This week, details of the forthcoming final Gregg Allman solo album, Southern Blood, were revealed confirming the inclusion of a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River.” Allman, who passed away at the age of 69 earlier this year, had a long history with the Grateful Dead and Sunday Cinema today looks back at a The Allman Brothers Band show featuring a pair of original Dead members sitting-in.
Several years in the making, Allman recorded Southern Blood with producer Don Was and Gregg’s manager and friend Michael Lehman. The trio carefully chose the 10 songs that make up the album featuring the Gregg Allman Band, which is “meant to serve as a salutary farewell to [Allman’s] legion of devoted fans and admirers.”
Gregg and the Dead crossed paths many times during their careers, with Allman joining the group on stage on multiple occasions dating back to 1970. While performing with The Allman Brothers Band on the final night of their 2009 Beacon Theatre residency, Gregg again shared the live stage with members of the Grateful Dead. Bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir sat-in on second set opening takes on Dead staples “Sugaree” and “I Know You Rider” and keyboardist Chuck Leavell also emerged for the regular ABB cover and GD original “Franklin’s Tower.”
Revisit the collaborative “Sugaree” in the footage captured by InnovAsianTravel and presented in the video:
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