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Dickey Betts & Great Southern Dickey Betts & Great Southern
Album: Southern Rock Jam
Label: Sony
Tracks: 10

Dickey Betts, is one of the greatest rock guitarists, mainstay of The Allman Brothers Band, with many writing credits to his name such as Jessica and Rambling Man.

This a compilation of tracks from two of his solo albums released in the late Seventies.

The first five tracks are taken from his second solo album - Dickey Betts & Great Southern - recorded in 1977. Here you will find great searing slide guitar and a wonderful groove.

The opening track Out To Get Me wouldn't be out of place on an Allman Brothers Band album, apart from the superb guitar there is some excellent harmonica. The standout track is "Sweet Virginia" - not the song by the Stones - this is a mid-paced gentle song, with a stunning guitar solo.

The final five tracks are from Atlanta's Burning Down - the third studio album by Dickey Betts. It was recorded with his band "Great Southern" in late 1977, and released in early 1978.

The top tracks are "Good Time Feeling" and "Atlanta's Burning Down". The title track tells the tale of a soldier's wife being in Atlanta during the burning of the city, while he was fighting in Virginia. Guest musicians were Bonnie Bramlett, Clydie King and Sherlie Matthews on background vocals.

This is an interesting look at Southern Rock from the Seventies and I must say it holds up well. If you like the Allman's, then you'll love this I'm sure.

John Knighton