Betts joined several bands in the sixties and eventually formed a band with bassist Berry Oakley. One fateful night in 1969, Betts and Oakley's band jammed with another local group featuring Duane and Gregg Allman, marking the birth of the Allman Brothers Band.
In addition to matching band leader Duane Allman lick for lick, Betts also wrote such memorable songs as "Revival" and the instrumental tour de force "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." After Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were killed in accidents a year apart in 1971 and 1972, the Allman Brothers worked through their sorrow, with Betts writing and singing the group's biggest hit, "Ramblin' Man".
Members of the band ventured into solo careers in 1973, and when the ABB officially split up in 1976, he formed Dickey Betts and Great Southern. The group reformed in 1978, but soon split again.
In 1989, their 20th anniversary, the Allman Brothers Band reformed. The chemistry that resulted from the unique two-guitar approach of Warren Haynes and Betts made the Allman Brothers Band once again one of the most compelling bands in the country. The band enjoyed continued success throughout the nineties -- being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, winning their first Grammy, and amazing audiences with their powerful live performances.
A year after the Allman Brothers Band celebrated their 30th anniversary, Betts departed to hit the road on his own. His guitar sound is still immediately recognizable, with soaring leads providing musical wings, and his road-seasoned vocals reflecting grit and hard-earned respect. The group released their first CD in June, 2001 mining such American music genres as jazz, western swing, country rock, blues, Celtic, and some good ole rock n’ roll.
Dickey Betts & Great Southern have honed their considerable musical skills through a relentless touring schedule that have included live concert appearances with the Charlie Daniels Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Weir and Rat Dog, and Phil Lesh & Friends