One could imagine the only positive about learning the manner in which one would die is it may afford some retrospection and focus, a certain clarity of priorities. The knowledge allows for one last kick at the can and some use the opportunity to create while their faculties are still in order. Final albums by Leonard Cohen and Bowie are cases in point, and so too is Gregg Allman's "Southern Blood" an album recorded while Brother Allman dealt with liver cancer. Allman died May 27 of this year. The single "My Only True Friend" from the album, a series of covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon and others, is a fitting beginning to learn about how Allman saw the end. The album drops Sept 8.