Billy Strings Joins The Allman Betts Band For ‘Midnight Rider’ At Hoxeyville

Watch video of the Hoxeyville headliners teaming up for The Allman Brothers Band classic.

By Scott Bernstein Aug 16, 2021 8:20 am PDT

This year’s Hoxeyville Music Festival headliners shared the stage on Saturday when The Allman Betts Band welcomed guitarist Billy Strings to sit-in. Strings played electric guitar with The Allman Betts Band on a cover of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider” at the festival in Wellston, Michigan.

Billy emerged for “Midnight Rider” after The Allman Betts Band kicked off their set with originals “Savannah’s Dream” and “Magnolia Road” as well as a take on the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street.” Devon Allman sang lead vocals on “Midnight Rider,” which his father, the late Gregg Allman wrote with Robert Kim Payne. Strings both soloed and dueled with Duane Betts on the extended version of the song.


The Allman Betts Band focused on originals following Strings’ guest appearance with “Southern Rain,” “Shinin'” and “Pale Horse Rider” among songs played at Hoxeyville. A cover of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Blue Sky” was also thrown in for good measure.

Watch fan-shot video featuring Saturday’s “Midnight Rider” captured by William McArthur:

William McArthur
The Allman Betts Band (See 17 videos) and Billy Strings (See 719 videos)

Next up for The Allman Betts Band is an appearance as part of the Spirit Of The South tour on Thursday after Wednesday’s show has been canceled. Check out an update regarding changes to the tour’s routing:


The Allman Betts Band
  • Savannah's Dream
  • Magnolia Road
  • Shakedown Street
  • Midnight Rider
  • Southern Rain
  • Down to the River
  • Rivers Run
  • Blue Sky
  • Shinin'
  • Pale Horse Rider
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