The Allman Betts Band: "This is really about our chapter, and we’re still writing it"

Duane Betts [left] and Devon Allman (Image credit: Kaelan Barowsky)

Devon Allman and Duane Betts met each other in 1989 when the Allman Brothers Band - the group anchored by their fathers, Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts - reformed for a 20th-anniversary tour. Devon, 17, walked onto a tour bus and saw a tow-headed preteen Duane listening to music intently on his Walkman.

“I said, ‘Hi,’ and asked him what he was listening to,” Allman recalls. “He said, ‘Testament,’ and I was like, ‘All right!’ We bonded right away.”

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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.