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Gregg Allman Talks Dickey Betts, B.B. King in New Interview

July 29, 2015

In a new interview with Alan Paul in The Wall Street Journal, Gregg Allman dishes on a variety of topics, most notably his thoughts on Dickey Betts. When prompted about Allman's penchant for announcing Betts' name prior to performing the tune "Southbound," he said that's because Betts should be credited for writing a very good song. 

"Time heals," he added. "I haven't seen him in a very long time and would be very open to it. In fact, I would love to play with him again." When asked to clarify, Allman said that it'd be "just to jam" but he also added that he'd "love to see Betts. We had our ups and down and all our demons. We had our problems, our ins and outs and our public embarrassments on both sides. But that’s all way behind us now. There’s nothing at all wrong with forgive and forget."

Allman also discussed the passing of blues legend B.B. King, saying, "What a loss! I knew him very well. He ate dinner over at my mother’s house once. And anytime I could, I’d visit his dressing room to say hi and he’d always go, 'You ain’t acting up now, are you, boy? You know how your mama would feel if you’re out here taking a bunch of that stuff.' And I’d say, 'No, B. I’m cool.' He knew I was drinking real heavy and how to at least make me think about it."

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