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CB’s Favorite Solos – Dickie Betts

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Here’s a song I’ve always dug. A couple of my fellow travelers on here (Music Enthusiast and Tommy) cringe at the term “country” but secretly they are fans because I know they also dig this country song from the Allman Brothers. Sorry boys but it has country all over it. No other way to slice it.

But CB isnt here to argue what category a song falls into (I’m not that well versed). I’m here to talk about Dickie Betts and the solo he cuts on ‘Ramblin Man’. I never get tired of hearing it. Is it the best guitar solo ever? I don’t know that but I do know that I absolutely love it. If this song comes on, no matter where I am, I will stop and wait for Betts to kick in and and do his thing. My ear just makes me.

There are some nice licks before the solo, the song works for me on so many musical levels. A story song to boot. But it’s when Dickie plays his guitar that things get really good. About the three minute mark he takes it and goes to town. Then at about the four minute mark he cranks it up some more. CB eats it up.

Play it Dick!

53 comments on “CB’s Favorite Solos – Dickie Betts

  1. hotfox63
    April 11, 2021

    Southern Classic. The song may not be suitable for long guitar improvisations, as Dickey Betts with Duane Allman did. But I like Dickey’s joy in playing. I believe he would play “Ramblin’ Man” even perfectly on an acoustic guitar in the breakfast room of a hotel in front of a few confused businessmen.

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  2. Aphoristical
    April 11, 2021

    I always think of Duane Allman first in that band.

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  3. 2loud2oldmusic
    April 11, 2021

    Classic. Such a great song. Well, the whole band was great so not surprising!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 11, 2021

      As a band they weren’t the same without Duane but they still could play and they did that on this tune. I was listening to them all day yesterday.

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  4. deKE
    April 11, 2021

    Who knows if it’s the best guitar solo but if it is your favourite solo as a fan that’s all that matters Sir!

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  5. Jim S.
    April 11, 2021

    Yes, in order to support his libelous accusation Mr. CB has to overlook two facts he well knows. A) ME is one of the biggest Bro fans in the world and 2) he not long ago posted his favorite country songs. Let us say it is not my favorite genre but has some pretty good stuff. And of course, my favorite country is country-rock.

    Fun fact: this song started out life as a straight-up country tune. You can find a bootleg up on YouTube called the Gatlinburg (TN) tapes. Somewhere in there, Dickey sings about a Ramblin’ Man.

    Call this song rock, country, or whatever – it still sounds fantastic. If I’m driving down the road and this tune comes on, I’m singing and playing air guitar right along with it. If some sorry pedestrian gets accidentally mowed down, let’s say it was for a good cause. Les Dudek plays harmony guitar in that great outro. And no, I don’t know what happened to him since.

    And now I will ask Mr. Movie (ONLY) this trivia question for which he can use no outside source. Knows it or doesn’t. This song was a big hit back in the day. You can hear it quite clearly as jukebox background music at a pivotal scene in a bar from a movie that was released in 1973. Movie?

    Oh, and no one calls Dickey ‘Dick.’

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 11, 2021

      The last line has me laughing (and a few others). I took “The Fillmore Concerts” for a walk yesterday. Man was I digging that. Like I said, over the years they just keep sounding better. ‘I throw another at you ‘Elizabeth Reed’ has jazz licks all over it. It was hitting me bigtime yesterday.
      I cant compete with your ABB history etc but we both are moved by the music. Im not kidding when I say this song stops me in my tracks.
      The movie? In my brain pan somewhere. I give up.

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      • Jim S.
        April 11, 2021

        Heh! I even got Tony over in the UK into that fucking album and he’s like, 12 years old. Yeah, ‘Liz Reed’ is pretty jazzy. Duane would tell you that he and Dickey were listening to ‘Kind of Blue’ pretty relentlessly.

        The movie? ‘The Exorcist.” Two priests are discussing the case and that comes blaring out of the speakers. I’ve seen that flick no less than 10 times. One of my all-time favorites. It does what it’s supposed to do. Scare the shit out of you. I bet CB was hiding under the seats.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 12, 2021

        Cool on the ‘Kind Of Blue’ thing. Makes sense
        Now I remember the ‘Exorcist’ thing and yes i was hiding under the seats. No wonder you liked the film so much. They used an Allman Bros song.

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      • Jim S.
        April 12, 2021

        That and ‘Tubular Bells.’ Yes, I used to go see that movie over and over just to hear that one-minute background snippet. And then a friend of mine said, Hey, dummy. You own the album. Why don’t you just go home and listen to it? Tell you what, that boy saved me a lot of money. Gotta admit I haven’t been much for pea soup ever since though.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 12, 2021

        I know you did a ‘Tubular Bells’ take. I should get off my ass and do one. I wore that record out.
        The Exorcist was a great film all around. Ellen B was so good in it. “Pea Soup” tonight for dinner. Thanks for the idea. Little ABB on the stereo.

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      • Jim S.
        April 12, 2021

        Speaking of the ABB, I was just listening to Christian’s fine list on Stones covers. I posted there that you haven’t heard ‘Heart of Stone’ till you’ve heard Gregg sing it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 13, 2021

        I will check it out

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      • Jim S.
        April 13, 2021

        I thought I had posted it here. Here goes.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 13, 2021

        I went over and seen it on Christians place. I saw that take and thought I missed this cut but you posted it later. Its good.

