Derek Trucks Names Favorite Allman Brothers Band Songs In Memory Of Duane Allman
Derek Trucks has named his favorite Allman Brothers Band songs in loving memory of lead guitarist Duane Allman, who died at age 24 in a motorcycle accident 40 years ago last month. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Trucks is clear about his passion for the Allman Brothers Band (a group he's been a part of since 1999) and his utmost respect for Duane.
"Jumping into these records reminds me of the way I felt when I heard them as a kid," says Trucks. "I also hear them differently now. I respect the nuances and subtleties more. And the seed is still there. The fact that these guys are in their early 60s now, playing three hours a night and there's blood on the snare drum -- you gotta respect that."
Trucks' insight into these tracks are unique because he's out there, on the road, playing them. When talking about 'In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,' he mentions that though he loves the "beautiful instrumental" studio version, this is one of the tunes he finds most fun to play live.
He calls 'Don't Keep Me Wonderin' a "funky track from a blues band that did so much more. It's Chicago blues with acid, some grits and cornbread," and he favors the live version of 'Whipping Post,' claiming it's "unhinged."
At the end of each Allman Brothers Band live performance, 'Little Martha' is played over the PA as a tribute to Duane. "That's Duane's tune, one of the few he wrote. It's a beautiful way to go out," says Trucks.
Derek Trucks Selects These Allman Brothers Favorites:
1. 'Statesboro Blues' from 'Live At The Fillmore East' (1971)
2. 'In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed' from 'Idlewild South' (1970)
3. 'Stand Back' from 'Eat A Peach' (1972)
4. 'Dreams' from 'The Allman Brothers Band' (1969)
5. 'Blue Sky'from 'Eat A Peach' (1972)
6. 'Don't Keep Me Wonderin'' from 'Idlewild South' (1970)
7. 'Jessica' from 'Brothers And Sisters' (1973)
8. 'Please Call Home' from 'Idlewild South' (1970)
9. 'Whipping Post' from 'The Allman Brothers Band' (1969)
10. 'Ain't Wastin' Time No More' from 'Eat A Peach' (1972)
11. 'Little Martha' from 'Eat A Peach' (1972)