After his unceremonious 2000 ousting from the band he helped propel to stardom, celebrated Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts put his own group together, and the result is a fine collection o

After his unceremonious 2000 ousting from the band he helped propel to stardom, celebrated Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts put his own group together, and the result is a fine collection of jam-heavy blues rock songs. Seven of the 11 cuts are Betts compositions, including the brass-bolstered Southern boogie instrumental "Rave On," the snarling "Sing While I'm Walkin'," and the hard-charging, jubilant title cut. Elsewhere, Betts' "Tombstone Eyes" is a powerful, poignant ballad with "Gregg Allman vocal" written all over it (although vocalist/pianist Matt Zeiner handles it quite well), and two extended set-pieces are mighty fine: the jazzy "One Stop Be-Bop" and the "Elizabeth Reed"-styled "Dona Maria." Betts is ably assisted throughout, most notably by guitarist/vocalist Mark Mays, and Zeiner, both of whom contribute key songs, including "I Gotta Know" and "Call Me Anytime," respectively. Production-wise, the mix is strangely muffled in places, sometimes muting the obvious exuberance of Betts and his band, but it's still a fine ride and quite a statement regarding Betts and his still-potent skills. Distributed by Navarre.—RW

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