On May 27, the music world was in tears when founding Allman Brothers Band member Gregg Allman passed away. After learning that his liver cancer had resurfaced, Gregg used his limited time left to record a new album, titled Southern Blood.
The LP includes 10 studio tracks and two live performances from 2016. Featuring one original song ("My Only True Friend") and a guest appearance from Jackson Browne on "Song For Adam," the album was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and produced by longtime friend Don Was.
For his eighth, and ultimately final, studio album, Gregg chose songs that best reflected his life and career, including works from artists such as Tim Buckley, Bob Dylan, and Grateful Dead. Many of the tracks feature heartfelt lyrics and superb musicianship. "Once I Was" incorporates warm brass and gentle acoustic strumming to support Gregg's relaxed vocals. Slide guitar and beautiful backing vocals provide an uplifting vibe on "Going Going Gone," and Scott Sharrard's guitar riffs help turn "I Love The Life I Live" into a bluesy stomper.
Below you can check out a behind-the-scenes video of Gregg and Don Was in studio:
With the help of Gregg's touring backing band, Southern Blood comes alive with a variety of musical styles, from blues and country to soul, and is a fitting last work for a musician that will be greatly missed.
Songs we recommend are "My Only True Friend," "Black Muddy River," " I Love The Life I Live," "Out Of Left Field," and "Song For Adam."
Pick up Southern Blood on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above, via Spotify.
For more, check out the Gregg Allman Zumic artist page.