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  posted on 8/10/2017 at 04:06 PM
Amidst all of the numbing sadness around the losses we ABB fans have felt this year, I have seen some things that point forward.

Duane Betts is one of them--his playing at the "get together" after Gregg's funeral was noticeable to me. Noticeably powerful and melodic. He built his solos like....well I won't compare. I've seen some other videos since that speaks further to his excellent playing. He's played with Michael Allman, Jaimoe and others and just seems ready to take the mantle. Perhaps we'll get lucky and we can see some of the next generation contemplate working together on some level and continue a legacy built on great music.

One of my children goes to school in Westwood, so I need to get down there more to see Duane play as I believe he lives down that way. Check out some of the recent youtubes on him, tell us what you think.

 
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  posted on 8/10/2017 at 04:49 PM
I have been delighting in his playing for many years.
He and Jaimoe last night were the highlights of the Gregg tribute. They went off to Peachfest and I hope others will discover this superb player..

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 08:18 AM
I had the same observation when watching the jam in Macon... seemed like Duane was in control...

I think the brief stint with Dawes helped him out a lot. I've also seen some clips of him jamming with Jimmy Vivino that certainly cant hurt either.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 09:35 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggDRP6_eORo

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 10:54 AM
this really got my attention

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fJgGs0E8QI

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 11:01 AM
Beautiful playin.....a true melody guy....like his dad

....and now he wears a hat too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syp-TpqNVno

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 12:24 PM
I am sooo glad Duane Betts is back in the fold so to speak. I have often felt he was ostracized due to association for a while there by certain parties.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 01:11 PM
Duane's playing has really gone to another level. He's not the same player from a decade ago in Great Southern.

I was very happy for him to get the Dawes gig. That lasted a year or two. They now have a different "touring member" guitarist. He seems to be in demand for one-off shows with big names these days such as last night, Peach Fest etc. Hope he finds a permanent gig or new band (if that's what he wants).

I will also say that he seems to be quite the bridge-builder personality and good glue in the ABB family, too. Hope to get to see him play again some time sooner rather than later.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 02:00 PM
I saw him playing at The Big House too. He is definitely on a different level than a few years ago when I saw him !

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 06:13 PM
Some Liz Reed too.

https://youtu.be/qheAEkUMJYc

 

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  posted on 8/11/2017 at 10:53 PM
Duane has also been playing with west coast slide legend Johnny Stachela.
Go find them and check it out....

 

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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 12:10 AM
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I will also say that he seems to be quite the bridge-builder personality and good glue in the ABB family, too.


Yes, I think so too

 

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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 08:40 AM
Great to hear he is really starting to shine. Go Duane!

With all the Allmans, Trucks, Oakley, Betts, Williams, and throw in a Helm that are musicians, at some point, there may be another version of the Brothers Allman. They should take it back to the roots with a members only 3 day get together atAmy's daddy's barn. Bring the mushroom tea, and go for it, just for themselves and see what happens.

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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 09:04 AM
I keep waiting for Duane to release an album of his own material. He played "Saving Grace" and "Paradise" with DB&GS that I enjoyed and his tune "Taking Time" on YouTube is enjoyable also.
 
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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 09:46 AM
Paying homage to his iconic Father's music is to be expected, but the best he can do is to do his own music, playing what's inside of him, because that's the most authentic thing any musician can do. When Dickey does any of his own songs, aside from his technique (and he played with the master, honing his skills and learning the way), his songs were from his experiences and the energy surrounding those things.

We shouldn't expect Duane to just carry on playing and perfecting Dickey's songs or get the others like Berry Oakley Jr. to form another ABB band. Derek played for years with ABB doing their songs, trying to bring some of his own stuff to that and then like that old BB King song, 'the thrill is gone', that's what it turned into. He needed to do his own music his way for him to shine and be satisfied. Duane cannot stay in the shadows of Dickey, he's got to do his own thing. Devon never tried to follow his Father, he just wanted to know him, give what he could in thanks to that music, and help that music continue, but he is most definitely his own musician. Duane's on his way there and that's a beautiful thing, that's how it's supposed to be, so don't ask him to form a spin-off ABB progeny band, that's not right to ask of him.

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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 10:02 AM
Sorry for the confusion Gina, I'm not talking about a reformed ABB to cover the classics.
 

