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Allman Brothers Band Co-Founder Dickey Betts Ends Retirement For Tour Run

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Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts is coming out of retirement for a string of East Coast shows. Betts who was forced out of the band in 2000, is best remembered for his timeless contributions including “Blue Sky,” “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” “Ramblin’ Man,” and the instrumental “Jessica.” Best Classic Bands reported Betts will be backed on the jaunt by his son, guitarist Duane Betts, drummer and vocalist Frankie Lombardi, keyboardist and vocalist Mike Kach, bassist Pedro Arevalo, guitarist Damon Fowler, and drummer Steve Camilleri.

Dickey Betts explained that the way he works, sometimes songs that have no lyrics can end up being just as time consuming for him: “I can tell you this; writin’ an instrumental, it’s even hard to explain the process. I mean, you might think I’m makin’ a joke — but my instrumentals are very carefully named. I mean, I really put hours into titling my instrumentals, because that’s the only hint of what you are trying to get across (laughs) is the title.”

July 19 – Scranton, PA – Peace Music Festival
July 20 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
July 21 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theatre

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