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Sun Mar 24, 2019, 03:17 PM

Dickey Betts on Allman Brothers' 50th anniversary and new Allman Betts Band

It’s a beautiful March afternoon and Dickey Betts — longtime lead guitarist, songwriter and singer in the Allman Brothers Band — enjoys a cup of coffee at home on Little Sarasota Bay while discussing the legendary group he co-founded 50 years ago.

Stories from the past are generously shared but the one topic he really sounds excited about involves a new band that will soon hit the road with the those iconic ABB initials.

To coincide with the milestone anniversary, the Allman Betts Band featuring second-generation standouts Devon Allman, Dickey’s son Duane Betts and Berry Duane Oakley will launch a worldwide tour Wednesday. Their debut LP “Down to the River” will be released in the summer.

“It’s good to see those guys together,” Betts says. “I suggested they get together years ago but they wanted to do individual things and I think they sound wonderful together. Berry Oakley Jr. is fantastic with them. It’s important to have strong partners and I think they’re going to do very well.”


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