WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “My Only True Friend” by Gregg Allman

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On “My Only True Friend,” the first new song by Gregg Allman, co-written with Gregg’s longtime music director/guitarist Scott Sharrard, from his forthcoming posthumous album, he sings “I hope you’re haunted by the music of my soul when I’m gone.” It’s a bittersweet emotional tug given his passing on May 27th.

The album, Southern Blood, comes out September 8th, was produced by Don Was, and recorded with Allman’s touring band and special guests Jackson Browne, Buddy Miller, The McCrary Sisters and Greg Leisz. Recorded at Fame studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the song is reflective of Allman’s long standing career with the band he started with his brother Duane in 1969. On “My Only True Friend,” Allman sounds as rich and soulful as he has ever sung.

About the song, Tom Moon for NPR Music writes:

From its stately introduction through a wrenching guitar solo at the close, the track exudes a surefooted classic-rock grandeur we don’t hear much anymore. Yet Allman keeps it on an intimate scale. When he confides, “You and I both know, the road is my only true friend,” it’s not some marketing tag. It’s an admission, and it rings true. You and I do know this about him. And we’re lucky to have shared a bit of the ride.

Listen to the song, and watch the trailer for album below.

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