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This has been a very tough year so far for Dickey Betts. At Christmastime, his brother Joel was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. A few weeks ago, Joel passed away. Dickey and Joel were very close, in fact sharing the same birthday. Dickey advised me that he has decided[…]

From The Macon Telegraph: MACON, Ga. — It’s been 45 years since a Macon nightclub sold $1 tickets for music fans to hear a new band under local management known as the Allman Brothers Band. Decades later, fans have commemorated the legendary Southern rockers’ arrival in Macon with a plaque[…]

Ramblin Man

The Allman Brothers Band was grieving in the fall of 1972. Their prior two albums—”At Fillmore East” and “Eat a Peach”—had pioneered a new sound by blending roadhouse blues and long, improvised rock guitar solos. But the motorcycle death a year earlier of Duane Allman—the band’s co-founder and co-lead guitarist—was[…]

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It’s Saturday night and Sarasota resident Dickey Betts stands at the center of the stage looking lean and healthy. He’s wearing what appears to be the same cowboy hat, orange T-shirt, blue jeans and boots combo he donned during the superb show he played recently at Robarts Arena in Sarasota.[…]

Dickey-Betts at Sarasota

Dickey Betts’ performance Saturday at Robarts Arena in Sarasota ranged from brilliant to emotive to ebullient, often in the same song. The guitar great, who has lived in the Sarasota area most of his life, elated and astounded the audience. He performed a set of cleverly updated, self-composed classics, mostly[…]