SARASOTA - Dickey Betts got a nice surprise as over 500 people showed up and sang happy birthday to the 70 year old at the White Buffalo Saloon on Friday night. The cake was in the shape of a guitar, what else right?
Dickey Betts and the Great Southern Band along with Gamble Creek Band, put on a tremendous show to help raise money for Toys for Tots. Folks who brought an unwrapped toy were able to get in for the price of admission.
Music is in the veins of the Betts family, as Kim Betts lead singer, for the Gamble Creek Band warmed the crowd up prior to the great performance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Dickey Betts and the Great Southern Band.
While I was back stage, I told Dickey that his daughter was really doing a great job singing, and he said, as a proud dad would, "Ya, I kinda think that as well" with a chuckle.
To surprise Dickey on his birthday, organizers flew in Dickey's talented son Duane to play guitar, and band member bass guitarist Pedro Arevalo from California.
Tis' the season for giving, and that's what both the bands and the folks showing up did on this night. Making sure some kids would not spend Christmas without a present.
Video shot by Martin Price