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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the band led by Devon Allman and Duane Betts (sons of Allman Brothers Band's Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts) was recorded live to analog tape by producer Matt Ross-Spang.
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  • Record Label: BMG
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Album Rock, American Trad Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Roots Rock, Southern Rock
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  1. Jun 27, 2019
    70
    The fact that the increasingly complex playing compares so favorably to the antecedents of the Allman Betts Band (including the latter-day lineup circa 2003’s Hittin’ The Note) speaks as much to the intrinsic skill of this unit as to its future potency in a more mature state.
  2. 60
    The outfit gets points for releasing an album comprising new compositions (minus Petty’s tune), which helps establish them as more than another ABB cover act, albeit one with undeniably valid credentials.
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    Jun 27, 2019
    60
    It would be unfair to expect a "Whipping Post" from Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Duane Oakley on their first outing, cut live to tape in Muscle Shoals, as they seek a comparable energy, but they manage to capably shoulder the responsibility rather than sinking under it weight. [Aug 2019, p.25]
  4. Jun 27, 2019
    60
    If Down to the River isn't as adventurous or hungry or exploratory as any Allman Brothers Band album, there's nevertheless a deliberately cultivated warmth that's designed to appeal to Allman fans-and, given a shot, Down to the River may well appeal to that audience.
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