On October 29, 1971, the world lost charismatic guitarist Duane Allman, who was only 24 years old when his motorcycle hit a flatbed truck in Macon, Ga. Allman’s death came just months after the release of “At Fillmore East,” a double-live album by the Allman Brothers Band still considered to be the group’s peak achievement and a major milestone of improvisational and southern rock.
This Saturday, Greasy Tracks, a weekly radio show on Hartford’s WRTC hosted by Chris Cowles, pays tribute to Allman, who would have turned 68 this year, with a 4-hour show from 1:30-5:30 p.m. You can stream the broadcast at the station’s website (www.wrtcfm.com).
In addition to Allman’s music -- he was a prolific studio player in Muscle Shoals, Ala. before assembling the Allman Brothers Band, and also played on “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs,” the classic 1970 double-album by Eric Clapton’s Derek and the Dominos -- Cowles has lined up an impressive roster of call-in guests.
“At this point [we’ve] got Rick Hall from FAME Studios; Jimmy Johnson and David Hood of the Swampers; Bobby Whitlock of Derek and the Dominos; Jaimoe and Gregg Allman; Pete Carr and Johnny Sandlin from the Hour Glass; Marvell Thomas from Stax, and obviously, Duane’s daughter, Galadrielle to talk about her new book,” Cowles wrote in an email.
Galadrielle Allman, who was only two when her father died, recently published a memoir/biography called “Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, Duane Allman” and also co-produced “Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective,” a seven-CD box set that pulls together the bulk of Duane’s work.
WRTC operates at 89.3 MHz and broadcasts from Trinity College in Hartford, who provides engineering services; you can tune in by radio if you live in the area. The station is an all-volunteer operation that relies on donations from listeners.
Cowles also wrote that he’s trying to get Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs and Bonnie Bramlett, all of whom interacted musically with Allman, to pre-record interviews or call in to the show.