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  posted on 1/9/2020 at 05:46 PM
How about a lil' Thursday night country jam...

much too late to go home early tonight -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YESH2zhbwc

Waitin on a train -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22SunTYc-sE

Nancy -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhntU2h03Xk

Georgia on a fast train -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imFd1XAMLWI


[Edited on 1/9/2020 by redhouse1969]

 

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  posted on 1/9/2020 at 06:21 PM
Yes good stuff. Showing Dickey's country side which developed first. I remember in the mid 80's Dickey was on TV with Hank Jr. and Waylon....was on a Hank Jr. album and sang background vocals on one track. I think Dickey had a fiddle player in his band then. And the track Nancy was among tracks for a Dickey solo album recorded in Nashville but never released. There is a video of Gregg being interviewed and he mentions this real good country album Dickey is putting out.

But by 1986 Dickey's band was mostly rock and lots of Allman Brothers and Highway Call and Great Southern songs.

Dickey aslo wrote a song one of the country artists recorded but my memory fails me as to what the name of the song is.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2020 at 11:00 PM
Nice, thx - The Preacher, which opens that 4/28/85 show at My Father’s Place, they flat-out nail too -
My but who wouldn’t want to see some of that Highway Call stuff brought to the stage - it never was after the 1974 Great American Tour, except for Long Time Gone by the ABB a few times up until 11/25/75 Providence/Jimmy Carter benefit - Chuck sang a verse of it - man I would love to hear Chuck break-impromptu into his Hand Picked solo someday

 

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 08:08 AM
I mentioned this recently in another thread, but that's what I enjoyed so much about Dickey as a guitarist and song writer. Country, rock, blues, jazz,swing, etc.... all VERY well. I always wanted him to get with the right producer and studio musicians to make a solo release reflecting all of his sides of playing. It would be good. Or maybe just a solo Dickey all acoustic album would be sweet!!!

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 09:22 AM
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I mentioned this recently in another thread, but that's what I enjoyed so much about Dickey as a guitarist and song writer. Country, rock, blues, jazz,swing, etc.... all VERY well. I always wanted him to get with the right producer and studio musicians to make a solo release reflecting all of his sides of playing. It would be good. Or maybe just a solo Dickey all acoustic album would be sweet!!!

Les Paul with Dicky Betts

https://youtu.be/wbfOhOeD2HA


Love that clip!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 09:24 AM
There used to be a youtube clip of Dickey performing too late to go home early from a 80's nashville tv show.. TNN or Nashville now ... I think it got deleted though...

 

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 10:16 AM
I saw that video of Dickey doing Too Late To. There was a period between the end of Betts, Hall, Leavell, Trucks and The Dickey Betts Band that played a series of dates Dickey played with the Gregg Allman Band that Dickey was trying to get it going as a country artist similar to Waylon Jennings or David Allen Cole or Hank, Jr.

Apparently Dickey wasn't making the headway he wanted as by 1986 he had transitioned back to a Great Southern kind of sound.

Also the album Dickey recorded that even Gregg Allman said was a fantastic county style album that Gregg himself was going to get a copy...it was never released.

A track titled Nancy from the session was eventually released on the 1989 Allman Brothers box set Dreams.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 10:18 AM
Oh I think Waiting For A Train is Dickey's track on a 1997 various artists tribute album to Jimmy Rogers. I failed to get a copy back then so cant remember who the other artists were.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 11:05 AM
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Oh I think Waiting For A Train is Dickey's track on a 1997 various artists tribute album to Jimmy Rogers. I failed to get a copy back then so cant remember who the other artists were.


Here is a link to the YouTube page where you can listen to the whole disc.
https://youtu.be/pxpT1pbQh-I?list=OLAK5uy_n2iU-kyDLXPV8OoPARqIdHxI4oGOv5XWY


Some of the standouts for me are Dickey Betts,Alison Krauss, Steve Earle. Mellencamp, Willie Nelson,Dwight Yokam,David Ball

 

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 01:36 PM
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Yes good stuff. Showing Dickey's country side which developed first. I remember in the mid 80's Dickey was on TV with Hank Jr. and Waylon....was on a Hank Jr. album and sang background vocals on one track. I think Dickey had a fiddle player in his band then. And the track Nancy was among tracks for a Dickey solo album recorded in Nashville but never released. There is a video of Gregg being interviewed and he mentions this real good country album Dickey is putting out.

But by 1986 Dickey's band was mostly rock and lots of Allman Brothers and Highway Call and Great Southern songs.

Dickey aslo wrote a song one of the country artists recorded but my memory fails me as to what the name of the song is.


