Richard Betts / Highway Call
With his producer and Allman Bros. collaborator, multi-instrumentalist Johnny Sandlin in the bass chair, Richard Betts waxed a true gem of a slab that rivals the brilliance of Brothers and Sisters (1973). Featuring Vassar Clements on fiddle and the plinkery of Chuck Leavell, Betts mines his deep country roots to the max. Akin to Brothers Berry and Lamar, Sandlin works the pocket with a rhythm & blues character. Betts’ tone never sounded so sweet, and his interplay with Clements on “Hand Picked,” and “Kissimmee Kid” is downright blissful. Note that Sandlin got the best out of Gregg and Richard on their respective solo sides.