That time I asked Dickey Betts if the Allman Brothers were the originators of “southern rock”


By Steve Newton

I’ve been a big fan of “southern rock” since I first heard the Allman Brothers Band‘s version of “One Way Out” on the Eat a Peach album back in high school. Some of my other fave bands in the seventies were Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, and Blackfoot.

So when I did the second of my four interviews (so far) with Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts, back in 1991, I asked him if his group were the originators of the genre.

48 seconds into his response Dickey’s phone goes wonky for a bit (“I got one of these touch phones, and my cheekbone hit it”), but I really found his thoughts on the label “southern rock”–and how it came about–to be quite interesting.

Have a listen:



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