Next week Rounder Records will issue Southern Blood, the final studio album recorded by recorded by late legendary musician Gregg Allman, who died earlier this year at the age of 69. NPR Music’s First Listen series has made the record available to stream in advance of its official release on Friday, September 8.
Allman worked on Southern Blood at the acclaimed FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where his late brother Duane had worked as a session guitarist in the 1960s. With the assistance of noted producer Don Was and Gregg’s manager and friend Michael Lehman, the Allman Brothers Band co-founding member was backed by the Gregg Allman Band on songs originally written and performed by the likes of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon, Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley and others. A previous statement indicated the songs were selected by Allman, “to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.”
The 10-track album includes the lead single and lone new original, “My Only True Friend,” which Allman wrote with his band’s musical director Scott Sharrard. Stream Southern Blood via NPR Music 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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