Allmans Replace Founding Guitarist Dickey Betts For Summer Tour

Group calls move a result of 'creative differences.'

The Allman Brothers Band announced on Friday (May 19) that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will be replaced by Atlantan Jimmy Herring during the Southern rock group's upcoming summer tour.

The band issued a statement that said, "Sadly, there are creative differences" between Betts and the group. "However, the band hopes that their good friend and brother will be back on the road with them in the fall."

The Allman Brothers Band's summer tour begins June 16 in Virginia Beach, Va., and is scheduled to conclude Sept. 4 in Long Beach, Calif. Opening acts along the way include Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Hot Tuna and Alvin Youngblood Hart.

Betts, who did not comment on his replacement, wrote and sang 1972's "Ramblin' Man," the band's first and biggest hit single.

Herring plays in Frogwings with the Allman Brothers Band's drummer, Butch Trucks, and slide guitarist Derek Trucks, and also has previously worked with Bruce Hornsby, the Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh.

The original Allman Brothers Band lineup — Duane and Gregg Allman, Betts, Berry Oakley, Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson and Butch Trucks — formed in Macon, Ga., in 1968 and released their self-titled debut the following year. Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in Macon in October 1971. Oakley died the next year in a motorcycle crash near the site of Allman's death.

The group's subsequent on-again, off-again career survived breakups and re-formations throughout the 1970s and '80s before coming together again for good in 1989. The Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.