Dickey Betts, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band has been announced as one of the headliners at the 2018 Peach Music Festival: the annual Pennsylvania event founded by the Allman Brothers Band in 2012. Gov’t Mule, ex-The Grateful Dead mainstay Phil Lesh and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead are also among the 2018 headliners.
Betts was one half of the Allman Brothers' legendary dual-lead guitar arrangement with the late Duane Allman and he departed the group in 2000. He retired from touring in 2015, but his appearance at the Peach will mark the beginning of a comeback slated to take place this year.
This year also notes the Peach Festival's second instalment to be held since the death of the Allman Brothers' lead singer and founding member Gregg Allman, who died in May 2017 from complications of liver cancer. His son, Devon, will play a set of his own at the Peach Music Festival with Betts' son Duane. Last year's Peach featured an all-star tribute to Allman and to late Allmans drummer Butch Trucks.
Other performers announced to appear at this year’s Peach bash include Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Moe, Twiddle, Tom Hamilton, and J.P. Biondo of Cabinet, the Pennsylvania jamgrass band who recently announced they were going on indefinite hiatus.
Despite taking place in Pennsylvania, the Peach Music Festival maintains a strong connection to Georgia. Gov't Mule, who are set to perform two sets, (one of which will include the group's 2014 LP Dark Side Of The Mule in its entirety) is one of several acts on the line-up, along with Blackberry Smoke and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, to come from Georgia or have ties to the Allmans' network of musicians.
This year’s Peach Music Festival takes place from 19 July to 22 July at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania. More information on the event can be found at the festival’s website.
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