The Allman Betts Band was forced to cancel the tail end of its UK/European tour in August 2019 as Devon Allman was taken ill whilst touring in Germany and had to recover from an emergency appendectomy operation. Devon is now back fighting fit and The Allman Betts Band releases its second full-length studio album titled Bless Your Heart on Friday 28th August 2020 via BMG. The first single, Magnolia Road was released on all DSPs Friday, June 19. The official music video for the track was exclusively premiered via The ABB official YouTube channel the same day. Devon Allman and Duane Betts joined the premiere and chatted live with fans.
Magnolia Road is the tie-dyed contender for summer favourite. A semi-autobiographical lyric shared by Betts and Allman, ironically this is the only song on the album with band collaborator Stoll Vaughan as its sole author. Vaughan wrote the song alone, though namechecking detailed parts of Betts’ and Allman’s life, respectively. Musically it evokes the group’s affection for The Band and the Grateful Dead.
Watch the music video for Magnolia Road here –
When The Allman Betts Band released Down to the River in June of 2019, the debut album represented not only the first time the group had recorded together but, in fact, the first time the seven-piece ensemble had ever played together. If Down to the River was the sound of the band’s combustible sparks igniting, then Bless Your Heart is its bonfire, built for the summer of 2020 and beyond; a double-album follow-up fuelled by road-forged camaraderie and telepathic musical intensity, vibrantly reflecting the individual and collective experiences of these seven, all drawing inspiration from the band’s symbolic hometown, a place Devon Allman calls “the United States of Americana.”
A conflagration of influences and invention, confidence and ambition, Bless Your Heart captures a vast, panoramic scope throughout a baker’s dozen of modern rock. Ragged and stomping. Heady and frayed. Soaring and scorching. Generational and genteel. West Coast scenes and Gulf Coast shores. Gateways of the Midwest and swamplands of Florida. Wyoming’s Big Sky. New York’s Big Apple. Chicago’s Broad Shoulders.
We look forward to hearing the new album and hopefully when we receive some encouraging news with regards live music, we will be able to welcome the band back to the UK to tour.