UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Gregg Allman, lead singer for the Allman Brothers Band, passed away in May shortly after completing what would be his final album.
His posthumous final solo album, “Southern Blood,” was released Sept. 8, and select copies will come with a special, bloody surprise for fans.
The album’s deluxe package and the first run of its vinyl copies will include a portrait of Allman that was painted with his and his children’s very own blood.
Allman asked artist Vincent Castiglia to paint the portrait in 2015.
A few months later, Castiglia received a shipment of a couple vials of Allman’s blood, which he stuck in the refrigerator.
It wasn’t until after Allman died in May that he put them to use.
Yahoo Music obtained a time-lapse video of Castiglia immortalizing Allman on canvas.
Castigilia said, “This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted.”