Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gregg Allman’s final album nominated for two Grammy Awards

Gregg Allman’s final studio album, “Southern Blood”, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Released in September – just four months after the singer passed away from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69 – the project is a finalist for “Best Americana Album” while the lead single, “My Only True Friend”, will compete for “Best American Roots Song” at the 60th annual event, set for January 28 in New York and broadcast live by the CBS television network.

In the “Best Americana Album” category, “Southern Blood” is nominated alongside records by Brent Cobb, Iron & Wine, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, and The Mavericks, while “My Only True Friend” by Allman and Scott Sharrard goes head-to-head as a songwriter’s honor against tracks performed by David Rawlings, The Mavericks, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, and Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White.

Produced by Don Was, “Southern Blood” presents a collection of songs written by Allman’s friends and favourite artists, including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn.

“As his producer, I was dedicated to helping Gregg crystallize his vision for the record and to help make sure that this vision made it to the tape,” says Was. “He was a musical hero of mine and, in later years, had become a good friend. The gravitas of this particular situation was not lost on me.

“Gregg was a sweet, humble man with a good heart and good intentions and it was a great honor to help him put his musical affairs in order and say a proper farewell.”

Gregg was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 as a member of The Allman Brothers Band, who performed their final show at the Beacon Theater in New York City on October 28, 2014 after 45 years together.

60th annual Grammy Awards

Best Americana Album

• “Southern Blood” - Gregg Allman
• “Shine On Rainy Day” - Brent Cobb
• “Beast Epic” - Iron & Wine
• “The Nashville Sound” - Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
• “Brand New Day” - The Mavericks

Best American Roots Song

• “Cumberland Gap” – David Rawlings & Gillian Welch, songwriters (David Rawlings)
• “I Wish You Well” – Raul Malo & Alan Miller, songwriters (The Mavericks)
• “If We Were Vampires” – Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)
• “It Ain't Over Yet” – Rodney Crowell, songwriter (Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)
• “My Only True Friend” - Gregg Allman & Scott Sharrard, songwriters (Gregg Allman)

See also:

Gregg Allman releases video for I Love The Life I Live
AUDIO: Gregg Allman streams Willie Dixon classic from final album
Gregg Allman tribute events announced
Gregg Allman streams My Only True Friend lyric video
Search The Allman Brothers at hennemusic