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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 06:25 PM
Wheew! Just caught an afternoon power nap and now I can report on last night's DB & GS show in Ridgefield CT last night. In a word: awesome.

They kicked off with a "Les Brers" and never let up. Dickey was a very magnetic presence, bristling with joy and swagger, leading the band with a variety of cues and signals. Everyone onstage was pumped. It seems like the band has worked hard to get a number of 3-part guitar harmony runs down, and Andy and Duane seemed to even be able to spontaneously jump on a Dickey lead and harmonize it. Most cool.
Duane sang a song nicely, a straight-ahead rocker, and Pedro sang "Hoochie Coochie Man." Pedo has some Berry Oakley mojo in him - he really plays a dominant, driving bass that pushes the band. I think that the drummer may be a new addition since I saw this band 2 years back, but he was excellent. Andy Aledort was a bit low in the mix, but what I heard him play was on. Duane Betts had some nice sculpted guitar solos - if I had to guess, I would say that he plays more composed solos than improvs, but he offers up very tasty and well phrased licks, a la Elliot Easton. I think he pretty much plugs straight in to the amp, as he had a really nice clear loud sound.
And Dickey! His playing was dead on, spot on, fan-freaking-tastic. I mentioned above that I had seen this band at the same venue two years back, and that was a good night; last night was GREAT. Dickey was pulling out all sort of displays of acumen, from his signature syncopated toe-tapping leads that made you dance to jazzy excursions into the cosmos to of course his thematic solos that build with a storytelling quality.
His singing was powerful too, and Mike and Frankie harmonized VERY sweetly with him.

All of the above sounds like an over-the-top rave from a fanboy. The show really was that good.

 
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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 06:37 PM
[quote Dickey was pulling out all sort of displays of acumen, from his signature syncopated toe-tapping leads that made you dance to jazzy excursions into the cosmos to of course his thematic solos that build with a storytelling quality.


What would you have written without the benefit of a power nap?

 

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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 07:17 PM
"Dickey rawx!"
 

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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 07:19 PM
"Dickey was pulling out all sort of displays of acumen, from his signature syncopated toe-tapping leads that made you dance to jazzy excursions into the cosmos to of course his thematic solos that build with a storytelling quality".

Just rolls off the tongue. I like it. . . It does rawk.

 

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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 07:33 PM
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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 07:49 PM
Thanks for the review!

If tix weren't $75 I woulda been there....

But I'll be in Enfield, CT July 10th for the free outdoor show.

 

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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 07:50 PM
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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 09:17 PM
$ 75 a mere pittance .. if you dig Dickey Betts and Great Southern

Thanks Jim for the review....

[Edited on 5/19/2009 by rainy]

 

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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 09:26 PM
good news..glad to hear it..

 

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  posted on 5/18/2009 at 09:48 PM
While I too was not thrilled initially by the cost, it was more than worth it. We were about 12th row, center, in a nice small venue. No big bathroom or beer lines, freedom to dance in the aisles, 30 minutes from home.

I'm not going to be able to see any of my faves - the ABB, Neil Young, the Stones, the Zepp guys, the Dead, etc - for any less than 75 bucks, and certainly not for such good seats. I'd pay it again in a heartbeat.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 12:15 AM
excellent stuff jim, good for you and thanks for posting
the good's for us. peace

[Edited on 5/19/2009 by TheBabe714]

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 01:36 AM
thanks for the review....
 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 01:41 AM
Thanks for the review ... and by the way ... I'd pay 75 to see dickey if he would come to the UK ...

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 07:19 AM
I'm thrilled to hear that Dickey was in such great form and I'd certainly pay $75 to see him 12th row center. I just hope that this doesn't follow the usual pattern of the last 5 or 6 years: A great review like this one is posted, then maybe six months later someone else sees him and says he was so drunk that it sounded like they were playing three songs until after the break when he sobered up a bit. God help ya Dickey, we love ya, I just hope you're takin' it easy on the sauce.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 07:38 AM
Jim, thanks for a great review, can't wit to see him.

BigV, why 3 posts on a thread about an artist you mock. I'll hand it to you, you waited 2 posts to rag on Dickey. Count on it, a DB thread, and BigV spouting off, can't you just leave Mr Betts alone? Go spend your $75 on something you like then.....

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 07:39 AM
I had no problem at all with the $ 75.00 ticket. I enjoyed the show way better than the show I paid $ 20.00 for at Mulchahy's on LI a few months ago. That show might have been over sold and it was standing room with people moving through the crowd all night so it was hard to focus on the music at times. Ridgefield is a pleasant experience start to finish. Well worth the money.

