Dickey Betts Band – The Great Southern Riff (1988)

FrontCover1Forrest Richard Betts (born December 12, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band.

Early in his career, he collaborated with Duane Allman, introducing melodic twin guitar harmony and counterpoint which “rewrote the rules for how two rock guitarists can work together, completely scrapping the traditional rhythm/lead roles to stand toe to toe”. Following Allman’s death in 1971, Betts assumed sole lead guitar duties during the peak of the group’s commercial success in the mid-1970s.

Betts was the writer and singer on the Allmans’ hit single “Ramblin’ Man”. He also gained renown for composing instrumentals, with one appearing on most of the group’s albums, the most notable of these being “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Jessica” (the latter widely known as the theme to Top Gear).

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He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995[3] and also won a best rock performance Grammy Award with the band for “Jessica” in 1996.[4] Betts was ranked No. 58 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list in 2003, and No. 61 on the list published in 2011.

Betts departed the Allman Brothers Band in 2000 under acrimonious circumstances and continued with a solo career that had begun in the 1970s. (wikipedia)

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And here´s a real brilliant live recording, with a couple of songs from his great 1988 album “Pattern Disruptive”, a couple of classic songs by The Allman Brothers Band … and … some fine guest musicians like Rick Derringer, Mick Taylor and Jack Bruce …

… so this gig ended with a jam session …

All I can say: Enjoy this great bootleg !

Recorded live at the Lonestar Roadhouse, New York, November 01, 1988
(excellent broadcast recording)


Matt Abts (drums)
Dickey Betts (guitar, vocals)
Warren Haynes (guitar, vocals on 01.)
Johnny Neel (keyboards, harmonica)
Marty Privette (bass)
Jack Bruce (bass, vocals on 07.)
Rick Derringer (guitar, vocals on 04. + 06.)
Mick Taylor (guitar on 07.)

Alternative frontcover:

01. Time To Roll (Betts/Haynes/Neel) 6.28
02. Duane’s Tune (Betts) / The Blues Ain’t Nothin’  (Neel/Morrison) 11.03
03. Jessica (Betts) 15.05
04. Statesboro Blues (McTell) 6.49
05. One Way Out (Sehorn/James) 9.38
06. Rock’ n’ Roll Hoochie Coo (Derringer) 5.10
07. Spoonful (Dixon) 10.05
08. Southbound (Betts) 10.18



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And I’ve just discovered, that I have the complete show (2 CD´s !) in my archive … I will upload this item as an addition soon.

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