Allman Brothers guitarist and singer Dickey Betts stars as the interview subject in a forthcoming episode of The Big Interview, where he’ll sit down with journalist Dan Rather to discuss his return to performing following his 2014 retirement, amongst many other topics. The first clip from the pre-recorded interview was shared on Wednesday and shows an optimistic 75-year-old Betts comparing himself to Tiger Woods of all people.
“I missed it,” Betts confidently tells Rather about picking up the guitar again. “I’d just done it so long, you know. [I was] 70 and I thought ‘I’m just going to play golf and go fishing,’ you know, enjoying myself.”
Betts co-founded the Allman Brothers in 1969 and was even fired from the group in 2000 as a result of his alcohol abuse. In addition to forming the band, Betts also wrote some of their most well-known songs during his time in the famous southern rock group, including “Jessica” and “Ramblin’ Man”. The past two years, however, have been tough for Allman Brothers fans, as drummer Butch Trucks and guitarist Gregg Allman both passed away, while Betts suffered a stroke back in August. Betts was again admitted to the hospital after suffering a freak head injury at his Florida home just a few weeks after the mini-stroke. He’ll be celebrating his 75th birthday on Wednesday at his home in Florida while he continues to regain his full strength.
“I feel kind of like Tiger Woods you know,” He continued saying in the interview clip, which can be watched below. “Coming back after four-and-a-half years, I’m really trying to play par.”
The full interview between Betts and Rather will premiere on AXS TV next Tuesday, Dec. 18th at 9 p.m. EST.
Devon Allman and Duane Betts also recently announced the formation of a new group, The Allman Betts Band. The band will release their debut album next spring to go along with a world tour. Both Devon and Duane are currently on the road through February 2019 as The Devon Allman Project, with the younger Betts as the special guest. Tickets for the ongoing 2018-2019 tour for those shows can be found here.
Dickey Betts and Dan Rather – The Big Interview – Teaser Clip
[Video: AXS TV]