Back Where It All Began: The Musical Origins of The Allman Brothers

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A thorough look into the music of The Allman Brothers and the origins of their southern sound lead by Gregg Allman's musical director, lead guitarist, song writer, and vocalist, Scott Sharrard. Investigate finger style and slide guitar tactics that encompass various scales, bends, and vibrato techniques. The class will also include classic tone tips while exploring amp, guitar, pickup, and gear selection. Delve into the characteristic styles of some of the original artists responsible for deeply influencing Gregg & Duane early on. From Miles to Coltrane, Bobby Bland to Muddy, Pharoah Sanders to Elmore, and BB King and beyond. You can expect to come of out this workshop with knowledge on how to play blues, rock and roll, and jazz through the lens of the Allmans and their historic influences.

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About Scott Sharrard

Scott began his music career in Wisconsin in the early 90′s. He spent his teenage years attending Milwaukee’s prestigious High School of The Arts by day, while playing in clubs and touring by night. During that time, he played with local blues legends the Stokes, Willie Higgins, and Harvey Scales, as well as such international blues and jazz luminaries as Buddy Miles, Melvin Rhyne, and Clyde Stubblefield.

After rising to the top of the local circuit by the age of 19, Scott moved to New York City with his band, The Chesterfields. They recorded and released three albums, toured nationally, and were mentored by Ahmet Ertegun and received critical praise from the likes of Russ Titlemen, Rob Thomas, and Dr. John. The band also garnered rave reviews from Billboard Magazine, USA Today and many other national publications. The band dissolved in 2002 and Scott then embarked on his career as a solo artist. From 2002-2008, Scott released three albums (Dawnbreaker, Analog/Monolog, and Ante Up) to critical acclaim.

In the Fall of 2008, Scott joined the Gregg Allman Band as a touring guitarist, being hailed as “Gregg Allman’s secret weapon” by Glide magazine. Scott has developed a close musical relationship with Allman over the last 7 years and he now serves as Musical Director for the Gregg Allman Band. Allman can also be heard covering Scott’s song (from 2012’s Brickyard Band album) “Love Like Kerosene” and there are plans to include it on his next solo album.

Scott Sharrard and the Brickyard Band, released their self titled debut in 2012 and embarked on a national tour soon after. Their new album is now in the works with a 2015 release date to be announced.

Over the years, Scott has also performed with such artists as The Allman Brothers, Levon Helm, Amy Helm, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Jennifer Johns, Marshall Crenshaw, Kelley Hunt, Katy Pfaffl, Brian Charette, and Jay Collins & The Kings County Band. One of Scott’s original compositions, “Love Like Kerosene,” can currently be heard live on tour with the Gregg Allman Band and on Allman’s first live solo DVD ever released, “Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA.”

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