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Duane Betts (from the album Wild & Precious Life available on Royal Potato Family) (by Bryant Liggett)
‘Southern Rock son is in the image of Southern Rock dad’ reads the headline. On his solo debut, Wild & Precious Life, Duane Betts, the son of Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickie Betts, follows in his old-man’s worn, weary, and wonderful footsteps, proving he’s a guitar badass just like dad while laying down catchy Southern Rock that rolls, ripping clean solo after solo. It’s all something about the apple, the tree, and how said apple falls.
Dickie Betts penned cuts in the Allman’s where guitar, vocals and the whole song were the stars. Duane Betts follows suit, the opener “Evergreen” dropping stellar guitar work out of the gate with lyrics just as strong, complemented with a killer trumpet tossed in for good measure. “Waiting on a Song” is reminiscent of Dad’s “Blue Sky” song for The Allmans. “Colors Fade” features guitar work leading a loungey walk and “Under a Bali Moon” features a jazzy, world music infused, jams. There’s a big, Blues guitar in “Cold Dark World” where keyboards give solid support to the guitar work. A big, Boogie riff plays out from start to finish underneath a ripping guitar solo. Duane Betts closes with a dose of Psychedelic Folk for “Circles in the Stars”, a cut that’s acoustic-heavy, showing that Duane won’t always rely on the electric guitar that makes a return towards the end of the cut.
Southern Rock jam lovers will obviously dig the record, but Duane Betts also appeals to the Indie Folk listener, along with those that are fond of the hazy, Indie psychedelics…. Wild & Precious Life is a solid package for all. (by Bryant Liggett)
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