DICKEY BETTS & GREAT SOUTHERN
Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has one of the most distinctive voices in music today. Known as one of the most influential guitar players of all time, Betts has mastered a seamless style of lyrical melody and rhythm—marrying country, jazz, blues and rock into one unparalleled sound.
Playing since he can remember, Betts joined several bands in the sixties and eventually united with bassist Berry Oakley. One fated night in 1969, Betts and Oakley's band jammed with another local group featuring Duane and Gregg Allman, marking the birth of the Allman Brothers Band. Sadly, Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were killed in accidents a year apart in 1971 and 1972, yet the ABB worked through their sorrow with Betts writing and singing the group's biggest hit, "Ramblin' Man."
Remaining members of the band ventured onto solo careers in 1973, with Betts releasing his first solo album. When ABB split up in 1976, Betts formed Dickey Betts and Great Southern. Then, in 1989, on their 20th anniversary, the Allman Brothers Band reformed again with Betts on guitar. The chemistry that resulted from the unique two-guitar approach of Warren Haynes and Betts once again made the Allman Brothers Band one of the most compelling bands in the country. The ABB enjoyed continued success throughout the nineties, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, winning its first Grammy®, and amazing audiences with powerful live performances.
After years of playing with the ABB and other side projects, Betts returned to his own band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, which always looks forward to dynamic touring seasons and hooking up with extended family of fans while on the road.