Southern Blood, the final studio album from The Allman Brothers Band legend Gregg Allman has been scheduled for release on 8 September 2017. The album was still in production when Allman died of liver cancer at the age of 69 on 27 May this year.
Released through Rounder Records, Southern Blood will also be available through Allman’s website GreggAllman.com. It will come in at least a half-dozen configurations, which include a standard CD and a deluxe CD with two extra tracks and a bonus DVD. In addition, there will be a limited edition first-run LP on coloured vinyl with an exclusive lithograph, and various other packages that include T-shirts and other merchandise.
Completists will also be keen to snap up a copy of a limited-edition, numbered and double-sided picture disc. This will only be offered through select local record stores, or for fans pre-ordering Southern Blood on Allman’s website.
Southern Blood, produced by studio great Don Was, features Allman performing songs from familiar friends, past collaborators and music legends, including Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon, Tim Buckley, Jerry Garcia, and Jackson Browne. The latter is featured on the album’s closing track, ‘Song for Adam’, which Browne also wrote. Gregg Allman himself co-wrote the album’s opener, ‘My Only True Friend’, with Scott Sharrard, lead guitarist and musical director for the Gregg Allman Band for the last nine years.
Southern Blood’s complete track listing is as follows, with writing credits in brackets:
‘My Only True Friend’ (Gregg Allman/Scott Sharrard)
‘Once I Was’ (Tim Buckley-Larry Beckett)
‘Going Gone’ (Bob Dylan)
‘Black Muddy River’ (Jerome J. Garcia/Robert C. Hunter)
‘I Love the Life I Live’ (Willie Dixon)
‘Willin’ (Lowell George)
‘Blind Bats and Swamp Rats’ (Jack Avery)
‘Out of Left Field’ (Dewey Lindon Oldham Jr./Dan Penn)
‘Love Like Kerosene’ (Scott Sharrard)
‘Song for Adam’ (featuring Jackson Browne) (Jackson Browne)
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