Dickey Betts & Great Southern – Live at the Calderone Concert Hall in Hempstead, NY on August 11, 1978

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In keeping with the Allman Brothers Band (or its side projects luckily caught on tape) theme from last night, here is my favorite start-to-finish solo Dickey Betts set of the several in my collection. Recorded just after the release of ‘Atlanta’s Burning Down,’ this set was broadcast by nearby 92.7 WLIR-FM and fortunately captured at home by someone with high end equipment. This sounds a s fat ad funky as you’d wan a vintage broadcast to be!

The Allman Brothers Band took 1976 through 1979 off to break from the escalating tensions that had developed in the last few years and to pursue solo projects. Lead guitarist Dickey Betts arguably fared the best with his new group Great Southern. The secret weapon to this fine ensemble was perhaps second lead guitarist ‘Dangerous’ Dan Toler who pushed Betts to the limit night after night.

Highlights are many but, ‘Liz Reed’, the ‘Jessica > Southbound > Jessica’ sandwich and a majestic, strikingly beautiful ‘High Falls’ are all must hears. This show is good for a long srech in the office, the yard or in the car.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!


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