely challenged ourselves, pushed ourselves artistically, and widened the spectrum on all levels. We wanted something that was a little more sweeping. A deeper experience,” Betts said of the album.
“I hope what people hear on ‘Bless Your Heart’ is a band that’s having a love affair with being a band,” Allman added.
The band played songs from both this and their 2019 debut, “Down to the River,” as well as ABB classics, proving that their skills lives up to their namesakes. Carbondale blues rock trio Static in the Attic opened the show with some impressive musicianship of their own.
“Felt so good to be back in the saddle again! Thanks to the fine folks in Butler, PA; Auburn, NY; and Scranton, PA for a fantastic weekend. We could definitely feel the love,” the band posted to social media two days later, sharing several of NEPA Scene’s photos since.
“Thank you also to the incredible crews that worked their asses off all day to make the shows possible and the promoters and venues for hosting us. Can’t wait to play some more music for y’all coming up next month.”
The band currently has drive-in and outdoor shows scheduled through Nov. 1.