The Friends of the Brothers are the premier tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, with members of the group is closely associated with the original band. Guitarist/singer Andy Aledort played with Dickey Betts for 12 years. Guitarist/singer Junior Mack has fronted Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band for 12 years.
Keyboardist Peter Levin toured the world with Gregg Allman for 3 years and appears on his last album, Southern Blood. Singer Lamar Williams Jr., the son of the late Allman Brothers bassist, was also featured in Les Brers, featuring ABB members Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge and Jack Pearson.
Singer/guitarist Alan Paul is the author of One Way Out, the definitive, best-selling Allman Brothers band biography based on 25 years of reporting on and interviewing the band.
Drummer Dave Diamond is a core member of the Zen Tricksters and has played with Bob Weir, Derek Trucks, moe., Robert Randolph and many others. Drummer Van Romaine has performed with too many great artists to list completely, including Steve Morse, the Dixie Dregs, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Joel and Joan Osborne. He is currently the drummer and Musical Director for multi-platinum artist Enrique Iglesias. Bassist Craig Privett is a New York veteran of countless bands and stages, including the elite Grateful Dead tribute band Half-Step. Levin, Mack, Williams and Aledort all performed with the Allman Brothers Band.
«This band is based around our shared love of the Allman Brothers Band and our friendships with one another,» says Paul. «It's not just a gig. The music is holy to us, but it's also alive. We honor our friends and mentors' legacies by investing this great music with life, heart and passion. It's not about copying solos, which would be completely against the spirit the Allman Brothers had from the day Duane Allman started forming the band in 1968.»
The group members’ first-hand experience with the Allman Brothers Band and their deep knowledge of the repertoire and the music’s roots and heritage allows them to play with an unrivaled depth. They perform songs from every stage of the Allman Brothers Band’s career. With Levin now recording as a member of the new Muscle Shoals band and touring with Amanda Shires and the Duane Betts and Devon Allman’s Allman Betts Band, he is sometimes replaced for gigs by Eric Finland of Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and the Eric Krasno Band.
“The Allman Brothers catalog is some of the most important and influential music of the last 50 years,” says Aledort, who has also played with Band of Gypsys and is a renowned guitar educator, having produced hundreds of books and instructional DVDs for Guitar World and others. “For a serious musician it’s very challenging to play it well. And we all just love it. I’ve had the great fortune to play with Dickey Betts for 12 years and I learned a tremendous amount standing next to the guy who invented this stuff. The music means so much to me and having had the opportunity to tour the world performing it with Dickey Betts is one of the most important things in my life and Pete feels the same way about Gregg as Junior does about Jaimoe. I love those guys and think they’re phenomenal and I welcome every opportunity to play with them. It’s a chance for people who have been there next to the real guys for a long period of time to get together and demonstrate our shared love of this music and pay homage to the band, to the Allman Brothers, to Gregg and Butch as well as Duane, Jaimoe and Berry, Oteil, Derek, Warren, Lamar, Chuck, Woody and Marc- everybody who created this great music.”