Aug 9, 2017 • 12:00 pm PDT
A lyric video for Gregg’s “My Only True Friend” has been released:
The final studio album recorded by late legendary musician Gregg Allman will be issued by Rounder Records on September 8. Entitled Southern Blood, the posthumous album was recorded prior to The Allman Brothers Band co-founding member’s death at age 69 earlier this year.
Acclaimed producer Don Was and Gregg’s manager and friend Michael Lehman worked with Allman at the renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record the 10 songs on the follow-up to 2011’s Low Country Blues. Featuring the Gregg Allman Band, songs on the new LP were penned by the likes of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon, Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley, Scott Sharrard, Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn and others. According to a statement, Allman, Was and Lehman carefully selected the songs which were “meant to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.”
“As his producer, I was dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape,” said Was. “He was a musical hero of mine and, in later years, had become a good friend. The gravitas of this particular situation was not lost on me. Gregg was a sweet, humble man with a good heart and good intentions and it was a great honor to help him put his musical affairs in order and say a proper farewell.”
“Gregg was very excited to be in the studio,” said Lehman. “He was especially thrilled to be recording this studio album with his solo band – he was so proud of them and loved the sound that they produced together. Gregg felt close to every single one of them. The Gregg Allman Band was like a family or a well oiled machine, always knowing what the other band members were thinking and doing.”
“Muscle Shoals is hallowed musical ground,” added Was. “FAME was the place where Gregg’s brother Duane first started making waves in the music world and where the earliest seeds of The Allman Brothers Band were sown in a back room during their first, seminal rehearsals. Duane’s presence is still ubiquitous in that building. Recording there was Gregg’s way of making his spirit a part of this album, in the same way that his spirit continued to be part of Gregg’s life.”
Allman died in May after years of dealing with a series of health issues. Pre-orders for Southern Blood, which is offered in a variety of packages and bundles (some including the DVD of Back to the Swamp: The Making of Southern Blood), are available via this link.
NPR Music premiered the Southern Blood lead single “My Only True Friend” which Allman wrote with his band’s musical director Scott Sharrard. Stream the new track below:
Southern Blood Tracklist
- My Only True Friend (Gregg Allman-Scott Sharrard)
- Once I Was (Tim Buckley-Larry Beckett)
- Going Going Gone (Bob Dylan)
- Black Muddy River (Jerome J. Garcia-Robert C. Hunter)
- I Love the Life I Live (Willie Dixon)
- Willin’ (Lowell George)
- Blind Bats and Swamp Rats (Jack Avery)
- Out of Left Field (Dewey Lindon Oldham Jr.-Dan Penn)
- Love Like Kerosene (Scot Sharrard)
- Song for Adam featuring Jackson Browne (Jackson Browne)
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