This is the Hank Williams Jr album you referenced. It's his best IMO. Dickey was going to play on it but had to bail to deal with personal issues. Toy Caldwell plays all over it and 2 of his songs are on it from Tucker. Pete Carr, Charlie Daniels and Chuck Leavell are also on it.

AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek [-]
"And Friends" is right. Hank Williams, Jr.'s first step off the Hank Sr. bandwagon -- against all counsel from his mother and managers -- is a doozy of a record. Teaming with Toy Caldwell, Charlie Daniels, Pete Carr, and producer Dick Glasser, among others, Bocephus turned in one of the most inspiring performances of his career. First there is his read of Marshall Tucker's classic "Can't You See" that is wrought with so much emotion it literally spills from the band toward his tortured vocal. Next there are two of Hank Jr.'s own classics, "Stoned at the Jukebox," which has been covered by any country star worth his or her salt, and his personal anthem, "Living Proof." He dared fate on this one, coming off an attempted suicide and preceding a fall 600 feet down a mountain. But he was indeed "Living Proof" that he could survive his father's legend and do something noteworthy of his own. On top of all this are amazing renditions of "Brothers of the Road" and his own "Montana Song." Though it's brief, it smokes; Hank Williams, Jr. & Friends stands as a personal watermark for Bocephus; it is one of the best country-rock albums ever made and stands with the best of the outlaw recordings of the era.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 01:41 PM
Gary Stewart recorded a song Dickey wrote for him. I'm headed out and don't have time to look it up. They were close friends.
 

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  posted on 1/10/2020 at 09:34 PM
Thanks everyone. And jszfunk...that Jimmy Rogers tribute album has a lot of great artists on it.

I just remembered Dickey sang backup on Hank Jr's Country State of Mind from the album Montana Cafe. I haven't played it in years. Think I got it when it came out and it was 1986.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2020 at 12:43 AM
Also, Mark May, the guitarist who was in the Let’s All Get Together band, gives it up for Dickey w/his “Place Your Betts” - giddy little instrumental, it’s great, the slamming twin lead playing we all love

 

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  posted on 1/11/2020 at 01:06 AM
Quick sidetrack, just wondering if anyone who posts here is in the Largo Fla area - A Brother’s Revival, w/Rook Goldflies & longtime DB&GS keyboard/vocalist Mike Kach, had a gig there last night - would love to hear any feedback - they have another gig tonight (Sat) in PA

 

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  posted on 1/11/2020 at 07:49 PM
Yes Stephen I read about David Goldflies and Johnny Neal. Isn't Johnny Neal in the tribute band too?

Also another band has an instrumental titled Dickey Betts. Someone linked it a couple of years ago. Can't think of the band's name.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2020 at 09:25 PM
Saw just now, Johnny unfortunately suffered a stroke last July - apparently was expected to make a full recovery - really hope that’s the case today, healing ups to Johnny

 

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  posted on 1/12/2020 at 12:12 AM
Yes healing vibes for Johnny Neal.

The Rolling Stone misquoted Dickey's manager. That was from 2014. Otiel Burbridge was just quoted as saying they contacted Dickey and due to health reasons Dickey is not able to fly from Sarasota, Florida to New York City. Dickey has apparently been somewhat sidelined for over a year. Dickey did go to an Allman Betts Band show recently but he only watched for the side of the stage. He didn't play.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2020 at 04:12 PM
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Also, Mark May, the guitarist who was in the Let’s All Get Together band, gives it up for Dickey w/his “Place Your Betts” - giddy little instrumental, it’s great, the slamming twin lead playing we all love



Thanks for the heads up on that track.....pretty cool!!!
I looked up some info on that CD and it looks like Dickey plays on a few. Tracks 6,9,10
https://www.discogs.com/Mark-May-Doll-Maker/release/6837313

 

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  posted on 1/12/2020 at 10:15 PM
Dickey’s solo on “Waiting for a Train” is incredible. His best non ABB solo IMHO. Singing is off the charts too!
 

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  posted on 1/12/2020 at 10:18 PM
Dickey Betts and Vassar Clements Blue Sky

https://youtu.be/9ifl3LJq37A

Dickey Betts and Vassar Clements Pony Boy

https://youtu.be/PSNkAYTpn0A


 

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  posted on 1/13/2020 at 12:24 PM
Really enjoyed Dickey and Vassar doing Pony Boy. I can't remember if Dickey did that song at the 1974 solo show I saw but in later years solo or with the ABB the few times they played it or some of it, no words..just an instrument version.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2020 at 12:30 PM
Here's an instrumental "Pony Boy" in 1979:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a9_f6wDqWE

The Allmans played "Pony Boy" during a few of their acoustic sets in the 1990s

 

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