Guitarist and singer Johnny Stachela of The Allman Betts Band has self-released a new single, “County Farm,” available across all digital platforms.

The song – a cover of “County Farm Blues” written and first recorded in 1930 by folk-blues icon Son House – recalls House’s time at Mississippi’s Parchman Prison Farm and the rigid prison driver, Captain Jack.

Recorded at Stachela’s home studio during quarantine, the moving and evocative tale seemed particularly poignant at this moment in history.  “I was first attracted to the song ‘County Farm Blues’ because it felt very dangerous. Music like that is born out of oppression that still exists today, 90 years later,” says Stachela. “The haunting vocal and intricate slide guitar, it’s raw emotion. I’m so captivated by that sound, I feel somewhat responsible to carry it forward.”

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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, Bless Your Heart, 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 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.

In 2021, Stachela completed several tours with both The Allman Betts Band and the Allman Family Revival. After The Allman Betts Band announced its hiatus in early 2022, Stachela turned to writing, performing, and production work with Duane Betts for Betts’ debut solo album. Recording sessions for the new project commenced in Spring 2022 at Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s Swamp Raga Studio in Jacksonville, Florida.

The forthcoming Betts album, issued by the Royal Potato Family label, is set for release in the summer of 2023.  In support of the new record, Stachela joins Betts as a member of his new band, Duane Betts & Palmetto Motel, embarking on an extensive U.S. tour including festival dates and headlining appearances. As well, in the spring of 2023 Stachela released the single, “County Farm Blues”, a cover of the 1930s Son House folk blues, across all digital platforms.

After decades of perseverance, and with his well-crafted style of bottleneck slide evoking favorable comparisons to his heroes- influenced and inspired, never imitating- Johnny Stachela has become one of the more highly respected guitarists in modern blues and rock.


County Farm Blues

by Johnny Stachela

Digital Album Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high quality download in MP3, FLAC, & more. Buy Now $5 USD

1. County Farm Blues
2. Firefly
3. Hard Rain
4. Handle It

released March 21, 2023


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