The Allman Betts Band turned their Sunday night show at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles into a guest-filled affair. The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, former The Black Crowes axeman Marc Ford and Gov’t Mule drummer Matt Abts all sat-in at various points of the concert.
Abts emerged 12 songs into the ABB’s set to play drums on a cover of The Allman Brothers Band classic “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” Then, one tune later, Robby Krieger and Marc Ford came out to join the group on Muddy Waters’ “Trouble No More” and The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” to end the set. For the encore, Marc Ford returned to join The Allman Betts Band on “Wiser Time,” a song The Black Crowes recorded for their Amorica LP during his time in the band.
Gov’t Mule welcomed guitarist Johnny Stachela and bassist Berry Oakley Jr. from Allman Betts Band for the Blind Willie McTell song “Statesboro Blues” made popular by The Allman Brothers Band. Both Haynes and Stachela showed off their slide skills over drummer Matt Abts‘ steady backbeat followed by Louis presiding over a barrel-house piano vamp which gave the rendition a slower, even more blusier feel with Warren and Johnny taking it home.
Gov’t Mule retook the stage with Duane Betts in tow for the encore, “Whipping Post,” which got going with a spooky jam and stretched to over 15 minutes.
On a short break from touring, the Allman Betts Band returned to the historic Muscle Shoals Sound studio in Alabama. Their sophomore album was recorded in 6 days by producer Matt Ross-Spang and is set for release in 2020 on BMG records. Stay tuned!
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
Johnny Stachela – Vocals, Guitar, Slide Guitar
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
In 2018, Johnny Stachela and Duane Betts partnered with the Devon Allman Project as guests, supporting and sitting-in on a nine-month Allman/Betts World Tour, with stops at such iconic venues the Beacon Theater in New York City and Colorado’s Red Rocks amphitheater. The European leg saw Stachela in Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, UK and Germany. Additionally, he performed on the second single, “Downtown Runaround,” and subsequent video from Bett’s debut EP, Sketches of American Music.
Stachela then accepted the invitation to join The Allman Betts Band as a charter member in 2018, recording at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound studio- for their 2019 debut LP, Down to the River, and their 2020 follow-up (TBA) and touring internationally with the group, including dates in Europe and multiple summer festival stops.
He guested with North Mississippi Allstars in Los Angeles and during a 2019 holiday run sat-in with Gov’t Mule in Philadelphia. With the Allman Betts Band, he supported Lynyrd Skynyrd on New Year’s Eve at the group’s final American Airlines Arena appearance in Dallas. As a solo artist, Stachela was invited to perform with Wet Willie on the band’s 2020 Rock Legends cruise.
Brandishing his Gibson SG- a trademark of the late Allman Brothers Band guitarist Duane Allman- and plugging directly into a host of vintage Fender amps, Stachela has found that magical tonal connection between the celebrated legacy of the past and his pursuit of modern blues. His well-crafted style of bottleneck slide evokes favorable comparisons to his heroes- influenced and inspired, never imitating.