Duane Betts feat. Derek Trucks: “Stare At The Sun” from Betts' full length solo debut album

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Monday, May 22, 2023

Today, Duane Betts releases the latest taste from his forthcoming album Wild & Precious Life with the epic, guitar driven “Stare At The Sun” featuring Derek Trucks. The song’s title originated from something that Trucks said to Betts about his father Dickey Betts’ guitar-playing: “He’s a player that’s not afraid to stare directly at the sun.” With that fearlessness and power in mind, Duane and Derek cut a track that builds slowly, determinedly, to a fiery finale.

Listen to “Stare At The Sun” HERE: https://youtu.be/wxtGhlAzvyQ

On July 14th, Duane Betts will emerge from a two-plus decade career spent sitting-in regularly with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Allman Brothers Band, leading rock outfits Backbone69 and Whitestarr, playing alongside his father in Dickey Betts & Great Southern, and touring as the guitarist for folk-rockers Dawes to unveil his solo debut: Wild & Precious Life, a fierce record that captures the emotional release of Betts’ journey to sobriety, his experience falling in love with his soulmate, and acknowledging the fleeting joys of life.

Betts also previously shared “Waiting on a Song” when he announced the album in April, and spoke to Garden & Gun about it.

Featuring Marcus King and Nicki Bluhm in addition to Trucks, Wild & Precious Life was recorded live to tape over two weeks in Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi’s Swamp Raga studio.  A compelling addition to the wider catalog of music under The Allman Brothers Band’s musical family umbrella, Wild & Precious Life celebrates wild, swampy rock n’ roll while breaking new ground in the genre.

Duane Betts and his band Palmetto Motel will be touring all summer in support of Wild & Precious Life. In addition to a previously announced headline tour surrounding the album’s release in July, Betts & Palmetto Hotel have just added eight co-bill shows with Maggie Rose in June. That run will also include their debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. See below for the full itinerary of headlining shows and festival appearances.

Pre-Order/Save: https://orcd.co/wildandpreciouslife

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

Tour Dates:

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

5/28 - Healdsburg, CA - Cosmico Festival

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

6/22 - Columbia, MO - Rose Music Hall ^

6/23 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads ^

6/27 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry House

6/29 - Virginia Beach, VA - Elevation 27 ^

6/30 - Washington, DC - The Hamilton Live ^

7/1 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head Tavern ^

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 **

9/19 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur

9/20-9/21 - Ardmore, PA - Ardmore Music Hall

9/27 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre

** - w/ Cordovas

^ - w/ Maggie Rose