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GREGG ALLMAN’S LAID BACK FESTIVAL
KICKS OFF SUMMER SEASON THIS WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE
ALL-STAR CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN MUSIC & FOOD BEGINS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 25 TH AT NASHVILLE’S
CARL BLACK CHEVY WOODS AMPHITHEATER AT FONTANEL
SCRUMPTIOUS SELECTION OF LOCAL FOOD AND BEVERAGES ON OFFER,
INCLUDING TN’S BEST FOOD TRUCKS, BREWERIES, AND VENDORS
LAID BACK NASHVILLE LINEUP INCLUDES ALLMAN, SHOVELS & ROPE,
BROTHERS OSBORNE, GABRIEL KELLEY, CLARE DUNN, AND MORE
ONE-DAY TRAVELING EVENT HEADLINED AND CURATED BY ALLMAN
SET TO ROCK FIVE CITIES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
(Nashville, TN) Gregg Allman is proud to reveal the mouth-watering roster of food and beverage vendors joining him at this weekend’s upcoming Laid Back Festival in Nashville, TN. Set for Saturday, June 25th, at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel, Laid Back boasts a stellar lineup featuring Allman, Shovels & Rope, Brothers Osborne, Gabriel Kelley, Clare Dunn, Andrea Davidson, Levon, and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band.
Named after Allman’s classic 1973 solo debut, the inaugural Laid Back Festival was held last summer at Wantagh, NY’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, presented in partnership by Allman, longtime manager Michael Lehman, and Live Nation. The 2016 Laid Back Festival will once again feature an eclectic range of artists performing on two distinctive stages, the main “Laid Back” stage and more intimate “Low Country” stage. The latter – which takes its name from Allman’s 2011 solo masterpiece, LOW COUNTRY BLUES – will serve as a special showcase for rising local artists and musicians. Much more than just a concert, the Nashville Laid Back Festival will also celebrate the Volunteer State’s diverse and delicious food and drink, with more than 20 local restaurants, food trucks, breweries, wineries, and other artisans represented (see attached vendor list).
Now boasting an expanded itinerary, the 2016 Laid Back Festival is an extraordinary one-day event visiting five American cities throughout the summer. The traveling musical caravan is headlined and curated by the legendary Allman, alongside an all-star lineup that includes ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, Blackberry Smoke, Jason Isbell, America, Marshall Tucker Band, Shovels & Rope, Brothers Osborne, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Gabriel Kelley, and many more. The Laid Back Festival’s 2016 season begins this Saturday, June 25th at Nashville, TN’s Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel and then makes stops at Chicago. IL’s FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (Saturday, July 16th), Wantagh, NY’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (Saturday, July 23rd), Morrison, CO’s world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Sunday, September 25th), and Atlanta, GA’s Lakewood Amphitheatre (rescheduled for Saturday, October 29th). All dates will feature an extensive range of local food trucks, breweries, and vendors representing the best each region has to offer. A complete artist and vendor lineup for the 2016 Laid Back Festival in Nashville is below.
SATURDAY JUNE 25th – Nashville, TNCarl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel
LOW COUNTRY STAGE
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band
LAID BACK STAGE
Shovels & Rope
Slow N Low
Natchez Hills Winery Tasting Room
DOORS OPEN 3:00 PM
Tickets for the 2016 Laid Back Festival are on sale now. An array of unique VIP packages is also on offer. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.laidbackfestival.com.
2015’s premiere Laid Back Festival proved an indisputable success, with New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press declaring it “a crowd-pleasing blend of classic rock along with food and spirits.” The event – which saw timeless performances from Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, and more – was hailed as a crucial new milestone on the increasingly busy summer concert schedule. “Laid Back filled a void left by the Allman Brothers Band,” wrote Relix, “who played Jones Beach most summers from their late-career comeback through 2013.”
Gregg Allman has also slated a wide range of headline dates throughout the summer, as well as top billed appearances at a number of major music festivals. Highlights include a series of July double bills with Peter Frampton, a September co-headline tour with ZZ Top, and eagerly awaited sets at Floyd, VA’s Floyd Fest (Saturday, July 30th) and The Peach Music Festival at Scranton, PA’s Montage Mountain (August 11th). The latter event will see two unique performances from Allman, first with his own Gregg Allman Band followed by a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with The String Cheese Incident as “The Gregg Allman Incident.” A complete itinerary is below. For updates and ticket information, please see greggallman.com/tour.
