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Author: Subject: Why hasn't this current lineup ever played Ramblin Man?

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  posted on 2/1/2014 at 09:41 PM
They've played plenty of other Dickey songs, so is it because they consider Ramblin Man to be his signature song?
 
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  posted on 2/1/2014 at 10:22 PM
I think you're right. I can't see this incarnation of the band sounding at all convincing doing the country bit. Dickey's jazzier pieces are perfect for warren and derek to expand off of.

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  posted on 2/1/2014 at 10:22 PM
To me, Ramblin' Man is as much of a signature song of Dickey's as Blue Sky.

Maybe it's because it's "a good country song". What's funny is Midnight Rider has been introduced in similar terms by Gregg in concerts, but in less disparaging fashion.

 
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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 12:12 AM
Because they don't want to.
 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 12:45 AM
Because the radio has played it to death and everyone is sick of hearing it? Quite frankly, I think the song sucks. Never liked it.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 01:19 AM
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Because the radio has played it to death and everyone is sick of hearing it? Quite frankly, I think the song sucks. Never liked it.


X2.

Their one big chart buster that sounds nothing like them.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 01:56 AM
I for one would like to hear it once before the end comes.
 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 06:26 AM
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Because the radio has played it to death and everyone is sick of hearing it? Quite frankly, I think the song sucks. Never liked it.


X2.

Their one big chart buster that sounds nothing like them.



Isn't that strength in a great band,too not make all their songs sound the same ?. Dicky Betts played some fantistic guitar on that song. I agree this version of the band would not sound right playing it.

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 08:48 AM
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... Quite frankly, I think the song sucks. Never liked it.


Bob Dylan once said that he wished that he'd written "Ramblin' Man", and that he felt that he could have. I think it's an amazing song! Maybe you have to be a southerner to appreciate it (I've lived on various stretches of Highway 41 in my life). Besides putting several extra 0's on the left side of the decimal point in the bands ledger (probably paid for a lot of blow ... a downpayment on a French castle?) the song catapulted them into world prominence. Believe it or not, a whole bunch of people became fans who had never heard Live at Filmore East.

Having said all that, it chaps me when I tell folks I'm an ABB fan and they immediately start singing a twangy excerpt of "Ramblin' Man". Or make a direct comparison to Lynnyrd Skynard.

It's far from my favorite ABB song, but it's a great one!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 09:21 AM
I love Ramblin Man. Even when I still hear it on the radio, I crank it up. That instrumental at the end has amazing energy and is beautifully performed. Midnight Rider is played to death too, but the band still plays it a ton. It would sound a little out of place I guess, but I think Warren could sing it well. If they can do Blue Sky well, I think they could do Ramblin Man well too. I don't know, something tells me they may have agreed not to play it when they parted ways with Dickey for some reason.

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Having said all that, it chaps me when I tell folks I'm an ABB fan and they immediately start singing a twangy excerpt of "Ramblin' Man".


LOL!! This happens to me all the time, and I just shake my head in disappointment.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 10:13 AM
Rambling Man is so commercially recognizable and labeled to the Allman Brothers Band and as others have stated it catapulted them to mega ROCK stardom back in the day, along with Jessica and Blue Sky. It introduced the many NEW fans to their music and opened up doors of what other sounds this band had created.. Once in there is no way back.. So Rambling Man was sort of a threshold for many. I guess you could say an enlightenment.

who knew that it would have the impact that it did.

So maybe when the ABB and Dickey Betts separated this was part of their agreement.. No Rambling Man.. who knows..??????

Dickey closes all his shows with this song and I have heard him say as he introduces it and says here is the song that pays the bills...

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 10:24 AM
I'd take a live Ramblin Man with open arms at this point over tunes like Melissa, Midnight Rider or (and especially) Southbound.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 10:27 AM
For whatever reason I think ramblin man may be the only allman brothers son I dont like.In fact,my brother who is not an allman brothers fan always tells me I hate that song ramblin man when i try to get him to give the band a listen.The song is too much identified with Betts for the current band to perform I believe although if Betts ever did sit in with them again my guess is they would do the song.For this current band to perform ramblin man would be like Betts performing midnight rider with his band....just wouldnt be right
 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 11:21 AM
I also love the song, when it came out it was a breath of fresh air during that summer. No way you couldn't turn it up and start tapping your boots. Was it a major departure in sound from earlier songs, yes, but that is what I love about bands that can do that, mix it up and try something new. Ramblin Man and Jessica were on the airwaves alot back then and I think kept the band alive.

