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article imageReview: Gregg Allman exceptional on farewell album 'Southern Blood' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 25, 2017 in Music
The farewell solo album of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman was released on September 8 on the record label Rounder Rounds.
Don Was served as the producer. The album opens with the mellow and bluesy lead single "My Only True Friend," which he co-wrote with his guitar player Scott Sharrard. It is followed by the haunting ballad "Once I Was," and a sultry rendition of Bob Dylan's "Going Going Gone."
His cover of the Grateful Dead's "Black Muddy River" is distinct and impressive. "I Love The Life I Live" is more nonchalant and laid-back. Equally moving is his version of "Willin'," where he tips his hat to the late Lowell George of the rock group Little Feat.
The CD closes with the upbeat, piano-driven tune "Love Like Kerosene" and "Song for Adam," which is a soothing collaboration with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne.
The Verdict
Overall, Southern Blood is recommended for any southern rock or Gregg Allman fan. The music doesn't get any more real, soulful or timeless than Gregg Allman. He sings with heart and conviction. Southern Blood deserves to be nominated for Grammy awards next year. This collection garners an A rating, and it is bound to be a classic someday.
Southern Blood is available on iTunes.
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