A native of Auburn, Alabama, Allen was exposed to blues and R&B at an early age. Moving into jazz and fusion in his teens, he attended Berklee College of Music and shortly after, moved to Los Angeles to attend Musician’s Institute, where he has remained on staff to the present. Allen also teaches at a new school called Shepherd University where he teaches with Abraham Laboriel, Otmaro Ruiz and Jimmy Branley.
Allen has a touch that most guitarists would kill for. Utilizing influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to the Beatles,Duane Allman to Alan Holdsworth.. his style is exciting and eclectic.
He has performed and/or recorded with jazz and R&B luminaries including Randy Crawford, Gino Vannelli, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, BeBe and CeCe Winan, The Crusaders, Bobby Caldwell, James Ingram, Marilyn Scott, Eric Marienthal, Boney James, Marc Antoine, and many, many others.
Looking for “more” Allen began recording his own music several years ago….all to critical acclaim by musicians and magazines worldwide, his c.d.s “fact of the Matter”, “Beyond it All”, “Falling Up”, and “Monkeys and Slides” are available on I-Tunes, Amazon, and C.D. Baby.com
His c.d’s feature and amazing array of musicians..such as Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Babko, Dave Hooper, Matt Rhodi, JV Collier, Randy Crawford, Tolak Olestaad, Jimmy Earl, Jimmy Haslip, Will Kennedy,Reinhardt Melz, Mark McMilllen, Roberto Vally, Dave Hughes,.Hanz Zurmuellan, Joey Heredia, Brian Simpson, and many others……
On staff at “Musician’s Institute”, Allen offers a musical blend of jazz, blues, and rock with a “grassroots” style. Although one might hear guitar influences like Ry Cooder to Pat Metheny, Robben Ford to Alan Holdsworth.
Allen has also done clinics and master classes worldwide, concentrating on legato technique and slide playing, as well as common problem solving for young and aspiring guitarists. His approach is thorough and contemporary.
Being an active studio musician as well as live performer, he has written songs for Larry Carlton, Patti Austin, Jeff Kashiwa as well as many new cable t.v. shows.. “Duck Dynasty”, “Pawn Stars”, “Build it Bigger”, “Son’s of Gun”..just to name a few.
Using a variety of guitars and amps, his main gear includes a
1954 goldtop les paul (converted to ’57 specs…)
1964 es 335
1960 melody maker, equipped with a Palm Pedal and a Tom Holmes pick up
1964 martin 000-28
Xotic strat stlye
several self built telecasters and strats…
Amplifiers include..Bad Cat, Divided by 13, Blankenship, Bogner, Fender deluxe reverbs, Brad Jackson
Pedals include BobBurts gr8t distortion, Hermida’s Zen drive, Chase Stealth preamp, Xotic…many many others..
Allen’s endorsements include Ernie Ball,Curt Mangan strings, Fulltone,Anthology Gear, Hermida, Line 6, Bogner, and Xotic pedals.