The Chance May 20, 2006
Please pardon me for reviewing four shows instead of one & rambling on. These reviews are after Dickey's special annoucement & I feel I must weigh in. I was fortunate to get to see Dickey & Great Southern four times in the last three years. Additionally I saw him play w/ the Allman Bros. several times during the early nineties when Warren Haynes & Allen Woody were still in the band. After Warren & Woody left to pursue Gov't Mule it was great to walk into a club like The Chance & see a great show in an intimate setting. I have not been to an Allman Bros. show since Dickey departed. During the spring of 2006 Dickey played the The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY. I was in awe at how great the band sounded. I had not heard any bands rip it up like that since Warren & the mule had played there about seven years ago. About one year later Dickey & Great Southern played The Paramount in Middletown, NY. The band struggled that night & Dickey did not take nearly as many leads. Even on a so called "off" night Dickey is still better that about 90% of the players out there. This past July (7/16/09) Dickey & Great Southern played the Chance again & he and the band were back on top of their game. I wanted to catch the show at the Paramount in Peekskill this past fall but I caught a buzz earlier & thought it was best not to drive. As the end of 2009 was closing in I visited the web site and saw a handful shows listed during Dec. 2009. I decided to go to the the Stroudsburg show12/5/09. This time I got a room so that I could party before the show w/o worrying about driving. Once again Dickey & the band were in fine form. The band was so hot that a fire broke out a few blocks away & the electrical power on the main drag was out including at the dive motel I was staying at. Before Dickey's announcement that he would no longer be regularly touring, there were a few dates scheduled for March, 2010 but I didn't want to wait until March so I went to the Stroudsburg, Pa. show. Seeing as though this could be the last times I get to see Dickey play live, I am sure glad that I went. It has certainly been a privliedge seeing Dickey perrform live. His playing is great. He is a consumate pro when it comes to tone, phrasing , tasty licks & the style of music that he plays. When he is playing the only thing better than the last barrage of notes are the ones that are about to follow. The music ascends & he takes you along for the ride. While I am at it I must also give props to the rest of the band for also playing brilliantly. Thankyou Dickey Betts & Great Southern & best of luck to you all in the future.
Added: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Reviewer: Thomas A. Laruccia