Founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has announced his retirement from the road. The guitarist confirmed on his website that his appearance at New York’s The Concert Hall on December 12 was his last touring date. The show took place on his 66th birthday.
“I’m not retiring from playing,” Betts said in a statement. “I’m sure there will be some great special events that I’ll be at in the future. But for now, I look forward to waking up tomorrow with nothing on my schedule.”
Betts has toured with a revolving backing band since parting ways with the Allman Brothers Band in 2000. After touring as the Dickey Betts Band for a few years, the guitarist revived his original Great Southern band moniker. His solo group has included former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler and, more recently, his son Duane Betts.