Scott Sharrard Stares Down Depression In 'Saving Grace': Video Premiere

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Gregg Allman's longtime bandleader and guitarist Scott Sharrard weighs into the music trade's invigorated dialogue about melancholy and suicide together with his new video, premiering completely beneath, for "Saving Grace," the title observe of his not too long ago launched solo album.

"Like others, I've struggled with nervousness and melancholy my complete life," Sharrard tells Billboard, "and I've struggled to try this whereas making an attempt to be a completely purposeful husband and father. In the top, this tune is about shedding the plot and diving into despair full cease. I believe it’s a tune about suicide actually, about feeling so hopeless that you just're prepared to slide and let go." Filled with psychedelic imagery, the animated clip for the soulful, Southern-flavored rock observe -- directed by Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. and animated by Ronlee Nemeth -- depicts melancholy as an out-of-body, out-of-control expertise with seemingly no escape or reduction.

"I've misplaced a variety of mentors, influences, and associates to this illness, succumbing to psychological sickness -- as they are saying, a everlasting answer to a brief drawback," says Sharrard, who recorded "Saving Grace" with the Swampers home band at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and with Sharrard enjoying Duane Allman's 1957 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top, loaned to him by the property, for the primary time on report since his dying. "I believe this lyric walks us over the sting, hopefully, so we by no means should take that step...It's a really onerous tune to sing. I used to be glad to get the possibility to dial this one in."

Saving Grace is Sharrard's first recording since Allman's dying in May of 2017. He co-wrote the Grammy Award-nominated "My One True Friend" for Gregg Allman's posthumous album Southern Blood, whereas Saving Grace options "Everything a Good Man Needs," a co-write that's thought of Allman's last-known authentic composition (Taj Mahal company on the observe).

"Gregg was an enormous supporter of my writing and singing and enjoying," Sharrard says. "He got here out to one in every of my reveals in New York City and watched the entire present and sat in with us. Even after we had been making (Southern Blood) and we knew what was forward for him, he inspired me to proceed to play and make the most effective music I can. I see him as a continuing non secular inspiration for me, and I soaked up as a lot as I may throughout my time with him. I'm actually pushed to make him proud and honor him and the opposite legends we've been shedding by taking what I realized from them and utilizing that to make my music higher."