22 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
24 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre **
25 – Nashville, TN – Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel *
26 – Memphis, TN – Botanical Gardens
28 – Elkhart, IN – Lerner Theater
29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Meijer Gardens
1 – Rochester, NY – Rochester Int’l Jazz Festival ##
15 – St. Louis, MO – River City Casino & Hotel
16 – Chicago, IL – First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *
18 – Interlochen, MI – Interlochen Center For The Arts @
19 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion @
20 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @
22 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater @
23 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater *
26 – Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre @
27 – Greenville, SC – Peace Concert Hall
29 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
30 – Floyd, VA – Floyd Fest ##
11 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival ##
16 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at the Heights #
17 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre #
20 – Sparta, WI – Fort McCoy Army Base #
21 – Springfield, IL – Illinois State Fair #
23 – Darien, NY – Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center #
24 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center #
26 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Resort #
27 – Essex Junction, VT – Champlain Valley Expo #
28 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #
31 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre #
1 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center #
3 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater #
16-18 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO Del Mar ##
17 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino ##
23 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill
24 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Casino #
25 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
27 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
28 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
30 – Murphys, CA – Ironstone Amphitheater #
1- Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery #
2 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery #
4 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre Napa
6 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre #
7 – Las Vegas, NV – The Palms Resort & Casino #
29 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre *
* Laid Back Music Festival
@ w/Peter Frampton
# w/ZZ Top
## Festival Appearance
** w/Jaimoe’s Jassz Band
GREGG ALLMAN ANNOUNCES WINTER TOUR
LEGENDARY ROCKER AND HIS BAND SET LIVE DATES THROUGH JANUARY 2017,
INCLUDING TWO-NIGHT NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION IN SAVANNAH, GA
SOUTHERN SCHEDULE WRAPS WITH TWO-NIGHT HOMECOMING
AT MACON, GA’S GRAND OPERA HOUSE ON JANUARY 17TH AND 18TH
SECOND ANNUAL CITY WINERY RESIDENCY BEGINS THIS WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY
INTIMATE 10-SHOW CLUB RUN GETS UNDERWAY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH
(New York, NY) Gregg Allman has announced a major series of U.S. live dates set to begin December 30th and 31st with a pair of New Year’s Eve celebrations at Savannah, GA’s Lucas Theatre For The Arts. Allman and his full eight-man band will then travel the American South through January 2017, culminating in a very special two-night stand at The Grand Opera House in the legendary rocker’s beloved Macon, GA on January 17th and 18th. A complete itinerary is below. For complete details and ticket information, please see greggallman.com/tour.
Allman will be accompanied throughout the tour by his always-extraordinary band, comprising Scott Sharrard (guitar), Peter Levin (keyboards), Steve Potts (drums), Brett Bass (bass), Jay Collins and Art Edmaiston (saxophone), Marc Franklin (trumpet), and longtime Allman Brothers Band member Marc Quinones (percussion). The tour follows Allman and his band’s hugely anticipated 10-night club residency at New York’s City Winery, slated to get underway Sunday, November 6th. The rare intimate run marks Allman’s long-awaited return to City Winery following last year’s sold out club residency. Limited seated and standing room tickets are available now via citywinery.com.
“I love coming to New York and staying a while,” says Allman of the City Winery run. “It feels natural.”
Allman’s jam-packed live schedule continues what has been an extraordinarily eventful year, one that began with sold out winter and spring tours and later saw his Laid Back Festival expand to five American cities after the unprecedented success of 2015’s inaugural single event. Laid Back festival dates for 2017 will be announced soon.
While Allman is in New York, the famed Morrison Hotel Gallery will open an exhibit of Patricia O’Driscoll’s photography of Gregg over the past several years. The exhibit will run from November 10 – November 27, 2016.
