Psychedelic band formerly known as The Blues Messengers, from Sarasota. Based in Jacksonville’s Riverside district in late 1960s; became one of the most influential bands in North Florida. Led by Bradenton guitarist Dickie Betts; also included bassist Berry Oakley, keyboardist Reese Wynans and guitarist Larry Reinhardt. Became the foundation for the Allman Brothers Band. Also see Allman Bros. Band; Betts, Dickey; Oakley, Berry; Reinhardt, Larry; Wynans, Reese.