Tesla's Frank Hannon Announces Dickey Betts Encouraged Album

12-18-2017
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Frank Hannon

(Gibson) No sooner had Gibson.com tipped its hat to Dickey Betts (and then Dickey Betts announces he's come out of retirement), and we hear that Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon is releasing a covers album after Betts' encouragement. Betts is Hannon's father-in-law, and Hannon's album, Blue Sky: From One Place… to Another Vol. 1, is the first of three covers albums Hannon will release in 2018. Vol. 1 is out on January 26 2018.

"The songs that I contributed to Tesla - 'What You Give', 'Gettin' Better' and 'Love Song' - have always had an acoustic, country or bluesy vibe to them," says Hannon. "I love to sing and my father-in-law Dickey Betts encouraged me to step up to the microphone with guitar in hand. He sang many hits in the Allman Bros Band and 'Blue Sky' is one of my all time favorites."

From One Place… to Another Vol. 1 features guest appearances by Paul Jackson (Blackberry Smoke), Duane Betts (son of Dickey), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (sons of Ricky Nelson), Roger Fisher (original Heart guitarist) and many others.

"I recorded the majority of the songs while on tour with Tesla in dressing rooms, hotels, buses and even bathrooms using a handheld recorder," continues Hannon. "I also went to friends' houses to capture performances and traded files over the Internet, bringing home the digital files to mix and embellish in my studio." Read more including the track and guest list here.

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