Let's Get Together

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