The Allman Brothers Band broke up in 1976, and so guitarist Dickey Betts resumed his solo career, which he had started with his brilliant Highway Call album back in 1974. Now with more time to devote to his solo career, he formed a new band which he called Great Southern, consisting of himself (guitar & vocals), Dan Toler (guitar), Tom Broome (keyboards), Ken Tibbets (bass), Jerry Thompson (drums) and Donnie Sharbano (drums). They released their debut album in 1977, which showed them to have a great southern rock sound full of tasty lead guitar work from both Betts and Toler. There were also notable contributions on a few songs by harmonica player Topper Price. Their style was definitely reminiscient of the Allman Brothers in places with its fluid country/blues/jazz blend, but they still clearly had their own signature sound developing.
Highway Call (1974) <|> Atlanta's Burning Down (1978)
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