Hartford, CT’s long-running soul and blues program, Greasy Tracks, will host a very special broadcast honoring the late Gregg Allman this Saturday, March 17th on WRTC, based at Hartford, CT’s Trinity College. The radio program, hosted by Chris Cowles, has been broadcasting for more than 20 years, and has interviewed and paid tribute to countless music legends, including Gregg’s late brother, Duane Allman (hear the Greasy Tracks Duane Allman special here).
According to WRTC, this four-hour special will include interviews with Gregg’s former bandmates, friends, and collaborators from throughout the years. The program will also include a variety of recordings of Allman from throughout the years as well as a full presentation of his Grammy-nominated posthumous final album, Southern Blood, complete with background and expert commentary.
As the special’s announcement explains about Southern Blood:
Of the 10 tracks on Southern Blood (Rounder Records) — regarded by many as his best-ever solo work — eight were covers painstakingly selected by Allman, manager/confidante Michael Lehman and producer Don Was. Allman and Lehman began the planning stages for the project in 2015 with a focus on defining Allman’s life, a pseudo-narrative, if you will, in music.
Despite his rapidly declining health, Allman and his crack touring band had time booked at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and over a nine-day span in March 2016, recorded the album. … While Allman had originally planned on recording additional originals for the release, his condition prevented that and there were days, according to some of the musicians on the sessions, that Allman was only able to work for four hours at a time. In some cases, the band would lay tracks down and Allman would later add vocals to the lineup of interesting covers penned by Bob Dylan (“Going, Going, Gone”), Tim Buckley (“Once I Was”), Willie Dixon (“I Love The Life I Lead”), Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (“Black Muddy River”), Lowell George (“Willin’”), Jackson Browne (“Song For Adam”), Jackie Avery (“Blind Bats and Swamp Rats”) and the great partnership of Alabamans Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn (“Out Of Left Field”).
The special will go further in depth on Allman’s final project, including interviews with Allman’s guitarist/music director Scott Sharrard, veteran sax player Art Edmaiston (who joined Allman’s band in 2015), Michael Lehman, and Allman’s lifelong best friend Hewell “Chank” Middleton. In addition, copies of Southern Blood will also be given away to listeners throughout the program.
The special four-hour Gregg Allman edition of Greasy Tracks with Chris Cowles airs this Saturday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. ET on 89.3 FM (local); streaming at www.wrtcfm.com.
For more information, head to WRTC’s website.
Tonight, Tuesday, March 13th, at New York City’s Irving Plaza, Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman) will lead a tribute to The Allman Brothers Band‘s iconic At Fillmore East along with guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman), frequent collaborator and guitarist Junior Mac, bassist Adam Minkoff (Dweezil Zappa), saxophonist Jay Collins (Gregg Allman), trumpeter Reggie Pittman, saxophonist Kris Jensen, drummer Tony Mason, bassist Brett Bass (Gregg Allman), and more. For more information about the two-set show, head here.