I was already a fan of the band from earlier and loved the Live at Fillmore but new fans were introduced to the band through Brothers and Sisters and that album took the band to new heights and into the stadiums. For many that was the ABB sound at the time.

Go listen to the live version on Wipe the Windows and tell me that isn't a great version.

Will they play it again, I doubt it, still too associated with Dickey and too "country" for some members taste so I've read. But I know Hank Williams Jr. fans who swear he wrote Midnight Rider which I get a laugh out of, guess that song isn't too "country" for the band.

Either way when I hear Ramblin Man on the radio I know I still turn it up and smile and thats what it's all about.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 11:45 AM
Great song. Tells a story like Johnny B Goode does. Saw 'em do it on Midnight Special. Hooked me right off the bat. Noticed there was a new guy in the band too.
Check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIxKyEsMyVM

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 12:28 PM
Great song.....the current lineup is not buit to play this song...a much lighter touch is better on this one!
 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 12:52 PM
Post 1989, the old lineup didn't play "Ramblin' Man" very often. Sometimes, it was switched into the setlist in the "Blue sky" slot. There are not very many shows were both were played.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 01:00 PM
To me 'Ramblin' Man' is more of a country song and doesn't sound like the Allman Brothers Song. It is more like a Dickey Betts solo song that the Allman Brothers played at a certain point. It is one of my least favorite ABB songs and I am perfectly fine with leaving that one for Dickey and Great Southern.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 01:13 PM
There's interesting conversation between Dickey and Duane when Dickey is playing the chords of Rambling Man to Duane in April 1971 on the vacation tape at the ski lodge in TN -- he was just working it up and singing it "I was born a ramblin' country man' on the tape

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 01:35 PM
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There's interesting conversation between Dickey and Duane when Dickey is playing the chords of Rambling Man to Duane in April 1971 on the vacation tape at the ski lodge in TN -- he was just working it up and singing it "I was born a ramblin' country man' on the tape


Thats a cool tape Stephen, I think had Duane lived there still would have been a Ramblin Man recorded, just like I think Blue Sky is in the country vein, imagine Duane and Dickey sharing dual leads on Ramblin Man, that would have been awesome.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 01:36 PM
In the summer of 1973, that song is the one that made me aware that there was a band called "The allman brothers band" and they were really fu#king good. thats the one that reeled me in, and I still like it today.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 01:42 PM
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There's interesting conversation between Dickey and Duane when Dickey is playing the chords of Rambling Man to Duane in April 1971 on the vacation tape at the ski lodge in TN -- he was just working it up and singing it "I was born a ramblin' country man' on the tape


Thats a cool tape Stephen, I think had Duane lived there still would have been a Ramblin Man recorded, just like I think Blue Sky is in the country vein, imagine Duane and Dickey sharing dual leads on Ramblin Man, that would have been awesome.


For sure -- he wrote it w/twin lead guitar in mind -- Les Dudek played well on the studio recording -- where the original band could've taken this one...
agreed about the live Ramblin Man too, that's a hilite of that record -- it & LizReed

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 01:57 PM
I don't think the current line-up cares for it & it's too much of a Dickey signature piece.

The soundboard boot entitled True Gravity 03/21/91 has a tasty version on it.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 02:18 PM
"Post 1989, the old lineup didn't play "Ramblin' Man" very often."

This didn't sound right to me, so I went and looked up the shows I saw in the 90s with the Dickey/Warren lineup. I saw Ramblin' Man at 5 out of 7 shows in Atlanta between 1990 and 1996. I'd call that "often".

Maybe they played it more often in the South, I don't know, but it sure wasn't as rare back then as I would have liked it to be.

 
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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 02:25 PM
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In the summer of 1973, that song is the one that made me aware that there was a band called "The allman brothers band" and they were really fu#king good. thats the one that reeled me in, and I still like it today.


+1. Sadly the average radio listener has heard it about a gazillion times and may have never looked any deeper into the band's other works. It kind of makes you wonder how many people might have been turned off to the band since the song was so overplayed.

It happened to me with Jimmy Buffett and "Margaritaville." In an eight hour work day the station I was listening to would play it six times and it got to the point I'd turn the radio off rather than hear it again.

 

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