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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 10:09 AM
No apologies needed, many people, self included would like to see some re-emergence of the players still here, like Dickey, Oteil, Jaimoe, Marc, and other notables like Mike Kach and Pedro and of course kickass Frankie Lombardi form a mega band continuing the tradition.

It's great to see that there are so many musicians who are carrying on the legacy and keeping the music alive. A lot of people want that, myself included.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 07:55 PM
I'm very happy for Duane. He got the benefit of some opportunities when he was young to sit in with the ABB, and although he acquitted himself as best as you could expect and played really well at times - he wasn't quite an ABB quality as a player yet. Very few ever are. Well, I'd say he is now. Obviously not yet the equal of some of the all time great guitarists who have been in that band, but man he can really play now. He had lots of genetic and financial advantages to be sure. but he worked at it and made himself really, really good. I tip my hat to that. These are both a couple years old - he's even better now, but they are great examples of his progression and great tunes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys9qHn48aek&list=RDys9qHn48aek&inde x=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFCt3yVNwCw&list=RDys9qHn48aek&inde x=2

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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 08:38 PM
I'm posting twice in a row, I don't care, this is iimportant. It was mentioned earlier in this thread that Duane is playing with Johnny Stachela, Johnny Stachela is awesome, I only heard of him very recently, it's hard to know about everyone, but if you haven''t heard of him or checked him out, do so right away. He's awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocCjkhCg-vQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qqVZZcnh0k

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  posted on 8/12/2017 at 11:49 PM
Just wanted to mention that he sounded really great tonight on Jessica at Peach

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  posted on 8/13/2017 at 12:41 AM
Wow!

Great thread and I'm glad I caught it.

I saw Duane a few times with GS. He had some lovely moments and I always wished him well I had not seen his playing in a few years though.

That Blue Sky video was good and the Melissa was even better.

A seemingly shallow thing struck me and I bet I have said it before. When you see live music, visuals matter and body language matters. One of my faves is Mick Taylor, and I have seen him live where he looks awkward or shy or uncomfortable or unhappy, and it colors my perception of what I hear. Your body and face has to sell what you are playing. They can betray you too. I saw a show where Mick hated the sound and pouted all night. I thought it was a bad show that night. However, I later got the audio and it was fine!!!

I know plenty of people who thought the same about Derek. His stoicism colored their feelings of his playing. Not soulful enough.

Note that Derek is far more comfortable onstage now, more movement and facial expression and life. Crowds feel it.

Anyway, that "Stormy Monday" shows Duane Betts looking happy and confident - AND he plays his ass off on it. That is one that I am showing to people, not the Blue Sky. That swagger is great to see, and I love that he has that sweet melodic sense, leaves space. Builds it well. Great singer too.

But "Taking Time" kicks it up a big notch!! Wow!! I did not see that coming. Very cool to see him go in a non ABB direction. I love the roots rock / alt country thing. Son Volt, Izzy Stradlin, Tommy Stinson, this song is in THAT direction, and confidently so. Man!! Great!! And his guitar in the last minute is heaven.

I'm converted!! Bring it!!


 

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  posted on 8/13/2017 at 06:20 AM
He has been recording songs for years, not sure why he doesn't release an album.
 

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  posted on 8/13/2017 at 08:48 AM
Duane Betts stepped up ad hit "Jessica" out of the park at last night's tribute to Butch and Gregg at Peach. He's got original music coming and he is not shying away from his legacy either.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2017 at 02:40 PM
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Duane Betts stepped up ad hit "Jessica" out of the park at last night's tribute to Butch and Gregg at Peach. He's got original music coming and he is not shying away from his legacy either.


any video of this?

 

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  posted on 8/14/2017 at 03:54 PM
I have no video evidence, although I am sure it is out there or will be soon, but I can agree with APaul. On Saturday at the Peach Fest, Duane's performance during Jessica was the peak of the set. His solo built perfectly and exploded at the right time and the crowd went insane.

That whole set was amazing.. All of those second generation musicians on stage together drove home the point that this was always a family band. Duane Trucks did his uncle very proud also.

While I am on the subject the Peach Festival was a fantastic experience all the way around. We are locals so we didn't camp but we went up every day and stayed to the wee hours each night. I sincerely hope this festival continues to be "Wanee North" and I hope Panic and Mule come back every year to anchor it down.

 
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