Listening to it, Southern Blood serves as a poignant farewell from the iconic Allman, who for years helmed the Allman Brothers Band and firmly established his place in music history.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, artist Vincent Castiglia used Allman’s blood as well as blood from the singer’s children for the portrait, based on a Neil Preston photograph.
The Southern Blood track list includes songs by some of Allman’s musical friends, past collaborators and heroes, including Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Little Feat’s Lowell George, Willie Dixon and Jackson Browne, the latter of whom contributes to a version of one of his own tunes, “Song for Adam“. “This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted, for two of the loveliest people I’ve had the opportunity to connect with in this life”.
Produced with tender care by Don Was, himself a studio legend, the album soars with arrangements built to spotlight Allman’s singing. Following the panel, Sharrard performed three cuts on solo acoustic from Southern Blood- “My Only True Friend“, “Love Like Kerosene”, and “Once I Was”, before Devon Allman joined him for “One Way Out”, and an event-closing “Melissa”. He did it, and almost a year later, the title Southern Blood popped into my head to tie it all together.