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Dickey Betts announced today, on his birthday, December 12, that he will return to the road for a select group of dates in 2018.

As reported in an exclusive interview in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Dickey said “Everywhere I go fans keep saying they want me to get out and play again … I think the time is right.”

The 2018 concert dates will feature Betts peppering his setlists with songs written by Gregg Allman, whose credits include “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Whipping Post.” The 23-minute live version of “Whipping Post” from the Allman Brothers Band’s masterful, breakthrough album “At Fillmore East” famously features the dual lead guitar playing of Betts and Duane Allman.
“I think the fans deserve to hear a few of Gregg’s song as well, so I’m pulling out some classics,” Betts said.

“We really gave this a lot of thought as to how and what the show will be,” Spero said. “Even I can’t wait to see it.” 

The Dickey Betts Band hitting the road in 2018 will consist of Dickey and son Duane sharing lead guitar duties.

“Dickey is talking to some of the guys he has played with,” Spero said. “We should know in a couple of weeks who will comprise the band.”



  1. Happyhere

    Happyhere - December 12, 2017 2:45 pm

    Hot dann!!! Florida,new orleans,Tuscaloosa,Cherokee,chapel hill,Roanoke,Red banks,NYC,thanks for giving!!!

    • Happyhere

      Happyhere - December 14, 2017 2:45 pm


    • DMC

      DMC - January 20, 2018 12:57 pm

      Hey Dickie Man,
      So glad to here your hittin’ the road again…schedule as you’ll enjoy, buy hoping you find your way to New England (Mass) …Sweet Bougainvillea


  2. Ronbo16

    Ronbo16 - December 12, 2017 8:32 pm

    Dickey –

    Fantastic!…Kick it off as you see fit…and do it your way…the best/Betts way…fans like me will follow this tour as you see it regardless (but…if you could see it in your heart – how about starting it here in your/own hometown of Sarasota, FL?)..just a thought, but to have you back is great.

    So happy to have you back in our lives.

    You are the Betts! – and can’t wait to see you and your son Duane dueling together in unison, along with Allmann sounds, and of course Great Southern.

    Bourganveilla to all.

    Welcome back and thank you.


    Ron Greene

    • AVGGreg

      AVGGreg - December 24, 2017 11:56 am

      Please make Atlanta a stop !! Would love to hear Nancy !! And there ain’t nothing you can do !!

  3. cb5150

    cb5150 - December 13, 2017 1:04 pm

    what can i say? looking forward !!! can’t wait to see you in NYC dickey!!

  4. MaureenValley

    MaureenValley - December 14, 2017 4:32 pm

    Be still my heart. PLEASE find your way to Minneapolis….we have dozens of venues perfect for you….and a loyal, enthusiastic fan base. I’ll be watching… this is the best news in a long time.
    Maureen Valley
    Northfield, Minnesota

  5. - December 14, 2017 11:17 pm

    This is wonderful news…just what me and my friends in NC have been hoping for!!!!
    Thank you Dickie!!!! I hope you include eastern NC in your tour!!!
    Thanks again & Merry Christmas!!!!!

  6. JoshNicolay

    JoshNicolay - December 15, 2017 4:34 pm

    Thank you dickie !!! Finally I get to share you’re music with my two boys !!! A dream come true

  7. ajwhitener

    ajwhitener - December 16, 2017 9:49 pm

    Sitting here feeling sad again about losing Gregg, listening to Melissa live. Gregg and I share Dec. 8 for our birthdays, then I see yours is Dec. 12, Happy Birthday, Mr. Betts. You are the best guitarist ever, no one can make that guitar touch my heart like you can. I saw tonight you’re going to tour in 2018, I’m so excited! I have to see you play! I’m in Eustis, Lake County, Florida, I hope to see you around Central Florida..❤️

  8. nohophoto1

    nohophoto1 - December 22, 2017 2:40 pm

    Couldn’t have a better Christmas present.
    The world needs a live taste of that sweet guitar sound.
    2018 will certainly be a happy new year wherever you play.

  9. buzzhill

    buzzhill - December 23, 2017 12:30 pm

    Thanks Dickey, what a Christmas Gift you just gave your Fans. Cant wait to see you play again.
    Hopefully Tennessee will be on the Tour

  10. Midnightrider

    Midnightrider - December 24, 2017 7:16 am

    Pittsburgh is a great classic rock market and has always strongly supported the Betts / Brothers shows. Hope to hear Liz Reed, Blue Sky and lots of others here in 2018. This is awesome news!!!

  11. dogwood

    dogwood - December 31, 2017 6:05 pm

    Please come to Northwest Arkansas. The AMP. Trucks played there last summer—-great venue!! Been a Betts fan for 45 years

    • govtsmoke59

      govtsmoke59 - January 16, 2018 5:28 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more! If the AMP doesn’t happen, you know he’ll play in Memphis. No matter what, this tour is great news! BTW, it’s good to know there’s another long time fan in NWA!

  12. DickieKicksDatAzz348

    DickieKicksDatAzz348 - January 4, 2018 6:02 pm

    Couldn’t be happier to hear this news!! Been a fan for life and so is my son. 2017 was a rough year or our family. We’ll drive, fly, walk wherever the hell Dickie and band show up and catch the best music ever made.

  13. govtsmoke59

    govtsmoke59 - January 16, 2018 5:33 pm

    So glad to hear you’re hittin’ the road again! Can’t wait to witness that good old Betts magic live again! See ya somewhere on the proud highway.

  14. Billings

    Billings - January 28, 2018 8:06 am

    So very glad to hear The Master will be back on the road – 2018 starting out nicely!
    Would be wonderful to see a show up here around chicago/Milwaukee somewhere (lots of fans up this way) but wherever Dickey decides to play we will show up.
    Thank you for all the past – and future – memories Mr Betts.

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