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Always religious in a quiet way, Allman says his recent trials have caused him to turn his life over to God after years of shunning organized religion. He always believed in God, but mostly kept his views private. He says he’s “come out of the closet” since his transplant.

“I just said, `Man, I ain’t drivin’ this mule no more. I’m not in the driver’s seat, you take the wheel. Take it where it’s supposed to go,’” he said. “And every time something changes and everything goes just fine. Everything works out. Things will really scramble your brain until you’re about damn near broke.”

Affairs of the heart are another area of his life that nearly left him broken over the years. He talks in-depth about his rocky relationships, including his spur of-the-moment flight to Las Vegas for his marriage to Cher _ an event he immediately regretted as he daydreamed mid-ceremony: The marriage lasted from 1975 to `79 and produced a son.

The New York-based Light met Allman when he profiled him upon the release of his 2010 solo album “Low Country Blues.” He believes the memoir fills in the gaps of one of music history’s more interesting stories.

“From Day 1 all the way through to right now, this is not just a celebrity, not just a name, but there’s a lot of story to every piece of what his life has been,” Light said. “There’s a lot of pain, a lot of tragedy and a lot of obviously great achievement and all that.”

It’s also a story that’s still unfolding. Allman starts a book tour Tuesday in Atlanta after passing recent heart tests and feels as good as he has since the liver transplant. He feels so good, he’s been thinking about a future full of music _ he plans to hit the road with The Allman Brothers Band this summer _ and love. Yes, even love.

He hasn’t quite gotten past his penchant for falling in love, shyly admitting he thinks he’s done it again. He met her two Friday the 13ths ago.

“I’ve rarely ever said I don’t want to answer or I won’t talk about that _ and I’m not saying that,” Allman said. “I just don’t know if right now is the right time because this is a regular person and she is just an angel and I just met her. … Well in that time, I didn’t think it could be done, but she’s just taken my heart, and I gladly gave it to her.”

Allman wasn’t ready to share her name, though: “I can just tell you this: I am totally in love, and I don’t mind telling you.”




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