That time I asked Dickey Betts why the Allmans weren’t playing “Ramblin’ Man” live in ’92

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By Steve Newton

As I’ve said before on my other posts about Dickey Betts, I just like hearing the dude’s voice.

If you do too, here’s another audio excerpt from my interview with the guitar legend from July of 1992, which–for those who struggle with the math–was over a quarter-century ago.

At one point in the conversation I asked Dickey why the band wasn’t playing his hit, “Ramblin’ Man”, in concert. They didn’t include it on the then-new live album, An Evening With the Allman Brothers: First Set, although that other wicked tune of his from Brothers and Sisters, “Southbound”, was on there.

And I for one wouldn’t have minded hearing him and Warren Haynes go to town on the solo.

But Dickey had his reasons for not including it, and who was I to argue?

Have a listen:


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