Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has one of the most distinctive voices in music today. Known as one of the most influential guitar players of all time, Betts has mastered a seamless style of lyrical melody and rhythm -- marrying country, jazz, blues, and rock into one unparalleled sound. The New York Times has called Betts "one of the great rock guitarists…[who thinks like a jazz improviser, in thoughtfully structured, cleanly articulated, intelligently paced phrases…[when] Mr. Betts was tearing into one of his improvisations, the music was about as exciting as rock and roll gets."
A year after the ABB celebrated their 30th anniversary, Betts formed the Dickey Betts Band and hit the road on his own. His guitar sound is still immediately recognizable, with soaring leads providing musical wings, and his road seasoned vocals reflecting grit and hard-earned respect. The group released their first C.D.,"Let's Get Together" in June, 2001.
Dickey changed the name of the group to Dickey Betts & Great Southern in January, 2002. They recorded the critically acclaimed acoustic CD, "The Collectors Vol. I" that same year and toured extensively in 2002 and 2003.
Dickey performed "Blue Sky" and "Ramblin' Man" at the Jammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in NYC and Instant Live recently released "Dickey Betts at the Odeon, Cleveland, OH, 3/9/2004". Dickey was featured alongside Tim McGraw in a salute to Southern Rock at the 2005 Grammy Awards.
Dickey Betts & Great Southern are looking forward to a dynamic touring season in 2006 and especially to hooking up with the "best friends they've got" - their extended family of fans.