Schroomville was formed to play the tunes of this great band and create a concert experience based on one of our favorite bands. From the early days with Gregg Allman on Hammond B3, Duane Allman and Dickey Betts on guitars, through the mid ‘70s after Duane and Bassist Barry Oakley died. Adding Chuck Leavell on piano, and continuing to todays’ lineup with Warren Haynes and drummer Butch Trucks' nephew Derek Trucks on guitars. Schroomville represents all of the Allman Brothers music. Twin lead guitars, Hammond B3 organ, soulful vocals, and bass and drums pumping the groove is what Schroomville is all about as we recreate the sound and experience of the Allman Brothers Band
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So you really want to know how it all got started do you?
Schroomville started as a Monday night jam session among friends. A casual meeting of the minds to bleed off the stress of the day jobs with music. Good old Rock n Roll music. We went from a trio, to a quartet, to a five piece, and then to six, each time adding a really good player to the group. Before long it was apparent that we needed to get this thing in front of an audience again. All of us had decades of experience, both playing and performing, and the performance bug is a very difficult one to shake.
As our songlist grew, we noticed that it was heavy on Allman Brothers tunes. They lent themselves to the groups instrumentation and temperament quite well. The very nature of the ABB songs and sound was one of open improvisation and never playing a song the same way twice. This allows Schroomville to be a tribute band and still interject a great deal of personal creativity. After working up about 2 hours worth, we decided to go all in, and the result is what you see today. Schroomville - A Tribute to the Allman Brothers.
As for the name? Schroomville. Take note of the "C". Look at an ABB album cover. Thar be shrooms all over the place.
Play on words? Yes.
Incorrect spelling of 'Shroom? Yes.
Psychotropic drug reference? Not unless you have a guilty conscience.