Oh, I'm not claiming to know the details. I know someone who worked for a while at a pretty well-known venue, and he said Betts was not the laid-back character he seems. I'm sure that there is more to the situation than I'm aware of. It just seemed pretty ironic to me, especially given Allman's behaviour around the time of the big drug trial and subsequent breakup in the early 80's.
I'll also confess to being a big fan of Dickey Betts's music. Even during the Duane era, he played some of the most amazing solos; I think some people assume that all of the lead on Live At The Fillmore is Duane. He also brought some of the best material to the band ("Blue Sky," "Southbound.")
So, in other words, I'm biased.
I thought it was kinda funny that they said it was a substance abuse problem that inspired it too. For the same reasons you did. Band politics on a band with THAT much history get messy sometimes.
That said, the few times that the lineup was with Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring were pure magic.
I agree the bottle rockets are a spectacular band. Not southern rock, by my definition, more alt country, but still.