On Thursday, November 1, Billboard.com, the music industry’s leading publication, will host the premiere of Duane Betts’ video for “Downtown Runaround,” the second single from the independent Americana artist’s debut EP, Sketches of American Music.
“’Downtown Runaround’ is about the struggle. I have had my fair share of it. I sat down with Stoll Vaughan with the riff and in my guitar case was a piece of paper with some lyrics from years ago. They just guided us to the truth.”
For the singer-songwriter/guitarist “Downtown Runaround” is a major statement, and will be the second video, following “Taking Time,” Betts has issued from the universally well-received Sketches, released in April.
The most requested track on the album, the filming for “Downtown Runaround” was done in and around Sarasota, Florida – Betts’childhood hometown – and includes live footage from Sarasota’s Five O’Clock Club and a concert performance earlier in the year from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Says Betts, “The video was directed by Todd Labrowski. I met him some years ago when he had me write a song for a movie he was doing with Steve Earle called A World Made Straight. We stayed in touch and on my tour this summer, he came to a show and we talked about collaborating. I had a few days off from the tour and wanted to spend some time with my dad, so we decided to shoot some of it in Sarasota, Florida, which is where I grew up. I have always felt loved and supported in Sarasota, so making this video there was a beautiful experience.”
The video was shot during a short August break from his 2018 whirlwind world tour with the Devon Allman Project that has seen Betts, the son of Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts, perform at such heralded venues as NYC’s Beacon Theatre and Colorado’s Red Rocks and a summer trek of Europe with stops in Spain, Germany and the U.K. On the road, Betts has garnered rave reviews, especially when he and Allman team up for an extended tip-of-the-cap to their respective fathers on Dickey’s “Blue Sky.”
The Mac Wire said of the show: “If you were an Allman’s fan, this was manna from heaven; Betts’ work can’t help but be referenced by ABB, yet as evidenced by the five tracks on his current EP, Sketches Of American Music, Duane is his own man. His West Coast work with Dawes speaks volumes on his musical references.”
The video’s release coincides with pre-ordering on his website for a limited vinyl pressing of Sketches. Only 500 of the special blue-splatter edition EPs, numbered, and signed by Betts, will be available for order on www.duanebetts.comship in late November. As well, Betts will return to the road with the Devon Allman Project for a December schedule of tour dates that includes an early-month West Coast swing and a slate of shows in the Southern U.S. around the holidays to close out 2018.