6 – New York, NY – City Winery
7 – New York, NY – City Winery
9 – New York, NY – City Winery
10 – New York, NY – City Winery
11 – New York, NY – City Winery
13 – New York, NY – City Winery
14 – New York, NY – City Winery
16 – New York, NY – City Winery
17 – New York, NY – City Winery
18 – New York, NY – City Winery
30 – Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre For The Arts
31 – Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre For The Arts
3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
4 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
6 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Casino
7 – Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget Lake Charles
10 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
11 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
13 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino
14 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
17 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House
18 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House
20 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House
21 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House
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About GREGG ALLMAN:
Gregg Allman is truly among rock and roll’s greatest and most influential artists, his soul-fired and still utterly distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in all of American music. From his founding role in the one and only Allman Brothers Band to his long and storied solo career, Allman has consistently proven himself to be an iconic singer/songwriter and exceptional practitioner of the American blues tradition, both aspects masterfully represented on 2011’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, LOW COUNTRY BLUES. Allman has accrued a remarkable list of honors over his five decade career, including the ABB’s 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Allman detailed his brilliant career in 2012’s acclaimed memoir, My Cross To Bear. Now available in both hardcover and paperback, the New York Times best seller chronicles a truly astonishing life and creative journey, all informed by the wisdom and hindsight of Allman today. Allman is currently completing work on a new solo album, tentatively slated for release in 2017. For more, please visit www.greggallman.com.
GRiZ ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR 2017
U.S. TOUR CONTINUES THIS WEEK
GOOD WILL PREVAIL OUT NOW ON ALL GOOD RECORDS
“If you’re looking for a good time, call GRiZ.” – Consequence of Sound
“Michigan producer GRiZ’s saxophone is like a sonic scepter,
coloring many a soundscape with a jazzy luster.” – Impose Magazine
|Future-funk musician and gifted saxophonist GRiZ is excited to announce a run of European tour dates for early 2017 behind this year’s Good Will Prevail. The European dates, which come after his current U.S. tour, begin on February 1 in Milan, IT at Circolo Magnolia, and will take him through Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK before concluding on February 18 in Sélestat, FR at Les Tanzmatten. The full list of both U.S. and European tour dates can be found below.
Good Will Prevail debuted as the #2 Dance/Electronic album on the Billboard charts and #4 on their Heatseekers chart, while reaching #86 on their Top 200 album chart. The album was the #1 electronic album on iTunes upon its release, and reached #12 storewide. It was also the #1 electronic album on Amazon upon its release.
Good Will Prevail received a great deal of advance praise, from Consequence of Sound noting that “Can’t Hold Me Down (ft. Tash Neal of The London Souls)” “has everything you could possibly want from a party jam: a ridiculously catchy garage-rock riff, arena-size percussion, and a chorus that begs to be played at top volume;” Billboard praising “PS GFY (ft. Cherub)” for its “beautiful blend of bright horns, up-stroke guitar, and tons of funky bass;” and Pigeons And Planes calling “Gotta Push On (ft. Brasstracks & Eric Krasno)” a “lively single that layers jazz, funk, and soul over an electronic rhythm.”
GRiZ has been reinventing and deconstructing contemporary electronic dance music in his own image for more than half a decade, fusing elements of funk, soul, dance, electronica and hip-hop with his own lush saxmanship.
Now, with the new Good Will Prevail, the Detroit-born, Denver-based DJ, producer and saxophonist has forged his most prophetic and explorative work thus far, expertly uniting the electric with the organic on singles like “Before I Go (Ft. Leo Napier)” and the smash, “Good Times Roll (Ft. Big Gigantic),” that made it not only onto the Good Will Prevail tracklist, but also into Apple Watch‘s popular “Surprise” TV spot. GRiZ has crafted a genuinely crowd-pleasing, groundbreaking set of future funk all his own, pulling back on EDM’s expected synthetics to showcase his unique artistry’s deepest human elements.
Born Grant Kwiecinski, GRiZ grew up in thrall to nearby Detroit’s long lineage of musical innovation, spanning funk, soul, dub, rock ‘n’ roll, and electronic dance music. He began playing alto sax in elementary school, but soon expanded his personal toolkit to include creative studio manipulation and house rockin’ DJ sets. 2011 saw the release of GRiZ’s debut album, End Of The World Party, followed in 2012 by Mad Liberation and 2013’s Rebel Era, each notable for their increasingly inventive brand of high-energy future funk. Further releases include mixtapes and a series of spectacular singles – including “A Fine Way To Die (Feat. Orlando Napier)” – that all claimed the coveted #1 spot on Hype Machine’s pivotal Popular chart.
