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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 09:56 AM
from on his web site.. thought I'd post some here... He is a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band and has some nice and informative things to say as well as all the brothers of the band... I never see his quotes on the ABB web site ....

This is one of my favorite's


And he said...

"If one guy is down, everyone else tries to carry him, not run him into the stage. "

-- Dickey Betts



 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 09:57 AM
Here's another


And he said...

Iíll tell you the Godís honest truth, Iím not mad at anybody, Iím just disappointed. I didnít want to see The Allmanís Brotherís Band end its history that way. I hope that those guys do well. I wish them the best. I just wish things didnít have to happen the way... Sometimes things happen for the best, so I just have to wait and see. Things happen and things change. If thereís one thing constant, itís change. So, itís kind of a new era for me. Iíve got a bunch of younger cats working with me and they say, ďWhat do you think of this tune?Ē and I say, ďHow about doing it something like this?Ē and they do the same thing with me so the music becomes more dynamic than I'm used to. Thereís just a lot of enthusiasm and I've developed a new liveliness to my approach and I'm real happy and proud of what we're doing.

-- Dickey Betts

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 09:59 AM
And he said...

Allen Woody was just a funny guy. Iíll tell you what, he was absolutely brilliant. He came off as kind of a Good Ole Boy motorcycle hero kind of a guy, but that guy was... he had a real quick wit and a very high IQ and he was well read. He was more than what you thought when you just first meet him. And [he was] a wonderful musician and just a hell-raiser at heart...

-- Dickey Betts

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 01:40 PM
Here's another


And he said...

Young players just starting out should just play a lot. Youíve got to play a lot and youíve gotta do a lot of listening. You know, Eric Clapton didnít start the Blues. I donít mean that in a derogatory wayÖ Itís just that a lot of these young cats that I meet think that Clapton started the Blues. I say, ďNah, youíve gotta go waaaay further back than that.Ē Youíve gotta go way back past BB King way back to Son House, to Robert Johnson, Elmore James, and follow the lineage right on out and try to learn a little bit from each one of those guys. Albert King is not to be overlooked. Put your things together that way rather than base it all on modern players. You know the young guys have their favorite modern players but you canít base your whole thing just on them because you wonít build a strong foundation. That would be my word.

-- Dickey Betts

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 05:19 PM
great stuff.
 

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And he said...

"I'm real thankful for having had "road schooling" really early. I learned music has nothing to do with how you move your hands and everything to do with what's in your heart."

-- Dickey Betts

 

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  posted on 1/16/2009 at 02:42 AM
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And he said...

"I'm real thankful for having had "road schooling" really early. I learned music has nothing to do with how you move your hands and everything to do with what's in your heart."

-- Dickey Betts I'm just thankful to have had the chance to listen to all the great music Dickey created and was a part of


 

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Dickey remembers his relationship w/Duane as something precious and rare:

"There are very few people you run across that you can make love to. There are very few people you come across with whom you can sit down and have a conversation that is truly enlightening, where both people give the same as they take.

"By the same thought there are very few times two musicians come together who understand each other in that fashion, the same as two people having a real conversation and truly understanding each other; the same as a man and a woman makingh love.

"This is the kind of thing me and Duane had. I KNEW the dude; I knew him all the way through. I admired him; I learned from him; he learned from me. To experience that with a musician the caliber of Duane Allman is one of the greatest gifts I've received and been able to share in my 31 years."

from Tom Nolan biography

 

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  posted on 1/17/2009 at 02:16 PM
It's a long quote, & continues like this

"...in my 31 years.
"It happened every day. When we had breakfast and he said, 'I want grapefruit and tomato juice' -- it was happening then. It happened all the time. We were so open. We would sit, and I would say, 'Duane, you know, it's so hard to play; I'm so jealous of you because you're so good'. And he'd say, 'Yeah You, you mother -- you can PLAY, and after you get through I don't know what the hell to do'. The jealousy thing was there, but it was so honest that it was healthy; and it just FIRED the energies that we did have. We just FIRED off each other. I played more than I'd played in 10 years, and so did he."

