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Tuesday
Jan072014

Gregg Allman Talks Upcoming Biopic, Says He's Planning Two Solo Albums

Photo: Danny ClinchMidnight Rider, the upcoming biopic about Allman Brothers Band frontman Gregg Allman, is scheduled to go into production next month.  The singer/songwriter tells Rolling Stone that he's planning to be hands-on when it comes to keeping the project accurate.

"It's time consuming and tedious work to get it all right," he notes. "I don't know firsthand because it hasn't started yet, but I know I need to be there every single day if I want it done right."

Allman reveals that he has veto rights over the script -- co-written by Jody Savin and the film's director, Randall Miller -- and admits that he already has requested some changes to be made.

"The first script they handed me just wasn't us," he explains.  "They had me and [my late brother, Duane,] talking at one point and it was too many 'f**k you's' in there and there shouldn't have been any."

He adds about his desire to oversee the project, "Think about it, man.  If you had them doing your life story on the big screen, wouldn't you want to be able to erase anything out of there that you didn't want?"

Midnight Rider will feature All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter as Gregg and Wyatt Russell -- son of actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn -- as Duane Allman.  "They’re nice guys," says Gregg.

Oscar-winning actor William Hurt has been cast as an older Gregg in the upcoming biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, the 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reports that he has two new solo albums in the works.  Gregg says one will be called All Compositions By, adding that it's a record "I've been putting this together…probably since I was about 30."

The other album is being produced by T Bone Burnett and will be a follow-up to Allman's acclaimed 2011 collection Low Country Blues.  Gregg describes this project as "another string of old, obscure, ancient blues songs that nobody's ever heard kind of reconditioned and updated and made my own."

Besides keeping busy with the film and albums, Allman will be the feted this Friday in Atlanta at the previously announced tribute concert All My Friends: Celebrating Songs & the Voice of Gregg Allman.  Gregg and The Allman Brothers Band also will perform at the star-packed event.

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