Duane Betts will release his long-awaited debut solo album Wild & Precious Life on July 14th via Royal Potato Family. The son of Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts offered the first preview of the album, which features guest appearances from Derek TrucksMarcus King, and Nicki Bluhm, with the lead single, “Waiting On A Song”.

The Sarasota, FL native lets the sunshine seep into the lead single as he patiently waits—fishing rod in hand—for inspiration to strike. It’s no wonder many of the songs were written while home in Florida, and oftentimes in the presence of his Rock & Roll Hall of Famer dad, now 80.

The Sunshine State connections got even deeper as Betts was invited to record the album at Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi‘s Swamp Raga Studio in Jacksonville. At a birthday party in the Florida Keys, Betts found himself talking to the first couple of modern blues about his idea for creating an album highlighting a vintage sound that’s distinctly Floridian. Susan jumped at the idea, and before long Betts and his backing band consisting of guitarist Johnny Stachela, bassist Berry Duane Oakley, keyboardist John Ginty, and drummer Tyler Greenwell were down at Swamp Raga. The troupe recorded the album live to analog tape in a couple of weeks.

“I wanted that old Florida sound, that mix of folk, rock, blues, and country,” Betts told Garden & Gun. “I’d like to think we got it.”

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Check out Duane Betts’ new single “Waiting on a Song” and click here to pre-order Wild & Precious Life. The full tracklist and album artwork are available below, along with a newly announced crop of tour dates for Betts and his new band Palmetto Motel. The tour is set to begin on April 30th in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. Tickets go on sale today, April 19th, via Duane’s website.

Duane Betts – “Waiting On A Song”

Wild & Precious Life Tracklist 

Waiting On A Song
Forrest Lane
Colors Fade
Saints To Sinners
Stare At The Sun
Under The Bali Moon
Sacred Ground
Cold Dark World
Circles In The Stars

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Duane Betts & Palmetto Motel Tour Dates:

4/30 – New Orleans, LA – Chickie Wah Wah

5/18-5/21 – Todos Santos, Mexico – Cosmico Festival

5/28 – Healdsburg, CA – Cosmico Festival

6/17 – Hudson Valley, NY – Follow The Arrow

7/2 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival

7/14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

7/15 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live

7/16 – Jacksonville, FL – The Bier Hall at Intuition Ale Works

7/18 – Charleston, SC – Pour House Charleston

7/19 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre

7/20 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre

7/21 – Roanoke, VA – 5 Points Music Sanctuary

7/22 – Lewes, DE – The Room at Cedar Grove

7/23 – Patchogue, NY – Great South Bay Music Festival

7/25 – Pembroke, MA – Soundcheck Studios

7/26 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s

7/28 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar

7/29 – New York, NY – The Cutting Room

8/12 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox **

8/13 – Fort Collins, CO – The Aggie **

8/17 – Hamilton, OH – Riversedge Amphitheater **

** – w/ Cordovas

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