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Published: 2017/09/08
by Larson Sutton

Devon Allman, Layla Allman, Don Was, Scott Sharrard and Michael Lehman Reflect on Gregg Allman at the Grammy Museum

Last night in Los Angeles, the Grammy Museum hosted Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman. The two-hour panel discussion and performance focused on the release of Allman’s final album Southern Blood with a question-and-answer session featuring Gregg’s son Devon Allman, daughter Layla Allman, the record’s producer Don Was, Allman’s guitarist and music director Scott Sharrard, and Allman’s manager Michael Lehman. Preceded by a short retrospective video, the talk highlighted several songs from the record, including a full listening of “My Only True Friend,” and excerpts from several others. Of note were stories of Allman’s need for convincing to cover the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River,” as well as his longtime love of songwriters such as Tim Buckley and Lowell George. Layla detailed the impetus behind some of the album’s artwork, including the title painting on display on stage rendered by artist Vincent Castiglia, and done partially in Allman’s blood. Castiglia was one of several guests in attendance; others included Allman’s son Elijah Blue, his widow Shannon, the daughter of the late Duane Allman, Galadrielle, Duane Betts, and photographer Neal Preston. 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.”

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