''Southern Blood'', Allman's posthumous paean to his life and music to be released in September. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. So close to death was blues rocker Gregg Allman when he was making his final album, the cover photographer did not get to his Savannah, Georgia, house in time. Instead, "Southern Blood", Allman's posthumous paean to his life and music to be released in September, is adorned with a sepia shot of the grounds, a wooden boardwalk heading away under the shade of Spanish Moss. There probably could not be a more appropriate symbol for Allman, who died from cancer in May, aged 69. From the early days with his late brother Duane onwards, Tennessee-born Allman was the epitome of Southern rock and blues. "Southern Blood" is not about the South per se - for that, skip back an album to the 2011 Grammy-nominated "Low Country Blues". This one is about Allman. For his last hurrah, Allman chose a number of songs written by friends and favourite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia and Lowell George. "Southern Blood" is released on September 8.