 

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"I know y'all came to hear our songs, we like to play 'em for you but without Gregg here it's really hard for us to do. He sings & plays so much & does such a good job. He's really sick, 103* He might've come, but no one would let him." Duane

 

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  posted on 1/22/2009 at 02:40 PM
Stephen Thank You so much for those quotes from Dickey... Pleasure to read.. and even more insightful to who Dickey really is... never any quotes on the ABB thread from him.. I asked that question and never got an answer...

 

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  posted on 1/22/2009 at 07:09 PM
^ bumped up... To show class and respect...

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 01:52 PM
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^ bumped up... To show class and respect...


...something the typist from 1/22 at 7:09 has an abundance of -- Hey Rain, thanks (bundle up this weekend, another cold one) --
This one says it well about Dickey too, both about playing w/Duane & his approach to music in general -- it's from the Oct./Nov. 2003 issue of Musicians Hotline

"Duane was more of a real purist blues man and well my dad and all my uncles were fiddle players. I think growing up and hearing the melodies and things, I think that with Duane and I, it was the chemistry. I was more a melody kind of guy. I would just start a melody and Duane woulod jump on it and play the harmony to it. That doesn't explain the whole thing between me and Duane, but that's basically what we did. I think he picked up the idea of playing melody in rock and roll and I picked up a lot of stuff from him on how to pour your heart into playing a blues line. We learned a lot from each other."

 

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"I know y'all came to hear our songs, we like to play 'em for you but without Gregg here it's really hard for us to do. He sings & plays so much & does such a good job. He's really sick, 103* He might've come, but no one would let him." Duane

 

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  posted on 1/26/2009 at 11:33 AM
On traveling (from same interview)

"The hard work on the road is not the playing. The hard part is the traveling and getting up. The odd hours sleeping. You sleep three hours on the bus, then you get up and you go to the hotel and you sleep for another three hours there, and you get up and go to the show. The show part is is the fun part of being out there. We try to get the most out of it and I think the audience appreciates us giving them a good long show."

Same thing in pro sports too (see post in WP thread) -- music & sports is cool, could talk about them all day long...there sure are a lot of talented people in this world

 

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"I know y'all came to hear our songs, we like to play 'em for you but without Gregg here it's really hard for us to do. He sings & plays so much & does such a good job. He's really sick, 103* He might've come, but no one would let him." Duane

 

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"The way I would explain the way that came together. You know it started out as a trio. Berry Oakley and I had our band. And Berry informed us that he and Duane were going to start a trio. And Phil Walden had found Duane in Muscle Shoals. So it was going to be Jaimoe and Duane and Berry Oakley. And they actually went and did some demos and had rehearsals and things. And so Duane was coming and sitting in with Berry and Iís band to get used to playing with Berry. The thing actually came together like a Polaroid picture developing. You know, nobody really planned it out. It was supposed to be a trio and then Duane and I started playing this off the wall stuff that was just a natural, just from Duane sitting in with our band. One night they came to me and said, ďWhy donít you join up with us?Ē And then we had four pieces and then Duane said, ďAs powerfully as weíre playing, maybe we ought to go to two sets of drums.Ē Jaimoeís more of a Jazz drummer. And heís kind of got a real soft touch and everything, so we asked Butch Trucks to join us and then we had five pieces. And hell we had been rehearsing those five pieces for six weeks and Oakley and I kept working on Duane to call his brother because we knew that the band was something special, but nobody could sing as well as the band could play. So Duane and Gregg were having a little family argument. They werenít speaking to each other. So we talked Duane into calling him and Gregg got on a plane and came down, and then it was six pieces. So it came together like that. Yeah, we all knew we had something special because we had been putting bands together for years at that point. We all started when we were about 16 and we were in our 20ís then. But thatís how it came together and it was pretty nice really. "

The cool part about this was that I heard it straight from the horses mouth on my telephone. I thought to myself; this can't really be happening.

[Edited on 1/28/2009 by jdorman60]

 

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  posted on 1/27/2009 at 07:53 AM
jdorman .. you always come up with the GOODS... wonderful read ... by a wonderful and classy man.

 

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Yep, great one jdorman -- especially hearing it firsthand like that -- cool!!
Here's a different version of that same period, quoting Dickey from the Nolan biog.

