Rounder Records has announced a series of special events celebrating Southern Blood, the final album from the legendary Gregg Allman. Billed as Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman, Los Angeles will host the first event, to be held Sept. 7 at The GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater. The event will see Devon Allman, longtime friend and manager Michael Lehman, Gregg Allman Band guitarist/musical director Scott Sharrard, and Southern Blood producer Don Was joining GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman to pay homage to Allman with an exceptional evening of stories, memories, and incredible music.
On Sept. 9, Allman will be posthumously honored with the key to his beloved hometown of Macon, GA by Mayor Robert Reichert, in a celebration declaring Dec. 8 (Allman’s birthday) to be known as “Gregg Allman Day.” A commemorative celebration will then be held at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House (2321 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA 31204). In addition, that same evening will see The Big House hosting a Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman event, featuring again Devon Allman, Lehman, Sharrard in addition to Allman’s closest friend Chank Middleton joined by Chuck Reece, Editor-in-Chief of The Bitter Southerner.
The third and final Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman event will be presented at the 18th annual AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, set for Sept. 15 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville, TN. The event will again feature Devon Allman and Lehman, who will share the stage with musicians Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, Pony Bradshaw, and John Paul White, once again joined by Goldman.
American Express pre-sale ticketing began Aug. 10 for the Los Angeles event; all remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Thursday, Aug. 17 at noon. For more information, visit grammymuseum.org.
Southern Blood hits shelves Friday, Sept. 8, including the new original song, “My Only True Friend,” written by Allman with Sharrard. The track premiered earlier this summer exclusively via NPR Music.
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