Gregg Allman prepares his next, typically uncategorizable move: ‘Everybody seems to want some kind of label’

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Fresh off what he calls a “magical” six-night farewell with the Allman Brothers Band at the New York City’s Beacon Theatre, Gregg Allman has turned his attention to a new solo album. Just don’t ask him to define it — or even nail down an exact release date.

“Yeah, you can expect a new record from me,” Allman confirms, in a new talk with Dave Paulson of The Tennessean. “Well, I don’t know, I’ve got about enough for half a record now, but they’re really coming fast.”

As for the sound and feel of this new project, Gregg Allman says it will continue to mix and match influences that stretch from his youth in middle Tennessee to the later musical experiences based around the swamps of Florida.

“I don’t know what you’d call it,” admits the now-67-year-old legend, whose most recent solo effort was 2011’s Low Country Blues. “Everybody seems to want some kind of label put on their music. It could be a mixture of all of it. Some of my songs are folk. Some of them are straight-on blues, and some of them are rock and roll. It’s just good ol’ music.”

Looking further out, Gregg Allman has been approached about recording a straight-country album, receiving words of encouragement from one of Americana’s most respected figures.

“I really would love to cut a country record,” Allman says. “I’ve been asked to, and I’ve been approached by different writers. I just got an e-mail from Lucinda Williams, and she said ‘If you need any help on a country record, I’ll be glad to help you.’ I thought that was real sweet.”

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