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Limited Edition GREGG ALLMAN Portrait Available w/ LP, But Ewww!

Deluxe CD Editions, & initial run of vinyl LPs will include the artwork...

September 11, 2017

GREGG ALLMAN’s final album, ‘Southern Blood’ closes the book on the life and career of one of the greatest singer/songwriters in Rock & Roll… Just released, the album features a number of somber, introspective songs that reflects the blues singer’s ruminations on death, and the life he lived. ‘Southern Blood’ was the singer’s only recent album since 2011’s ‘Low Country Blues.’ It has just been revealed that an iconic photo of Allman (shot by photographer Neal Preston) has been made into a unique portrait that will be included in the deluxe CD/DVD editions of the album as well as the initial run of the vinyl copies of ‘Southern Blood.’ What is so unique about it is…it was created using GREGG ALLMAN’s blood. Yep…his blood. The artwork from ‘Surrealist’ Painter, Vincent Castiglia, was commissioned by Allman a year or so before his death, and was also created using the blood of Allman’s children. The blood was ‘stockpiled’ in the artist’s refrigerator starting in 2015, and work on the portrait began after Allman’s death in May. Of the artwork, it’s creator said, “This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted,” Castiglia says in a news release. “When Gregg shipped me the vials of his blood, no one could have foreseen what was to come — that ultimately the painting wouldn’t be created until his after his passing. Painting Gregg’s portrait in his and his children’s blood, memorializing him posthumously, was one of the most emotively intense experiences.”

Watch a time-lapse video of the creation of the Gregg Allman portrait. Rock On!