BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
Gregg Allman’s swan song made some noise on several Billboard charts.
“Southern Blood,” the final recording by the Allman Brothers legend, who died on May 27, arrived Sept. 8 and has debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200.
The album, which features original work along with covers of songs by Jerry Garcia, Jackson Browne and Bob Dylan, also landed at No. 2 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart, No. 3 on the Rock Albums chart and No. 5 on the Top Current Albums chart.
“Southern Blood” was released in several incarnations, including digital download, standard and deluxe CD, limited edition vinyl and vinyl test presses.
Longtime Allman acquaintance Don Was produced the record and told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a recent interview, “Despite the heavy overtones, we actually had a great time; there was a lot of fun and lot of laughing. The whole thing about it is bittersweet. It’s sweet that he got to complete this farewell statement to his satisfaction. He told me he felt we had exceeded his expectations.”
“Southern Blood” marked Allman’s first release since his 2011 Grammy-nominated “Low Country Blues.”
Listen to “Southern Blood” here: