Holly Renee Allen CD Release Concert w/ Susan Munson
April 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$10 – $12
Doors 7:30 // Show 8:00 PM
Holly Renee Allen: Channeling Red Dirt Soul with Her New Single, “Picture”.
Raised at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Holly Renee Allen is the embodiment of Red Dirt and Appalachian music. Allen was born and bred from generations of country and bluegrass musicians and was raised on The Beatles, Janis
Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, and Bob Dylan. As Allen works on her fifth studio album, Appalachian Piece Meal, she pulls from her greatest influences, the musicians in her family, and the sounds of the valley that made her the woman she is today. Allen has played throughout the southeast and made a name for herself in songwriter circles in Texas and Atlanta, Georgia, playing such revered clubs as Smith’s Old Bar, Eddie’s Attic, and the Red Light Cafe. She’s had the good fortune of working with legendary producers Johnny Sanlin (Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic) and Marty Kearns (Shawn Mullins, Indigo Girls, Jennifer Nettles), as well as stellar musicians Bill Stewart, Pete Carr, David Hood, Spooner Oldham and Scott Boyer. “Picture”, the first single from Allen’s newest album, is a honky-tonk heartbreak song one can imagine having crossed the air-waves fifty years ago. True to her red dirt roots with an affection for the fiddle, Allen succeeds in delivering a heartfelt, country break-up song with just the right amount of sass to keep things interesting. This is no “feel sorry for me” tune. The song, penned from the point of view of the one doing the leaving, pays homage to the proverbial other woman and how sometimes trading pain for freedom is the greatest thing we can do for ourselves. Allen is back in the studio this winter and audiences can expect a full album release early next spring.
“These songs weren’t cranked out of some gentrified Nashville writer’s room. There’s nothing imagined here. These songs are the real deal: calluses and blisters, dust, dirt and sweat.” –Grant Peeples, Recording Artist
“Holly Allen is one of the most enchanting artists I’ve worked with. She manages to combine a sincere innocence with the maturity of a full grown woman. It is not possible to hear her and remain untouched by her spirit.” – Martin Kearns, Producer
” …Her words spell such raw honesty that you would swear you were right there inside every song. A witness to the beauty, but also the hard knocks in life, she dances in the company of artists like Tony Jo White, Ry Cooder and Bobby Gentry. But only Holly Renee Allen can dish
out her own story songs like nobody’s business, in RED DIRT SOUL” -JeanAnne Chapman Richardson – North Georgia Magazine