That time I asked Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts what he’d been listening to in his spare time

By Steve Newton

Regular readers of Ear of Newt may have noticed that I, the Newt, really like posting excerpts from my four interviews with Dickey Betts.

It’s not just because he’s a guitar legend. Or because he was in the freakin’ Allman Brothers. Though that’s part of it.

But I also just like listening to his voice. As a northerner–north of the United States, that is–that southern drawl gets me. And it doesn’t hurt that Betts seems to put a lot of thought into his comments. As he is onstage through a Les Paul, he’s a great communicator over the phone.

So here’s another audio excerpt from the interview I did with Dickey back in 1991, when the band was touring behind its Shades of Two Worlds album. At one point in the conversation I asked him who he’d been listening to in his spare time lately, and it turns out he’d been gettin’ all jazzy with it.

Have a listen:

 

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