Soulful melodies and emotion filled rhythms make this singer/songwriter an upcoming star worthy of notice.
Nashville-based Allen Thompson and his troupe, the aptly named, Allen Thompson Band, entertain with a soulful, rootsy flavor of Americana. Each song evokes an emotion pulled from memories of back roads and farms, heartbreak and new hope, and honest work and hard living. In short, these are the songs of real life told through music that is true and without pretense. While the songs are likely drawn from personal experience, they are truly relatable and translate easily, as stories of people from all walks of life.
While it might be tempting to classify Allen Thompson’s music as alt-country, that would be a disservice. Listening to his music, you will hear many strong influences: country, rock, blues, gospel, and folk. Even classifying him in country isn’t that easy. Depending on the song, you might find yourself listening to 70s/80s country, twangy crying-in-your-beer melodies, southern rock, or honky-tonk.
Thompson began as a solo artist. However, feeling the need for a strong rhythm section, he formed the band he is with today. The current lineup of the Allen Thompson Band includes Thompson (vocals, guitars) with Clint Maine (guitars, banjo, percussion, vocals), Grayson Downs (bass, vocals), Joe Andrews (guitar, mandolin, keys, vocals), Laura Maine (vocals, percussion) and Ray Dunham (drums).
Allen Thompson, a native Virginian, has spent a good portion of his life in pursuit of music, having started writing in his teens. He recorded his first release, the six song collection titled Highway, in 2006. This was followed by a self-titled album in 2008, the EP Sick of Me (2009), 26 Years (2009), and Salvation in the Ground (2012).
According to a post on his website, the band is in the studio working on a new release for 2015, the first since Salvation. For those who find their music compelling, this will be welcome news and long overdue.