GRiZ began work on Good Will Prevail immediately upon completing his chart-topping 2015 breakthrough Say It Loud, continuing to tinker with it all the way through the Uber ride to the mastering session.
Like its predecessor – a #1 success on the iTunes Store’s “Top Electronic Albums” chart despite also being available for free download via BitTorrent – Good Will Prevail was written during a period of intense touring. GRiZ and his crew recorded on the move in studios across the country, from his Colorado bedroom to a house overlooking the Hollywood Hills, from Detroit’s famed Tempermill Studios to a patio in Northern Michigan, live onstage at Detroit’s Masonic Temple to half a dozen stops in New Orleans.
An inveterate collaborator, GRiZ is joined on Good Will Prevail by a number of stellar featured guests, including Cory Enemy, Sunsquabi, Artifakts, and Cherub. GRiZ’s insatiable passion for blues and roots music is represented by partnerships with soul shouter/pianist Leo Napier (on the fiery first single, “Before I Go“), R&B singer/guitarist Son Little (“Driftin‘”) and GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Eric Krasno (album opener “Wicked” and “Gotta Push On,” which also features Brasstracks).
Good Will Prevail is indeed fit to burst with visionary production and new-fashioned sonic approaches. Throughout the album, GRiZ focuses on the core musicality of his distinctly original line of attack, favoring complex chord patterns over the minor blues scale featured in so much modern EDM.
The multi-talented DJ/artist has proven one of the most popular live acts in recent memory, blowing away sold out houses at top venues in major markets across America as well as festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Shambhala, HARD Los Angeles, Holy Ship!!!, and Electric Zoo, Moonrise Festival, Summer Meltdown, and Dancefestopia 2016.
While his “mom’s proudest moment” is the recent debut of Native Roots and RootCellar Genetics’ spectacular GRiZ Kush cannabis strain, the man himself is markedly gratified by the continued love and effort of his fervent street team and fan community, The Liberators. For GRiZ, the interpersonal creativity and artistic interactivity which drives Good Will Prevail extends from his fellow musicians all the way out to the last rows on his ever-growing audience.
Remarkable in its range, striking in its immediacy, Good Will Prevail furthers GRiZ’s breakneck ascent to that next level, pushing the limits of his own original sound while also renovating notions of what a multi-platform, genre-blurring artist can be in the modern era. In the short term, this most contemporary of musicians intends to simply continue on his current path, expanding his musical knowledge and creative range, always forcing the funk forward. One thing is certain: GRiZ will prevail.
GRiZ tour dates:
11/17 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO %
11/19 – Myth – St. Paul, MN %
11/22 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA %
11/26 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA $
12/16-17 – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI
12/31 – ExploreAshville.com Arena – Asheville, NC
2/1 – Circolo Magnolia – Milan, IT
2/2 – Sion – Port Franc, CH
2/3 – SAS – Delémont, CH
2/4 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
2/6 – Futurum – Prague, CZ
2/7 – Ampere – Munich, DE
2/8 – Molotow – Hamburg, DE
2/9 – Lido – Berlin, DE
2/11 – Club Banhof – Cologne, DE
2/15 – Trabendo – Paris, FR
2/16 – Heaven – London, UK
2/17 – Generiq Festival – Besançon, FR
2/18 – Les Tanzmatten – Sélestat, FR
% – w/Brasstracks
$ – w/Lettuce and more TBA
Good Will Prevail tracklist:
1. Wicked (ft. Eric Krasno)
3. My Friends and I (ft. Prob Cause)
4. I Don’t Mind (ft. SunSquabi, Artifakts & iDa Hawk)
6. Feelin’ Fine
8. What We’ve Become (ft. Cory Enemy & Nat Dunn)
9. If There Ever Comes A Day (ft. Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & Louis Futon)
10. Rather Be Free (ft. Muzzy Bearr)
13. Driftin’ (ft. Son Little)
ROUNDER TO RELEASE GREGG ALLMAN’S
FINAL STUDIO ALBUM, SOUTHERN BLOOD, SEPTEMBER 8TH
DON WAS-PRODUCED COLLECTION SERVES AS REMARKABLE FAREWELL
FOR GROUNDBREAKING ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER
LEGENDARY ARTIST’S LAST RECORDING FEATURES ONE ORIGINAL AND SONGS BY
BOB DYLAN, JACKSON BROWNE, JERRY GARCIA, WILLIE DIXON
NPR PREMIERES “MY ONLY TRUE FRIEND”
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW
LIMITED-EDITION NUMBERED DOUBLE-SIDED PICTURE DISC AVAILABLE AUGUST 4TH
(New York, NY) Rounder Records has announced the release date for Gregg Allman’s final studio album. SOUTHERN BLOOD arrives everywhere on Friday, September 8th. NPR premiered the album’s first song, “My Only True Friend” today.
