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Foo Fighters, Allman, Amos lead new September releases

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A farewell and a comeback are among the pack of new music releases being readied for September. 

Gregg Allman – “Southern Blood” (Rounder; Sept. 8)

Allman knew that the end was near when he recorded this mix of originals and carefully chosen covers with producer Don Was. The opening “My Only True Friend” will test the waterworks of longtime fans with lines like “You and I both know this river must surely flow to an end” and “I hope you’re haunted by the music of my soul when I’m gone.” The album is a fitting goodbye from rock’s true Southern gentleman.

Jack Johnson – “All The Light Above It Too” (Brushfire/Republic; Sept. 8)

Johnson’s seventh studio album (and first since 2013) was inspired by a sailing trip through the North Atlantic for an upcoming documentary related to pollution. "A year in which I camped, surfed, got stitches, explored, dreamed, shared time and endless conversations with my family and friends," Johnson said in a press release.

Tori Amos“Native Invader” (Decca; Sept. 8)

Confronting challenges and conflicts is the theme of Amos’s 15th album, also inspired (in part) by a trip. Amos says she drove through the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina last summer to reconnect with stories of her mother’s family. November’s election gave her a different focus which, she says, modified the shape of the record.

Big & Rich“Did It For The Party” (B$R; Sept. 15)

“Big” Kenny Alphin and John Rich have come up with a good old fashioned party record for their sixth studio release. “This new record is gonna rock America’s boots off,” Rich said in a press release. The lead single “California” was also recorded by Tim McGraw for his latest, which features Kenny and John.

Foo Fighters“Concrete and Gold” (Roswell/RCA; Sept. 15)

After breaking his leg during a 2015 concert in Sweden, Foo’s front-man Dave Grohl planned to spend a year away from music to recuperate. After six months of physical therapy, the lyrics to “Run” came in a burst of inspiration, followed by a songwriting sojourn which brought the rest of the record to life.

Michael McDonald“Wide Open” (BMG; Sept. 15)

For his first full album of new songs in 17 years, the former Steely Dan and Doobie Bros. alum’s ninth studio album will arrive on September 15. “Some of them are kind of rock, some of them are R&B things you would normally expect. It’s a very wide-open kind of concept record,” McDonald said of the new songs in a press release.

Ringo Starr“Give More Love” (Roccabella; Sept. 15)

Ringo has readied his 19th studio album with a little help from his friends, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather and Timothy B. Schmidt. Of special interest to collectors will be one of the bonus tracks; it’s the original recording of Starr’s hit “Back Off Boogaloo” which he apparently rediscovered during a move.

Van Morrison“Roll With The Punches” (Exile; Sept. 22)

The Irish bard’s 37th studio album is a covers-heavy affair. Five originals mingle with classic soul and R&B songs originally recorded by the likes of Bo Diddley, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Little Walter and Sam Cooke. “I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing. I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot,” Morrison wrote in a press release.

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