How Devon Allman and Duane Betts Become Brothers of the Road

(Image credit: Kaelan Barowsky)

Devon Allman took a year off the road after the May 2017 death of his father, Gregg Allman, to rest and contemplate. After about six months, he had an epiphany about what to do next: hook up with his old friend Duane Betts, son of Dickey Betts. The two shared a unique bond as fellow offspring of Allman Brothers Band founders, and with that legendary band over and done with, Devon sensed that an Allman/Betts collaboration would be healing for everyone.

“It just struck me that it was time for Duane and me to work together, which we’d been talking about for a few years,” Allman says. “I knew it would make the fans happy and I thought it would be good for us as well.”

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Alan Paul

Alan Paul is the author of three books, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, One Way Way Out: The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers Band – which were both New  York Times bestsellers – and Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues and Becoming a Star in Beijing, a memoir about raising a family in Beijing and forming a Chinese blues band that toured the nation. He’s been associated with Guitar World for 30 years, serving as Managing Editor from 1991-96. He plays in two bands: Big in China and Friends of the Brothers, with Guitar World’s Andy Aledort.