A release date has been set for Gregg Allman’s posthumous final studio album. Southern Blood will be available at retailers everywhere on Friday, September 8th via Rounder Records. The album is available for pre-order now, in vinyl and CD formats, at greggallman.com, in various package combinations that include live picture discs, T-shirts, posters and other tie-in items.
Produced by Don Was and recorded with Allman’s last touring band, Southern Blood is uniquely personal, comprised primarily of renditions of cherished songs by many of Allman’s musical friends and peers, including Jackson Browne (who guests on “Song for Adam”), Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley. The album opens with a brand new original by Gregg and his guitarist Scott Sharrard, “My Only True Friend,” which Was describes as “Gregg’s attempt to contextualize the course of his life.”
Fulfilling a longtime goal of Allman’s, the album was recorded at the storied FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “Muscle Shoals is hallowed musical ground,” notes 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.
“Gregg was thrilled that the sound in his head was manifesting itself on the tape,” Was continues. “He didn’t have all the lungpower of his younger self, but we felt that these raw, weathered performances were honest and compelling. We all agreed to leave them as they were on the day they were recorded… Even though I’d known Gregg for a while, I was still blown away to be there with him and to witness his genius up close. I can still remember being swept away by his performances. He was so deeply engaged with the music! Working closely with him reinforced and further enhanced my view that Gregg Allman was one of the greatest artists of this or any time.”