Watch Gregg Allman’s New Lyric Video for ‘My Only True Friend’
You can watch the clip above.
Allman completed the album, which will be released on Sept. 8, in the weeks leading up to his death in May at the age of 69, following a series of health setbacks. He continued to lead a successful career since the death of his brother Duane in a motorcycle accident nearly ended the Allman Brothers Band in 1971.
Producer Don Was said “‘My Only True Friend’ was Allman's "attempt to contextualize the course of his life. 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," Was continued. "If you understand this about Gregg Allman, every other aspect of his life makes complete sense.”
Was said he was "dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape. 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.”
Southern Blood features songs written by a selection of Allman’s collaborators over the years, including Jerry Garcia, Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon and Lowell George. The album is available for pre-order now.
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