SOUTHERN BLOOD will be available for pre-order beginning today July 26. A special and unique part of the deluxe package and the first run of the vinyl will be the inclusion of a painting that Allman and his daughter Layla commissioned from visual artist Vincent Castiglia. The beautiful portrait Castiglia painted was made with Gregg’s actual blood in the paint. The process served as inspiration for the album title. On August 4th, a limited edition numbered double-sided picture disc will be available at local record shops or with pre-orders of the album via greggallman.com.
SOUTHERN BLOOD serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades. Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, LOW COUNTRY BLUES, 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.
“As his producer, I was dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape,” says Was. “He was a musical hero of mine and, in later years, had become a good friend. The gravitas of this particular situation was not lost on me. Gregg was a sweet, humble man with a good heart and good intentions and it was a great honor to help him put his musical affairs in order and say a proper farewell.”
Allman, well aware his time was short, approached the project with an unambiguously realistic agenda. High atop his list of goals was to capture the sound of the ultimate Gregg Allman Band in full flight, considering them the tightest knit combo of all the line-ups that had backed him over his 40+ year solo career. Despite his ongoing health issues, the Gregg Allman Band had picked up right where the Allman Brothers Band left off in 2015, spending nearly two years on the road with tour highlights including the now-annual Allman-curated Laid Back Festival. 2015’s two disc CD/DVD set, BACK TO MACON GA, immortalized Allman and his eight-member band’s floor-shaking live power but their leader was determined to see what the group could do within the confines of the studio.
“Gregg was very excited to be in the studio,” says Lehman. “He was especially thrilled to be recording this studio album with his solo band – he was so proud of them and loved the sound that they produced together. Gregg felt close to every single one of them. The Gregg Allman Band was like a family or a well oiled machine, always knowing what the other band members were thinking and doing.”
“The Gregg Allman Band enabled him to realize a sound that he’d been hearing in his head for decades but was previously unable to achieve. We talked a lot about his first solo LP, LAID BACK – what would that type of album sound like in the modern era played by these cats and fronted by an older and wiser Gregg Allman?”
A further key to Allman’s vision for SOUTHERN BLOOD was his decision to record at the world-renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Alongside its own fabled history, the legendary studio occupied a momentous place in Allman’s personal back pages.
“A constant discussion during all of my nearly 15 years working with Gregg was his desire to return to Muscle Shoals,” Lehman says. “He always would talk about how he needed to get back to FAME Studios to bring him full circle.”
“Muscle Shoals is hallowed musical ground,” says Was. “FAME was the place where Gregg’s brother Duane first started making waves in the music world and where the earliest seeds of The Allman Brothers Band were sown in a back room during their first, seminal rehearsals. Duane’s presence is still ubiquitous in that building. Recording there was Gregg’s way of making his spirit a part of this album, in the same way that his spirit continued to be part of Gregg’s life.”
Brother Duane’s presence courses through SOUTHERN BLOOD, from Jackson Browne’s “Song For Adam” – the final verse of which Was says reminded Gregg of his older brother’s premature passing – to the funk-fried “Blind Bats and Swamp Rats,” originally found on the Duane-produced TON-TON MACOUTE!, a lost classic from left-handed blues guitarist Johnny Jenkins. Allman, Was, and Lehman spent significant time plotting out SOUTHERN BLOOD, carefully selecting material that would capture the moment and simultaneously serve as a synopsis of an undeniably extraordinary life. Songs like Bob Dylan’s haunting “Going, Going Gone” and Tim Buckley’s immortal “Once I Was” allowed Allman a chance to look back over his time on Earth while also pondering the journey that lay ahead.
