Dickey Betts and Dan Toler jam back in the day
When Dickey Betts announced his retirement in December he said, “I’m not retiring from playing. I’m sure there will be some great special events that I’ll be at in the future.” One such event took place in Sarasota, FL this past Saturday at a benefit for a 10-month old girl with cancer named Lilly Murphy.
The concert was organized through the Sarasota Feeds & Needs group and featured several bands, including Cowboy Keith and One Night Rodeo. Dickey Betts & Great Southern made a surprise—but rumored—appearance at the end of the night. Former Great Southern guitarist Dangerous Dan Toler, who also played in the Allman Brothers Band from 1978-1982, rejoined the band for its extended set. The group focused on many of Betts’ originals and Allman Brothers Band’s signature covers, including “Blue Sky,” “One Way Out, “Seven Turns,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Jessica” and a show-closing “Ramblin’ Man.”