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Published: 2012/07/01

Dickey Betts Sits in with Furthur

Photo by Ariel Rosemberg

Estranged Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts sat in with Furthur at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads last night. Betts emerged partway through Furthur’s second set for a take on “Viola Lee Blues” and remained onstage for “Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks),” the second portion of “Viola Lee Blues” and his own Allman Brothers Band classic “Blue Sky.” Though this is Betts’ first appearance with Furthur, he has guested with Lesh and Phil & Friends in recent years. Furthur also covered “Blue Sky” with Warren Haynes on vocals on March 13, 2011. In addition, last night’s setlist included a cover of Johnny Russell’s “Catfish John,” which Furthur introduced into their catalog earlier this year.

Betts will perform at Del Mar, CA’s Del Mar Fairgrounds tomorrow while Furthur will kick off their summer tour at Pawtucket, RI’s McCoy Stadium on July 5.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via

Saturday, June 30, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA

Set 1: Cassidy, Bertha, Big Bad Blues > Althea > Catfish John,
Estimated Prophet, Birdsong, Deal

Set 2: One More Saturday Night, Cumberland Blues, He’s Gone,
Viola Lee Blues (*) > Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) (*) >
Viola Lee Blues 2 (*) > Blue Sky (*), Viola Lee Blues 3, Days Between, Terrapin Suite

E: Donor Rap, Brokedown Palace

(*) with Dickey Betts


There are 11 comments associated with this post

Glenn July 1, 2012, 20:32:20

I heard, Dickey also played with Govt Mule…

chris July 1, 2012, 22:34:04

say himm last thurs. at the riverfront in albany n.y. he was asome

chris July 1, 2012, 22:34:04

say himm last thurs. at the riverfront in albany n.y. he was asome

Jake July 2, 2012, 20:19:16

Great to read all the positive reviews about Dickey Betts this year. The music flows out of him so beautifully when he is feeling well. I hope he remains in this good state a long time.

Ringo.s Hair July 3, 2012, 19:01:23

Awesome great news….. Dickie Is Back !:-) Stay Well

Bruce Whitehouse July 4, 2012, 18:18:27

Good to hear you are sitting in with these guys Dickey!

Luke July 10, 2012, 20:32:19

I can’t believe though, seemingly, that there is no video whatsoever of this on youtube, does anyone have or know where I can get video and or audio of this? Actually I don’t even know if Furthur puts their shows on Archive…thanks…

PM July 10, 2012, 22:13:37

Dickey.. perfect name for him

Dave July 11, 2012, 02:34:59

the last true “Brother” left the ABB in 2000

from the madness of the west July 11, 2012, 05:48:22

Hard to believe it has been 12 years since his firing from the Bros. I hope all the best for both bands. Dickey nor the bros have not brought out any new music in a long time. They are overdue.

Jim July 11, 2012, 16:18:14

That’s great. Good to see him getting out and jamming. I was thinking I read somewhere he was retiring? Hope he got a boost of energy and is sticking it out because always loved his playing.

Andy July 12, 2012, 21:06:30

I wish there was some good video coverage of this, too. Anyways, there’s more on this and Terrapin Crossroads news, reviews, setlists, audios, videos and events at

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