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Author: Subject: The Dickey Betts Band + @The Great South Bay & St George Theatre - A Picture Book

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  posted on 7/22/2018 at 04:43 PM
I caught the 2 Island shows.... The Long and the Staten's. I adored them both. I didn't go to see flawless technical perfection. I went to see bands that I've grown with, lived parallel lives with, and shared moments in time with and to hear them play their songs.

The Great South Bay Festival had a stellar line up Kerry Kearney, Devon Allman Project w/Duane Betts, Little Feat, Electric Hot Tuna, & Dickey Betts. I grabbed the ultra VIP tix in order to experience the day in the best possible fashion. Great friendly folks from the staff, to the vendors, to the fans, it was a sweet breath of humanity (there sadly was one brawl that marred the vibe midday), but everybody was happy to be there.

Kerry Kearney ( http://www.kerrykearneyofficial.com/ ) started it off at the main stage and rocked it, I need to see more of this band. He brought out a kid to join them onstage for a tune, I assume it was his daughter. It was a cute moment that worked within the song. Impressive blues with some violin and harp mixed in nicely for the whole set.

Devon's Band came out and played 3 songs before having Duane join in on 3 including Taking Time and Dreams. It sounds like they doubled their set amount from the Beacon show. I would love to see some future work with these Gents and members of their respective bands. It can be another road to go on forever.

Little Feat was cool, Timeless classics that are just impregnated into my head. Hot Tuna was no doubt electrified, I recently had seen them acoustically and they really bring a sonic power electrically. To this point the sun was out and it had a Woodstock by the ocean feel. Coming into the Festival I bumped into Duane walking back to the buses after strolling the grounds. I also caught a couple songs walking through by a band called The Memphis Crawl. Nice sound, they talked of making a new CD up at Woodstock later this year. If it's at Levon's Barn or The Woodstock Sessions Studio's I may have to travel upstate and go see my girl Karen over at the Woodstock Inn.

Then came Dickey Betts. I loved the set. It was short and the production set up was inept and lacking. The issues were overcome, the tweaking continued well into the 1st few songs. Dickey was way high in the mix and I loved it, there was no attempt to mask or cover him volume wise. His leads were re-enforced at times by Duane and Damon as were motions by Duane and Pedro to keep up his timing. He seemed to be a man who's been playing solo guitar on his couch and not on stage full band. Dickey was off key in a couple of spots, most notably for Midnight Rider's lead section. It didn't matter he played his signature sounds on them iconic tunes, it was the place to be for me. He was up in the mix, he strutted and motioned proudly at times, he is still the Man and the Musician I've followed for decades ('81 to be exact). It was just a great close out to a spectacular day.

I remember buying the St George tix and seeing the mirrored Beacon's band line up and was happy to trek over to a venue I've never been to in Staten Island. It was majestic like the Beacon, Great venue. I expected to have Devon's Band open followed by the MTB.

I shook hands with David Spero in the lobby and he started to let folks know the band was coming on in 5 min's. I thought it odd? My wife and I went in to our seats and 5 min's later out pops Dickey and the band. It was all Dickey all night. Devon did join on stage early on for Midnight Rider and that was the only guest. The band was on fire, pristine out of the box, No technical issues at all. It most likely was the plan once they decided to make a live DVD from this show. Great call. The cameras were rolling around all night and it was a great night to document this musical moment in time. I attended a benefit for Mike Kach in Florida 3 years ago when he struggled with liver disease. I love the guy and he looks and sounds fantastic. He and Frankie Lombardi pitched in on some background and supporting Dickey vocals and it was a blissful blend as they've been with Dickey via Great Southern as Pedro's in the family too. Damon Fowler played some nice slide. It should be a nice DVD, It's a product I'll surely relive the night with.

Life is about loves, journey's, and adventures. Well I lived all three with the Dickey Betts Band this past week sandwiching another great band I caught at the Loft at the City Winery Billy Strings. Life is good my friends, make sure you go out and live it. Here's some pic's for the visual......


Great South Bay Festival 7/15/18



















St George Theatre 7/21/18













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[Edited on 7/23/2018 by Fretsman]

 
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  posted on 7/22/2018 at 06:52 PM
Great post and pics. Looks like you had quite the enjoyable dose of good music!!
 
 


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