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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 02:54 PM
Here you go - while generally an article to complement Dickey Betts, there's plenty of DB and ABB related comments to get a discussion going.....


Dickey Betts has still got the goods
By Katie Wais
Staff Writer

Former Allman Brother Dickey Betts is known for a few great things: Laying the groundwork for Southern rock guitarists, penning the oh-so-tasty licks on classic rock staples like "Jessica" and "Ramblin' Man," pioneering a trademark dual lead guitar sound with Duane Allman and his Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, "Goldie."

Unfortunately the founding member of the Allman Brothers Band isn't always remembered for his musical contributions.

Bouts with booze have long haunted Betts' career. The last time he plugged in with the Allman Brothers during a 2000 tour, he hadn't kicked the habit and it seemed like the once untouchable Southern rocker had lost it, with uneven, sloppy performances leading the remaining original Allman Bros to give Betts the boot (reportedly via fax).

To be fair, at the time Betts was playing alongside guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks (whose uncle, Butch Trucks, was a founding member of the Allman Bros) but it wasn't the first instance alcohol created problems between him and the band. Betts sat out on numerous tour dates throughout the mid-'90s for "personal reasons," forcing guests to fill in for shows.

Luckily, times have changed.

And come Monday, Betts will show that he's still got the goods when he plays Seacrets in Ocean City.

At 63, Betts is revitalized with the backing support of his band, Great Southern (which formed shortly after the Allmans fired Betts), maintaining a relentless touring schedule that rivals the likes of his former bandmates who seem to always be on the road.

The 2005 DVD "Dickey Betts and Great Southern -- Back Where It All Begins Live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" shows a pigtailed Betts at the top of his game, effortlessly trading licks with his son Duane and other members of the Great Southern gang. And the guy can still sing, too.

And a clip circulating on YouTube shows Betts jamming with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith at the Newport Blues Cafe in Rhode Island just last week and is proof enough of the Southern rocker's staying power.

Even though Duane Allman will no doubt go down in music history as the more revered guitarist (in 2003, Rolling Stone named Allman the number two guitarist of all time, while Betts was further down the list at number 58) Betts' contributions to the band can never be discredited. When Allman died in a 1971 motorcycle accident, leadership of the band fell in Betts' lap, and it was under his guidance that the band recorded the classic 1973 release, "Brothers and Sisters." The album includes the band's first and only top ten single "Ramblin' Man" as well as the classic rock instrumental "Jessica" -- both written by Betts -- and other Allman Brother staples "Wasted Words" and "Southbound," which contain heavy Betts influence.

The last time this reporter saw the Allman Brothers in 2002, Betts' absence was strikingly evident. Trucks is a young talent sure to be admired, but the Allman Brothers don't sound like the Allman Brothers without their dueling guitars -- and with both Duane Allman and Betts gone, the band just ain't the same.

And when it comes down to it, Betts should still be remembered for writing the two most recognizable Allman Brothers tunes.

Allmans or not Allmans, Betts is here to stay. What matters is the legacy he's forged and the fact that he is far, far from finished.

Reach Katie Wais at kwais@dmg.gannett.com.


 
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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 03:11 PM
She obviously hasn't done her homework about the ABB. Hey, you ever hear of Warren Haynes or have you even listened to one show since 2002?
 

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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 03:16 PM
Thanks for sharing Jim. Nice positive write-up for Dickey - good to hear this.

And mash - I'm with you on this journalist...did not get the comment about lack of dual guitars in ABB at all...obviously she hasn't heard/seen the band in some time.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 03:19 PM
"At 63, Betts is revitalized with the backing support of his band, Great Southern (which formed shortly after the Allmans fired Betts), maintaining a relentless touring schedule that rivals the likes of his former bandmates who seem to always be on the road."

Those three month long tours can be killers. Wish I had a job like that.

"Trucks is a young talent sure to be admired, but the Allman Brothers don't sound like the Allman Brothers without their dueling guitars -- and with both Duane Allman and Betts gone, the band just ain't the same."

Warren Haynes is a little hard to miss on stage. Did she even see them?

Another example of a journalist not knowing about their subject matter and neglecting to do the proper research on the subject.


 

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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 03:31 PM
She may not know anything about the band, but at least she recognizes Dicky Betts as a living rock and roll legend with a laundry list of incredible musical contributions.

Whether you like him or not, regardless of whether he can still play like he did in his prime, you still have to give him credit for his influence on the ABB and music in general. It makes no sense to love the ABB and despise DB. Itís like self-hating.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 03:33 PM
Was that a fax you received or an article you found on line?

 

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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 03:39 PM
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"with both Duane Allman and Betts gone, the band just ain't the same."



Did the writer actually use the word ain't?

hahahahha

 

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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 04:02 PM
What publication is that from?

Nice to see some props for Dickey, but yes, the idea that the ABB has EVER lacked either dueling or dualing guitars in this decade is absurd. Hello?

 

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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 09:47 PM
Yeah , Okay.. it was a rough read on certain levels.... but I understand what she was trying to say... even the "ain't" part.....
Just showing Dickey some respect..is all....he has earned it...

 

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  posted on 10/17/2007 at 10:21 PM
Typical TROLL Benjamin posting sh!t & starting trouble.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 06:18 AM
Eff you Photoboy!



I saw the article on the ABB listserv - another of the numerous article links provided by Elliot - I don't remember where it came from.

 
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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 06:26 AM
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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 07:55 AM
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Was that a fax you received or an article you found on line?

Do you EVER pass up the opportunity for a fax joke?


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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 09:35 AM
Not seeing much new here. Strange to hear Dickey is playing Seacrets instead of the Cork & Bottle in Dewey Beach.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 09:46 AM
I'll take Brother Dickey any day, anywhere, playin' Happy Birthday if that's what he wants. He is the inspiration and the magic in the music.
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