“Gregg, Don and I listened to a lot of material,” Lehman says. “We went back and forth with each other to ultimately come up with songs that Gregg felt reflected his mood, where he was presently in life both on a personal level and professional level, as well as what would be on his fans’ minds later on.”
Allman was of course a gifted and evocative tunesmith in his own right, the award-winning author of such modern standards as “Midnight Rider,” “It’s Not My Cross To Bear,” “Dreams,” and “Whipping Post.” SOUTHERN BLOOD is highlighted by one of the most candid tracks of his long songwriting career, “My Only True Friend,” co-written with Gregg Allman Band guitarist/musical director Scott Sharrard.
“‘My Only True Friend’ was Gregg’s attempt to contextualize the course of his life,” says Was. “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. In this song, he’s addressing a woman and explaining that, although he loves her and doesn’t want to face living his life alone, being away on the road and performing every night is his lifeblood. If you understand this about Gregg Allman, every other aspect of his life makes complete sense.”
Sharrard – who also contributes his own show-stopping “Love Like Kerosene” – led the Gregg Allman Band through two weeks of recording, with all nine musicians playing together in the same room and Allman singing live vocals. Despite the undeniable “overtones of finality,” the sessions proved both relaxed and fun for all involved. Though Allman’s diminishing stamina caused the daily sessions to be shortened, he filled each moment in-studio with every ounce of signature Gregg fire and enthusiasm — an intensity that prevailed to the very last note.
“Gregg was not feeling great,” Lehman says, “but being a true professional, he gave it his all as usual. He hit the studio every day for about four or five hours and would typically nail one or two of the songs.”
“Gregg was thrilled that the sound in his head was manifesting itself on the tape,” Was says. “He didn’t have all the lungpower of his younger self, but we felt that these raw, weathered performances were honest and compelling. We all agreed to leave them as they were on the day they were recorded. In the spirit of LAID BACK, Gregg wanted to hear things like background harmony vocals and reverb on his voice but this album is essentially a documentary of our two weeks in the studio.
“Even though I’d known Gregg for a while, I was still blown away to be there with him and to witness his genius up close. I can still remember being swept away by his performances. He was so deeply engaged with the music! Working closely with him reinforced and further enhanced my view that Gregg Allman was one of the greatest artists of this or any time.”
Rich with emotional texture, historical connectivity, and purity of performance, SOUTHERN BLOOD would be a landmark Gregg Allman record under any circumstance, its powerful subject matter and passionate presentation as emblematic an expression of his distinctive art as any prior work in the Allman canon. Though his loss leaves a vast musical space that can never truly be filled, SOUTHERN BLOOD stands tall as a remarkable valedictory and memorial to a true giant of American music, now and forever.
About GREGG ALLMAN:
Gregg Allman was undoubtedly among rock and roll’s greatest and most significant artists, his soul-fired and still utterly distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in all of American music. From his founding role in the one and only Allman Brothers Band to his long and storied solo career, Allman consistently proved himself to be an iconic singer/songwriter and exceptional practitioner of the American blues tradition. Allman accrued a remarkable list of honors over his five decade career, including the ABB’s 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Allman detailed his brilliant career in 2012’s acclaimed memoir, My Cross To Bear. Now available in both hardcover and paperback, the New York Times bestseller chronicles an astonishing life and creative journey burdened by unimaginable loss, alcohol and drug addiction, told with clear-eyed wisdom and sharp hindsight.
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STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
1. My Only True Friend (Gregg Allman-Scott Sharrard)
2. Once I Was (Tim Buckley-Larry Beckett)
3. Going Going Gone (Bob Dylan)
4. Black Muddy River (Jerome J. Garcia-Robert C. Hunter)
5. I Love the Life I Live (Willie Dixon)
6. Willin’ (Lowell George)
7. Blind Bats and Swamp Rats (Jack Avery)
8. Out of Left Field (Dewey Lindon Oldham Jr.-Dan Penn)
9. Love Like Kerosene (Scot Sharrard)
10. Song for Adam featuring Jackson Browne (Jackson Browne)
Southern Blood is available in the following configurations:
*Deluxe CD with 2 extra tracks & bonus DVD
*Limited Edition First Run LP featuring hardwood colored
heavyweight vinyl and exclusive lithograph
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