Duane Betts Shows the Grittier Side of Florida With 'Downtown Runaround' Premiere


Duane Betts needed to indicate a unique facet of Florida than the sunshine and palm timber within the new video for "Downtown Runaround," premiering solely beneath from his debut EP Sketches of American Music.

"I needed to movie it down in Florida, the place I grew up in Sarasota, the place my dad's facet of the household has lived for a very long time," Betts, the son of and bandleader for Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts. The clip mixes efficiency footage of Betts on the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, N.C., with scenes of him driving a pal's classic Buick by way of quite a lot of landscapes within the Sunshine State.    


"I needed to indicate a number of the rural landscapes of Florida," Betts explains, "and I needed to indicate a number of the grittier facet of a number of the grittier neighborhoods and form of maintain it actual Florida. And I didn't must do a lot; I simply needed to bear the warmth."

The "Downtown Runaround" comes as Betts is taking pre-orders for restricted version, blue-splatter vinyl variations of Sketches, which got here out in April. With the EP, Betts planted a flag for his personal music after years of working together with his father, in addition to a stint touring with Dawes. "I've been ready to do it," Betts says. "There was a cut-off date the place I didn't actually sing and I used to be in bands and enjoying guitar with completely different individuals. But as soon as I began getting the dangle of it, I had my songs and I may sing them, it was form of like, 'OK, I would like to do that.'" Betts has additionally been touring with Gregg Allman's son Devon and his band, and the 2 have shaped their very own band that may begin to file an album in Muscle Shoals throughout late November for launch -- and touring -- subsequent yr.

"We've written at the very least a dozen songs," says Betts, who additionally introduced his common collaborator Stoll Vaughan into the combo. "We're gonna go in and file and simply get what we will and see what we now have and if we have to write one thing extra. When we file the primary few and take a look at what we now have it'll be fairly obvious what we don't have." Betts additionally anticipates having some visitors on the album, "however not too many. Maybe one or two, however not on each music or something. Just a pair who actually add to the story."

Meanwhile, Betts additionally hopes to make a full-length album of his personal down the highway. And he's ready for his father to recuperate from mind surgical procedure after an accident in his Sarasota house throughout August. "He's doing very well," Betts stories. "He's a piece in progress, however he's all there, mentally. It's a very good prognosis. When he got here out of surgical procedure he was joking about, 'Why did you cancel my gigs I had arising?!' to his supervisor. So he's in a really optimistic way of thinking and really motivated. He should still play once more. We'll simply have to attend and see."