Sharief is a 21st century soul man par excellence. For this reason, one shouldn’t confuse his art and craft with anything called “neo-soul” or any other trendy label. As Sharief himself has inquired, “Why does it have to be ‘neo’? Why can’t it just be Soul?”
Sharief is a man that knows of what he speaks. You can tell where he’s coming from in a heartbeat anytime you catch him in support mode on gigs for artists as diverse as Chocolate Genius and Vivian Green, holding it down with his guitar slinging, bass thumping, vocalizing and harmonizing.
Since the band re-formed in 2000 at a surprise birthday party for drummer Richie Heyman’s birthday (after having reigned as one of the most popular bands in central Jersey in the mid 60’s), The Doughboys have released four albums (Is It Now?, Act Your Rage, Shakin’ Our Souls and Hot Beat Stew), numerous singles, and a documentary film with accompanying live disc (Rock N’ Raw). They’ve played up and down the eastern half of the country, often sharing bills with such luminaries as The Pretenders, The Yardbirds, The Electric Prunes, Roberta Flack, Robin Trower and many others. They performed at the historic “Who Shot Rock’n’Roll?” exhibition at the Allentown Museum, at an all-star tribute to George Harrison at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, at the “Long May You Run” benefit at The Hamilton Live in Washington, DC, and have appeared at prestigious venues like B.B. King’s, the Sellersville Theater, the Stone Pony and the Starland Ballroom. Lead singer Myke Scavone is now also a member of The Yardbirds, touring the world as they continue to spread the gospel of the golden era of rock’n’roll.