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Marty Allen Duo

Honky-tonk and Rockabilly music is as much about life as it is about music.

Southern Ontario artist Marty Allen, named after the late Marty Robbins, was born into a blue-collared middle class family and weaned on Sun Record artists Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. “It was a simple sound, yet energetic and commanding” states Allen who received his first guitar at the age of eight. Although not musicians themselves, his parents possessed a real love for music. “There was always music playing in the house and Sunday mornings we would hear the gospel music crackling from the hi-fi”.

Apprenticeship years entailed sitting in with family neighbor Russ and Uncle Jack playing everything from Letter Edged in Black to the Wildwood Flower at Saturday night parties.

After graduating “honky-tonk 101” Marty went on to form his own band playing the taverns and beer-joints. He has released five independent albums since then: Daybreak’s Coming (2000), Marty Allen (2001), Living Life (2002), Blue Church Road (2005), and recently the Sun Sessions (2009) receiving airplay and performing various festivals.

In March of this year Allen got a chance to record at the legendary Sun Records Studio in Memphis Tennessee where B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis all got their start. Recorded live off the floor the record captures the energy and feel of those early 1950’s recordings, drawing from Sam Phillips philosophy. The album consists of five originals and three covers which include Sun label mates Cash, Perkins, and Texas good old boy Junior Brown.

Marty Allen can be found playing to fans and winning the unconverted over with his band the Cadillac Cowboys.
Dave Tufford (electric guitar), Cory Richardson (upright bass), Mike McDowell (drums)