That time I asked Dickey Betts what song Duane Allman and the Skynyrd boys might be playing in heaven


By Steve Newton

If you think I got into journalism at the age of 23–first at my hometown’s Chilliwack Progress and then, for the last 34 years, at Vancouver’s Georgia Straight–mainly so I could interview guitar heroes like Dickey Betts, you’re damn rights.

I’ve loved Dickey ever since I heard him and Duane on Eat a Peach at the age of 16 or so.

I’ve managed to interview Betts four times so far–in 1989 when he was leading the Dickey Betts Band, in 1991 and ’92 when he was back with the Allman Brothers, and in 2001 when “a dirty little business deal” got him kicked out.

Near the end of the second interview I was feeling kinda sentimental, so asked him what song he thought Duane Allman and the boys from Skynyrd might be jamming to up in heaven.

He audibly shrugged “I don’t know” three times before finally coming up with an answer.

But it wasn’t “Whipping Post”, people.

Have a listen:



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