The Mushroom Brotherhood
WAYNE SHARP presents THE MUSHROOM BROTHERHOOD is the ultimate Allman Brothers Band experience!
Witness the amazing recreation of The Allman Brothers Band taking the stage, March 1971. From the look, the lights, vintage equipment, and veteran musicians...this show is phenomenal!
WAYNE SHARP, Hammond B3 organ/piano, blues musician, was raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast playing music with “JAIMOE”/Jai Johnny Johnson and Lamar Williams of The Allman Brothers Band. In the 60’s, after playing at a local beach nightclub, Wayne would head to a popular backwoods club and play till dawn alongside these close friends and countless other musicians. At this time, Jaimoe, wanting to play jazz, decided to head to New York until legendary musician/songwriter, Jackie Avery, talked him into meeting with Duane Allman instead. Jaimoe and Duane hit it off and the rest is history... The Allman Brothers Band was born. Later, Wayne landed in Macon, GA, living next door to the Allman Brothers. Hanging out, playing music and creating a lifelong brotherhood, became their lifestyle. Lamar would join the Allman Brothers Band after the tragic death of Berry Oakley. When the ABB disbanded in 1980, Wayne contacted Jaimoe and Lamar and told them of his new music venture in CA, The SharpShooter Band, showcasing his original music. Jaimoe and Lamar joined Wayne’s band, and the musical creation grew for The SharpShooter Band until Lamar passed away in 1983.
As history goes, The Allman Brothers Band reunited, with JAIMOE, a founding member. Wayne went on to play with ELVIN BISHOP and would eventually form an Allman Brothers tribute band, The Allmost Brothers. The idea was given to him by GREGG ALLMAN himself while recording and producing Gregg in Los Angeles. This band made a special appearance and performed with rave reviews at GABBA Fest.
Wayne then got a call to join legendary blues artist, MICHAEL BURKS with Alligator Records. He spent 12+ years with Burks, released four albums and won two Blues Music Awards. With the untimely passing of Burks along with the passing of Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman, Wayne decided that now is the time to resurrect the idea that was given to him by Gregg. The Mushroom Brotherhood was born.
---When Wayne asked "JAIMOE" what he thought about the idea of his show, he said...
” The only thing upset me is.....if you don’t do it! "Heck “Jones”, you the only "cat" qualified!”
Today, Jaimoe feels honored that Wayne is keeping the music alive, continuing to deliver the joy of the brotherhood created by the Allman Brothers Band. “Wayne is closer to the band’s music than most.”
If ever there was a tribute show with an air of legitimacy, this is it! The Mushroom Brotherhood recaptures the visual, musical, and aromatic energy of the musical brotherhood, synonymous with the Allman Brothers Band, the “Kings of Southern Rock”.
In honor of the Allman Brothers Band for what they gave to the world, this band revives the joy and innovation of their music. The road goes on forever, and...the “mushroom brotherhood” continues...