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

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

  1. So Southern Rock started when some good ole boys said, Hey Mr. Record Company Executive, we’re stayin’ here in our home, and we’re dressin’ the way we like, an’ we’re playin’ the music we like, an’ you can take your record contract and shove it!” Let’s be thankful for backbone and grit!

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