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      • Jim S.
        April 13, 2021

        Not too many people sang like Gregg. Jeez, it’s almost impossible to believe that band is gone. The spinoffs live on though.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 14, 2021

        I listen to them a lot.

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      • Jim S.
        April 14, 2021

        You probably listen to them more now than I do. I’m kinda saturated with them. Side note- we saw them several years ago at the Orpheum in Boston. I got a CD of the show.. I listened to it recently and as much as I like the Warren/Derek version, they are not Duane and Dickey. I don’t think Warren or Derek know from jazz and their interplay, while great, never quite reaches the same heights. Think of how Duane or Dickey would just go off for a while and do some interesting thing. I never heard the other guys do that. So, great players but maybe not as risk-taking or exploratory or something

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 14, 2021

        They are in my mix (big mix). I like the Trucks stuff. Not as familiar with Warren. I guess it would be a tricky thing to follow guys like Betts and Duane. Cant recreate that. I can see your point. I guess the cool thing is a new generation of music lovers are getting exposed to that kind of music through the people who are carrying the torch.

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      • Jim S.
        April 14, 2021

        Well you might be hearing Warren and not know it. They fired Dickey in 2000 (four years after my road trip) and Derek effectively replaced him. From then until 2014 when they broke up it was all Warren and Derek. The only studio album they recorded with that lineup was called “Hittin; the Note.” That’s where “Heart of Stone” comes from and that’s Warren’s creamy tone kicking it off. Warren is an everyman with the Dead and everybody else .He was even at the White House when our cool president, Obama had a bunch of blues guys in.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 14, 2021

        When I say I listen to ABB it’s the original stuff. I didnt keep up with them. A few Dickie and Greg solo records. I’m not in your elite category with the band. I guess I have some good listening to check out.

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      • Jim S.
        April 14, 2021

        It surprised me to realize there was only that one Derek/Warren album. And then I realized I’d seen that version of the band several times and have that live recording. You definitely wanna give their 1990 comeback album Seven Turns a spin.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 15, 2021

        Will do.

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  6. christiansmusicmusings
    April 11, 2021

    I absolutely love that song, CB. The harmony singing and guitar action are out of this world!

    In fact, for the longest time, “Ramblin’ Man” was the only Allman Brothers tune I knew. I’m glad I corrected that terrible oversight about eight years ago or so – just in time to see them live only a few months short of their official retirement. Man, it was hands down one of the best shows I’ve seen.

    BTW, I also used to dismiss country music as “hillbilly music.” But as you said, the reality is country influences are everywhere. Two of my favorite artists who made country more palatable to me are John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow. I’ve also always thought that Johnny Cash was really cool.

    While I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’ve become an outright country fan, I definitely appreciate it much more than I used to do, especially its close cousin Americana.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 11, 2021

      All good stuff Christian. Id would have been cool to sit in on that concert.
      My ear isnt attracked to the mainstream “country” but it is there for the people that have it in their blood. The ones you mentioned and others like CCR, The Band , Bruce the list goes on. My music is influenced by it in a big way. thanks for the great comment.

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  7. Yeah, Another Blogger
    April 11, 2021

    Duane and Dickie were probably the greatest guitar duo ever. Just fantastic.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 11, 2021

      Like I was commented to some of the others. I took the ‘Fillmore Concerts’ for one of them there walks yesterday Neil and it confirms your opinion. ‘Elisabeth Reed’ sounded so good. Thanks for dropping by.

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  8. badfinger20 (Max)
    April 11, 2021

    Duane always said that Dickie was the great one. He had such great taste in what he played. No wasted notes and always played for the song…not just to hear himself play. Awesome song and it being country is what worried Gregg…”that is straight up country” but I’m glad they released it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 12, 2021

      I would expect Duane to give that kind of credit. Giving a nod to a brother musician.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        April 12, 2021

        Yea they played off each other great…and Dickie brought them in for the landing afterward. To me…what made them work was the different tone and then Dickie picked up slide and expanded himself…but I think too much in it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 12, 2021

        You have the musician angle which Im a little envious of. But man does it sound good.

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  9. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    April 11, 2021

    Oh man, this was my favourite group back in the 10th grade! The best guitar man in the US, Dicky Betts, for sure! I saw the Allman Brothers Band every time they came to Miami, which was two times, lamentably it was after the death of Duane Allman. Great post CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 12, 2021

      Thanks Francisco. You are a a legitimate ABB fan. Pretty cool band with so much good music. It keeps growing on me after all these years.

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  10. J.
    April 12, 2021

    Tremendous stuff, CB. Id the Fillmore gig on LP for a couple of years now and recently got into some other Allman albums and theres no doubt that they don’t waste a single note. Dickie plays a blinder here… knowing when to hang, when to play, when to play the space… an absolute joy to listen to.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 12, 2021

      The vinyl is extra heavy because of all the great music on them. Your comment on Betts fits. You musicians know all the lingo.

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      • J.
        April 12, 2021

        Yup. There are great grooves in the, eh, grooves! Love this stuff. Got me in the mood to burn through the Allman stuff I have this evening. One after the other.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 12, 2021

        Yes. all good music sets me off, some more than others.

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  11. keepsmealive
    April 12, 2021

    I love absolutely everything about this song. Great shout!

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  12. 1dancequeendq
    April 16, 2021

    Very country IMHO. 😄

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  13. msjadeli
    April 17, 2021

    I love this song also. Everything meshes with the sounds and Betts soars.

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