I agree that the stream lined drum set up has improved the band. I think the band since the Dangerous Dan era was suffering from too many chefs in the Kitchen. 3 guitars and 2 really loud drum kits got annoying. Frankie is great on percussion and I don't know what the deal is with James but I never liked his style until now. Holy crap, was he good on Saturday night.

Saturday night's show was way better than the Dead show I dropped a C-note for at Nassau also.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 07:44 AM
Yay Dickey! Thanks for the review, Jim.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 07:56 AM
Spoke to my friend yesterday who saw him last Monday on 64th street in NYC and he told me that "Dickey mustave been practicing because he was great".
Nice to hear that he is stepping it up a notch. He also drooled over his goldtop.

 

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I'm thrilled to hear that Dickey was in such great form and I'd certainly pay $75 to see him 12th row center. I just hope that this doesn't follow the usual pattern of the last 5 or 6 years: A great review like this one is posted, then maybe six months later someone else sees him and says he was so drunk that it sounded like they were playing three songs until after the break when he sobered up a bit. God help ya Dickey, we love ya, I just hope you're takin' it easy on the sauce.



I hear what you are saying.... but it usually is the same people who go see him.. and then want him to be something else.. other than what he is... same old talk.... they really should go see some one like the Doobie Brothers are something ... not pay to see DB... they will never be happy with him.. so stay home.. , I guess

 

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Dickey was pulling out all sort of displays of acumen, from his signature syncopated toe-tapping leads that made you dance to jazzy excursions into the cosmos to of course his thematic solos that build with a storytelling quality.



Nice! You're one of those guys that writes the descriptions on the backs of wine bottles, aren't you?



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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 10:05 AM
Great review!!! Thanks for sharing this!

 

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Jim, thanks for a great review, can't wit to see him.

BigV, why 3 posts on a thread about an artist you mock. I'll hand it to you, you waited 2 posts to rag on Dickey. Count on it, a DB thread, and BigV spouting off, can't you just leave Mr Betts alone? Go spend your $75 on something you like then.....


Here's the deal for me Bird. This is a forum...some of things posted here may be to your liking, some may not. Some of those posts you don't care for may even be by people other than myself. I personally comment on a lot of things, some I like, some I do not. My first two posts on this thread were compliments aimed at Jim's writing skills...Then I read Bob's comment about tickets being $75 and how that price kept him from attending. I happen to think $75 is a lot of money, for any show, much less a Dickey concert. Don't like my posts or thoughts on Dickey?... pass them by. This little clique of Dickey worshipers is so damned thin skinned...I too grew up listening to Dickey, attended a lot of his solo shows in the Late 70s and through the 80s. I have vined his music and even posted photos of the man I took with my own camera. I am a fan, but I will continue to comment on the threads about Dickey... whenever I don't agree with everything written here... Just like I do with some other topics that appear.

I am a big Derek Trucks fan... I'll pay a lot of money to hear Derek play and I'll drive long distances for the same privilege...but I am only a fan, he is not my relative, nor is he my friend. I respect and enjoy the music he makes. My point?... If something were to happen to anyone here concerning a negative thought or experience with Derek or his band and for any reason they decided that Mr. Trucks needed to be criticized, I say go ahead, have at it.... I would not "Leap to his defense" with my fists clenched, grinding my teeth the way some of you here feel obligated to do for Dickey. I pay for CDs, tickets and shirts just like the rest of you... but I am only a fan... Hear that Rainy?... I am only a fan. Starting fights and stooping to name calling because someone has written something you don't like, mean spirited or not reminds me of the Oakland Raider fan that will pick a fight in the crowd...just because someone is wearing a Jersey from the other team...You just deal with it, or you stop going. Your opinion is well, nothing more than your opinion...just like mine. Once again, this is a forum, post a thought, expect a response... but keep in mind... not everyone here is going to agree with you.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 11:20 AM
Vince, just wait. Tennkev is gonna be gunnin for you....

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 11:24 AM
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For all of the reasons I stated above. Not one of them personal.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2009 at 11:28 AM
Stephen too bruh

it's all good -- I agree w/what was said before about Vince -- a professional arguer here on the boards -- I like Vince, one can think of one as a little bit of a troll & still think he's not a bad guy -- as you often say yourself bruh -- "to each their own" -- your references to Dickey's drinking are merely funny at this point

the tweaked lineup sounds quite cool -- sounds like both James & Frankie will each be more audible in what they're playing now -- TOTALLY keen to hear what Dickey has in mind for the band now!!!!

 

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