That time Dickey Betts told me about the music business and the Allman Brothers’ “official” albums

photo by kirk west

By Steve Newton

Fans of Dickey Betts are getting psyched that he’s going to tour again in 2018.

Please god: let him add a concert date in Vancouver.

If he doesn’t make it up here, though, I’ll still have fond memories of seeing the guitar legend with the Allman Brothers back in the early ’90s, when he was trading killer licks with another of my fave pickers, Warren Haynes.

When I did my third interview with Dickey, back in July of 1992, the band was touring behind its new live recording, An Evening With the Allman Brothers: First Set. At one point in the conversation I mentioned to him that the disc was being billed as “the band’s first official live album since 1971”, which led to some interesting revelations of how the “music business” worked back then.

Have a listen:



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