''These songs are very special to me. It's part 'dusty road driving music' and part 'tropical getaway' music. These are the stories, feelings and reflections from my last couple of decades of forging my musical path.''
When I Left Home blasts off proceedings in fine style, chronicling the singer/songwriter's journey from the age of 17 onwards. ''I wanted a song that really encapsulated my last 20 years'' - and it certainly does the job, with some great guitar licks along the way.
The autobiographical intent continues throughout the album, particularly on the likes of Don't Set Me Free and Time Machine (a slower, Clapton-style reflective number).
The story comes full circle with the closing number, Turn Off The World, with it's weary plea to be able to slow down at journey's end.
When I Left Home
Don't Set Me Free
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
There's No Time
Into The Darkness
Key Lime Pie
Turn Off The World
10 of the songs are Allman-penned originals (Mike Zitto shares the credits on Don't Set Me Free and Strategy, as does Tyler Stokes on There's No Time). There's a great cover of Tom Petty's Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, featuring a blistering vocal duet with Samantha Fish.
Stand out tracks: When I Left Home; Time Machine; Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.
Here's a pre-release taster of Turquoise to whet the appetite...
Turquoise will be released on 12 February. For further details, head for the official website.