In May, the world lost Gregg Allman, who passed away at the age of 69. After he died, it was announced that his in-progress solo album Southern Blood would be released in the coming months — and on Friday, that came to fruition.
The album was produced by the legendary Don Was and features recordings of songs held close to Allman’s heart. From the press release:
“…the album is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn,
meant to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Allman collaborated on his closing project with manager and dear friend Michael Lehman and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Don Was, a longtime acquaintance and staunch supporter committed to helping the rock icon actualize his very specific aspirations.”
Listening to it, Southern Blood serves as a poignant farewell from the iconic Allman, who for years helmed the Allman Brothers Band and firmly established his place in music history. Stream the album below, via Spotify:
And may Allman rest in peace.