Gregg Allman, the co-founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and classic rock guitar icon may have left this world earlier this spring, but his musical spirit will live on with his final album, which set for release this fall. Announced on Wednesday, Allman’s final studio effort titled, Southern Blood, will be released on Sept. 8 via Rounder Records.
The album’s lead single, “My Only True Friend,” also premiered on Wednesday, and can be heard via the SoundCloud stream below.
The upcoming LP will feature Gregg’s first set of new, original songs since 2011’s Low Country Blues, and will be only his third solo album since 1997. In addition to his own written material, the album will also include covers of songs originally penned by Allman’s classic rock colleagues including Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Jerry Garcia to name a few. According to Wednesday’s announcement, the guitarist had spent the last two years of his life working on what will be his final studio effort alongside Rolling Stones and John Mayer producer, Don Was.
“‘My Only True Friend' was Gregg's attempt to contextualize the course of his life,” Was said about the new track in a statement. “The man that his fans saw performing onstage was the essential Gregg Allman -- he was whole and truly satisfied when he was up there playing music. The trials and troubles he faced in life were mostly the result of not knowing what to do with himself in between shows.”
Always the true performer, Allman was scheduled to tour throughout the early months of 2017 before his health forced him to cancel his U.S. dates. He passed away on May 27.