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: