When Gregg Allman passed on May 27 of complications from liver cancer, he left behind the legacy of a more than half-century career and musical genre he helped to shape. He also left behind a parting gift – a new, full-length album to be released posthumously.
Due out September 8, Southern Blood pays homage to Allman’s Macon, Georgia roots. It was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Schoals, AL, the studio where brother Duane Allman got his start as a session musician and where he formed many of the relationships that lead to the formation of the Allman Brothers Band.
“There’s been a never-ending quest on Gregg’s part to stay connected to Duane,” says producer Don Was in a making-of video about the album. (Watch it below).
“We really tried to find songs that, if he didn’t write them, he could have written them,” Was continues.
Southern Blood features 10 tracks including the Bob Dylan-penned “Going Going Gone,” “Song for Adam”, written by and featuring Jackson Browne, and the album’s first single, “My Only True Friend.”
Hear “My Only True Friend,” co-written by Allman and Allman’s guitarist and musical director, Scott Sharrard, here:
Southern Blood is available for pre-order from greggallman.com now.
Southern Blood Tracklist:
1. My Only True Friend
2. Once I Was
3. Going Going Gone
4. Black Muddy River
5. I Love the Life I Live
7. Blind Bats and Swamp Rats
8. Out of Left Field
9. Love Like Kerosene
10. Song for Adam featuring Jackson Browne
Making-of Southern Blood: