The club/theater shows will feature a 30-minute opening set with Duane Betts using his go-to guitar player, Johnny Stachela, and Devon Allman’s rhythm section. After a 15-minute break, the Devon Allman Project will play a one-hour set which will include songs from Honeytribe, Royal Southern Brotherhood, The Devon Allman Band, and a few covers. The night will culminate with 30-minute plus an encore featuring all eight musicians playing Allman Brothers Band tunes and other classics. Festival dates will be a straight 90-minute set.
Devon Allman, singer/songwriter/guitarist and son of Gregg Allman, debuted his new band, The Devon Allman Project, at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on Friday night. The evening was a double celebration as it was also the birthday of the late Gregg Allman. Following the opening performance from Duane Betts, son of original ABB guitarist/singer/songwriter Dickey Betts, the Devon Allman Project took the stage for the headlining set.
From there, the show continued for the “special guests” portion of the evening, with bassist Berry Oakley Jr., son of original ABB bassist Berry Oakley, Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band) holding it down with the core band. Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Robert Randolph, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr.), Brooklyn Allman, G. Love, Ben Sparaco, Alex Orbison, and Johnny Stachela all traded places throughout the evening, playing through several Allman Brothers Band classics.
Thursday night at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier, guitarist Duane Betts and his fellow Pistoleers guitarist Johnny Stachela joined the rhythm section of Gov’t Mule- drummer Matt Abts and bassist Jorgen Carlsson- forming the quartet, Bando. Throughout the summer, the historic ocean boardwalk hosts free Thursday night concerts on its planks. With an empty post-holiday date on the calendar, Rusty’s offered its own free show, bringing the four together for this unique one-off. Bando played a near two-hour set mostly of covers, ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones to a pair of classics from The Allman Brothers Band. Betts and Stachela alternated vocals much of the night, with Stachela taking on Hendrix with “Spanish Castle Magic” and several blues standards, while Betts offered the Stones’ “Silver Train” and two originals, including “Taking Time.” The pair of guitarists extended solos on nearly every entry, including over fifteen-minute versions of the Allman’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and a closing “Whipping Post.”
Handle It – EP
by Johnny Stachela Band
Digital Album Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high quality download in MP3, FLAC, & more. Buy Now $5 USD
1. Handle It
3. Weight Of Your World
4. Automatic Pistol
released June 17, 2016
Sebastian Ciceri – Bass, Vocals
Vincent Fossett. Jr. – Drums
Produced and Mixed by Jorgen Carlsson
Engineered and Mastered by Steve Holroyd
Recorded at Rogers Boat Studio
All songs written by Johnny Stachela
“Handle It” and “Weight Of Your World” co-written by Stoll Vaughan
Johnny Stachela, an accomplished slide guitar player, has maintained a tireless schedule of performing and recording in Los Angeles for nearly two decades. But his musical journey began long before that.
At age 5, Stachela says, “I would learn Black Sabbath riffs on a one-string toy guitar.”
When he was 12 his parents gifted him an electric guitar and amplifier. Since then he has gone on to record with Grammy Award winning producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin), and he has warmed up stages for guitar legends like Dickey Betts, Robbie Krieger, and Mike Campbell among many others.
Making music, for Stachela, is a calling that began with his connection to the blues.
“The blues to me has always been about the feeling. And that’s what I loved about it. The blues is honest. It’s life. It’s so real. When it hits, all the other bullshit just fades away.”
Through his commitment and dedication to the craft, Stachela is creating a legacy all his own with the release of two solo EPs and numerous collaborations with other artists.
In 2017, Johnny Stachela and Duane Betts played a one-off show with Gov’t Mule’s Matt Abts and Jorgen Carlsson as Bando. The two guitar slingers also played sold-out shows with North Mississippi Allstars at the Roxy in Hollywood and an opening set for Devon Allman Project at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
All of this jamming led to the formation of Duane Betts and the Pistoleers, which now serves as an outlet for Betts original material. Stachela and Betts will be on the road with the Devon Allman Project for much of 2018.
The Allman/Betts world tour is making stops at beloved North American venues including The Beacon Theater in New York, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, and Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. The European leg of the tour kicks off in August with shows in Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, UK and Germany.