"Duane came and sat in with me and Berry, and blew everybody away. Everybody. Not only the dudes in the band but the drunks who were sitting at the bar trying to get some chicks. He got 'em to wake up and look. I said, hey man this mother can PLAY. Duane was supoposed to put a trio together, right? Drummer, bass player and him. That was at a time when trios were a big deal. But every time he would play with our bass player, I would be there playing. And me and him would play together, and funny things would happen. And me and him would laugh at each other...and he said, 'I don't want no trio; I want you, and I want Butch, and I want six guys'. So we got six guys, because when we played, we made white people do things they hadn't done in thousands of years. Stomp their bare feet on the ground, and dance. And they dug it."

 

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Thanks Rainy and Stephen. This is a fun and interesting thread. Maybe we should start one with all the wonderful things Gregg and Butch have gone out of their way to say about Dickey, or all the times they casually gloss over his contributions. Whoops, there I go again getting all negative over here in happyland.

 

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"Well, Iím just disappointed in the way things happened. The guys kind of made a mess of things. That band deserved better history than that. I mean if they didnít want to work with me for one reason or another, there was a lot better way to do it than the way they went about it. But hell, as far as playing music, I am a lot happier now, just because everybody is a lot more enthusiastic. You know that jealousy and resentment, it really gets overbearing after a while. To tell you the truth, I am real comfortable right now. "

 

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Here's another one from the 2004 Musicians Hotline interview

Q: WHEN I LOOK AT THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, IT IS ALMOST ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISMATCHES THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE WORKED BUT DID. THE TWO DRUMMERS HAVE TOTALLY DIFFERENT STYLES, I WOULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT OF PUTTING THEM BOTH TOGETHER

Dickey: "To me it does make sense. Butch was the real pile driving freight train kind of drummer, whereas Jaimoe would put all the nice colors and effects in around Butch. Actually Duane and I weren't as different as one might think. We both had the same idea about playing. We just went about it differently. He had a totally different tone than I did, but we both had the same idea about how to get a song across."

 

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Having been there when it was all coming together at the Armory, The BEE IN's, and the practice sessons at the Comic Book Club, I feel very fortunate to have at one time been a witness to the birth of the greatest rock band that's ever lived. I spent a lot of time getting to know Duane and Berry not only at the clubs but also at the Band house in north Jax. To me they were the true brothers of the Allman Brothers Band. Their relationship was very special. As far as The Second Coming Band and Dickey Betts, I remember telling someone that Dickey played Clapton better than Clapton did and that was before Duane showed up and they became the New Second Coming.

To me It just isn't the Allman Brothers Band without Dickey Betts. It's just Gregg Allman and Friends all over again. If it were not for Dickey and Duane, The Allman Brother trademark sound would not be. It would just sound like The Hour Glass or the Allman Joys.

 

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Having been there when it was all coming together at the Armory, The BEE IN's, and the practice sessons at the Comic Book Club, I feel very fortunate to have at one time been a witness to the birth of the greatest rock band that's ever lived. I spent a lot of time getting to know Duane and Berry not only at the clubs but also at the Band house in north Jax. To me they were the true brothers of the Allman Brothers Band. Their relationship was very special. As far as The Second Coming Band and Dickey Betts, I remember telling someone that Dickey played Clapton better than Clapton did and that was before Duane showed up and they became the New Second Coming.

To me It just isn't the Allman Brothers Band without Dickey Betts. It's just Gregg Allman and Friends all over again. If it were not for Dickey and Duane, The Allman Brother trademark sound would not be. It would just sound like The Hour Glass or the Allman Joys.




A great post with alot of insight and feeling... Thanks alot for sharing and only confirming what I had already suspected....

 

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Youíve gotta go way back past BB King way back to Son House, to Robert Johnson, Elmore James, and follow the lineage right on out and try to learn a little bit from each one of those guys. Albert King is not to be overlooked. Put your things together that way rather than base it all on modern players. You know the young guys have their favorite modern players but you canít base your whole thing just on them because you wonít build a strong foundation. That would be my word.

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To all who posted Dickey comments KUDOS!!!! Man that is great stuff. Keep it coming. I love it.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2011 at 07:55 PM
Dickey still ROCKS.
 

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  posted on 3/10/2011 at 09:35 PM
YES HE DOES!

 

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