Gregg Allman Tribute Events Being Planned for Final Album, Southern Blood
Friends, family, and musical associates of Gregg Allman plan to honor the late singer with a trio of live celebrations to be staged in three of Allman’s favorite U.S. cities. Timed to coincide roughly with the September 8 release of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s final album, Southern Blood, the events will take place in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Macon, Georgia.
First up will be the L.A. event, slated for September 7 at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater. Participants will include Allman’s son, Devon Allman; manager and friend Michael Lehman; Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrard; producer Don Was; and Grammy Museum executive director Scott Goldman. Each will take the stage to share music and stories.
Next comes the Macon celebration, scheduled for September 9 at the Allman Brothers Band Museum. As part of the festivities, Macon mayor Robert Reichert will declare Allman’s birthday, December 8, “Gregg Allman Day,” and will honor the singer posthumously with a key to the city. The event will also feature Devon Allman, Lehman, and Sharrard – along with Allman’s friend Chank Middleton and “The Bitter Southerner” editor-in-chief, Chuck Reese.
Lastly, the 18th annual “Americanafest: The Americana Music Festival & Conference” will pay tribute to Allman with a September 15 celebration. The event, slated to take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville, will feature Devon Allman, Lehman, Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, Pony Bradshaw and John Paul White.
As reported previously, Rounder Records recently previewed Southern Blood by issuing a stream of “My Only True Friend,” a song co-written by Allman and Sharrard. You can listen to the track below.