Gregg Allman was no one's role model and in large part, he had been in failing health for some time, because of his own hard-living lifestyle.
The original band featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues-inflected voice of Gregg Allman.
There was never any "glam" to the Allman Brothers Band.
Southern Blood has no official release date yet although it's expectde in September. Haynes also notes that "Desdemona", off the Allman Brothers' 2003 album Hittin' the Note, is "one of those [he's] most proud of".
The statement on Allman's website says that as he faced health problems, "Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans essential medicine for his soul".
Holman also noted that management plan to consult former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson on a show from his tenure to release. The city's Allman Brothers Band Museum, also known as the Big House, was the band's home base from 1970-73, and much of the band's music was recorded at the city's now-shuttered Capricorn Studios, so named for the record label for which the ABB recorded.
"Longtime Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge writes, "[Gregg's] songs never got old. "They were a touchstone to many of our lives' happiest and saddest moments, and thus his loss resonates profoundly, like the loss of a family member".
"More stuff keeps showing up, a lot of memorabilia and other stuff", Holman tells Billboard. Both songs became staples of their epic live shows; a cathartic 22-minute version of "Whipping Post" was a highlight of their acclaimed 1971 live album, "At Fillmore East". And as the audience is aging, people are loaning and donating all kinds of stuff to us.
"I can tell when he's there, man", Allman said. During the last months of his illness he really wanted privacy. He had been deteriorating for a while; He just kept it private. And they've said they don't want people to attend in suits, preferring blue jeans instead.
"Thank goodness he did not suffer at the end", he said. Gregg had five children, four of them professional musicians.
The music will live on forever. That's the only thing he really loved.
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The family suggests that tributes to Gregg can be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.