"Little Martha" was the only Allman Brothers Band track written solely by group leader and partial namesake Duane Allman. The tune first appeared on the final studio track on the Allman Brothers Band's fourth album, Eat a Peach, released in 1972. The track was recorded in October 1971, a few weeks before Duane Allman's death in a motorcycle accident.
Allman's original recording of the song is a bouncy fingerstyle acoustic guitar instrumental duet with minimal accompaniment. Allman and bandmate Dickey Betts played the tune on 6-string guitars using open Eb tuning. The song's simple melody and rhythmic counterpoint quickly made it a favorite among fans; acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke, who often covered the song in performance, once called it "the most perfect guitar song ever written."
Was Duane Allman good?
Without a doubt. His rocording of "Little Martha"bon the album "Eat a Peach" was a masterpiece.
Dickey Betts was no slouch either. One of my favorite songs of all time is "Blue Sky" on the same album.
Duane took the first lead and halfway through the song Dickey Betts took the second lead.
Both amazing musicians.
Duane died in a motorcycle accident a few weeks after these recordings. I don't know if he could have
improved over time though. Let's be grateful for his magic while he lasted. It is imcomparable.
Too bad his guitar greatness overshowdoed his equally great partner throughout his life, Gregg Allman, his older brother
who heard Duane start to play and realized he was just as gifted.
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