While maintaining a busy schedule with The Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman says he is planning a new solo album and may begin recording it before the end of the year.
The project would follow-up 2011’s “Low Country Blues”, his first solo release in 14 years. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, it was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album, and reached #5 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Blues Albums charts.
“I had a date to do it with [Burnett] in May,” Allman tells American Blues Scene. “We weren’t gonna do blues though. Anyways, I call him and talked to him about postponing it ’til September and looks like the 9th month is too much touring, so… November?”
Gregg has a specific focus in mind for the album.
“What I always wanted to do …I always wanted to do a record merely called ’All Compositions By…’ and just have my name,” he explains. “I’d like to do a record where I wrote every one. It’s probably a goal of every songwriter in the world. Do one record that you totally create. I mean, you have hundreds if you needed it, different players with you — but you write it all!”
After all these years, the task of songwriting remains a mystery to the music legend.
“If I try to do it… it’s kind of like, you know, the donkey and the carrot,” he says. “Something has to spark your interest. Could be, sometimes I just hear a rhyme in my head, you know? Where it comes from I don’t have the slightest idea. I could imagine they’re god-given.”
“I do believe in my heart that the song’s gonna come out… it’s like anything else: you get out of it what you put into it, I guess,” he ponders. “Some of them just come like gangbusters. Like ‘Midnight Rider’, less than an hour. And I never went back and changed one word. Just, bam bam. Showed it to the band the next day and boom. It’s done.”
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