That time Dickey Betts told me the secret of the Allman Brothers’ longevity


By Steve Newton

It’s been a sad week for fans of the Allman Brothers Band, following the news of original drummer Butch Trucks’ death at the age of 69.

I never got the opportunity to interview Trucks–although I have chatted with his nephew, Derek, and fellow ABB founding members Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts.

During the second of my four interviews with Betts, back in 1991, the topic of the Allman Brothers Band’s longevity came up, and he had some interesting things to say about the group’s musical roots and the state of rock ‘n’ roll in general.

Have a listen:



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