Rocker Gregg Allman, who died May 27 in Richmond Hill, collaborated with his manager Michael Lehman and Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was to make his final album exactly what he wanted.
“There’s a lot of excitement about it,” says Lehman. “The genesis of this record started around 2012, when Gregg had finished his album ‘Low Country Blues’ and he toured behind it. His intent was to go into the studio and record the next studio album. I thought he had a few good studio records in him.”
Just enjoying life
“Around the same time, doctors diagnosed a recurrence of liver cancer,” Lehman says. “They gave him 12 to 18 months with treatment. He decided he was not going to take most of the treatment and was going to just enjoy life.”
Allman lived for five more years instead of the 12 to 18 months he’d been told he had.
“He started to think how to approach the next record,” Lehman says. “He decided that maybe he would write a record of all original tunes.