BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
Gregg Allman’s legacy will be solidified with his final recording, “Southern Blood,” out Sept. 8.
The 10-track album, produced by Don Was and recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, includes material written by some of Allman’s friends and favorite artists, including Bob Dylan (“Going Going Gone”), Lowell George (“Willin’”) and Jackson Browne (“Song for Adam,” which includes Browne on vocals).
Allman co-wrote the first song on the album, the candid “My Only True Friend,” with musical director Scott Sharrard.
“Southern Blood” will be available as a standard CD, a deluxe CD with two extra tracks and a bonus DVD and a limited edition first-run LP featuring heavyweight vinyl and an exclusive lithograph.
A double-sided vinyl picture disc, available Aug. 4 at local record stores and with album pre-orders at www.greggallman.com, will include a stunning painting of Allman by visual artist Vincent Castiglia. The singer’s blood was mixed in the paint used for the art, which also inspired the album’s title.
Allman died May 27 at the age of 69 at his home in Savannah after battling liver cancer. He is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, next to his brother Duane and fellow Allman Brothers Band member Berry Oakley.