Hey everyone. I just joined the family of artists with Stonebridge Guitars. If you’re an artist and interested, let me know and I can put you in touch with their artist relations guy, Luke.
I’m very pleased with it and you’ll be seeing it in my youtube videos and performances on many occasions. It’s a beautiful Grand Auditorium guitar with cedar top and mahogany back and sides. The resonance on it is stunning! I love the smell of the cedar as you bring it out of the case. I see this guitar already inspiring new music.
The moment some of you have been waiting for. 🙂 Which is a good thing I’ve been busy.
My song, “Kansas Town” has been getting 10,000 plays a day on spotify! How awesome! Would love to see it hit a million before my birthday on Nov 29th. wink wink.. listen away.
It was written by my father (Dan Allen) and I. We made our first trip together ever in 2009 to Kansas. Long story short, my parents divorced early on and I only visited dad every other weekend or so. We didn’t do much traveling. Making this trip to Kansas was a big deal. It was my first try at competing at the International Fingerstyle Guitar contest in Winfield. That year I played well and made it to the top 5! My dad was really proud. I recently got 3rd place if you recall. 🙂 Great memories indeed as my father passed away quickly the following year with terminal pancreatic cancer. Lyric are written below. My father and I were the cowboys adventuring in a new place.
One day, I hope to see this song in a movie with strings of an orchestra!
Here’s the tab for $5. It’s like you’re buying me a cup of delicious coffee, or perhaps a craft beer, or a toy for one of my kiddos. I really do appreciate all your support. $5.00 Kansas Town tablature
I also have a new store setup to where you can buy my cd’s and give donations. Looks pretty slick.
Hey everyone! I hope you find this intriguing as I! Recently my friend and luthier, Cory Batson, set out to build his guitars and make them available to people without the price of a boutique guitar. I helped him get connected with a few folks that has made it happen! And they turned out beautiful! Here’s some video slide show that my wife Twila and I put together. She’s a great photographer and I play guitar well, and we finally put our talents together to come up with something that showcases these guitars. www.twilasphotography.com (weddings and what not 🙂 )
The guitars are currently available at Batson Guitars website.
This is the Gypsy model! It is solid cedar and solid Rosewood back and sides, with a beautiful maple bevel. The bevel makes it so comfortable to play.
Jack is a pop man and played some really fun pop tunes! He is also a guitar teacher up in the Chicago area and I highly recommend him. I’ve learned stuff from him at Winfield. Being 2nd place means you get second choice of the 2 remaining guitar. Jack chose the Larivee Guitar.
1st round – Reeling In The Years, Rock This Town.
2nd Round – Low Rider, Black Magic Woman
3rd Place Lance Allen
I got the beautiful Taylor Guitar! a 914CE and it’s totally awesome!
1st round Little Bit (Original) California Girls
2nd Round Us Together and East Nashville
All 3 of us also got an Elliott Capo that has Walnut Valley inscribed on the side as well as the 44th year of the festival.
I am currently putting together a blog post about how I went to prepare for this contest. This may help other when preparing. I interviewed several previous winners and did some deep research on how to prepare for things such as this. Look out for it in the very near future. It may just help you win or place in a big contest.
Hey Everyone! Just got back from the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar competition and thought I’d tell you about it. 🙂 I’ll tell you right off, I didn’t win… 🙁 boo hoo cry wah wah! lol, didn’t even make it to the 2nd round. I think it may have been that I drew number 1 when we were picking for contestant performance order. Oh well. Maybe Winfield! As I’m going this year.
So, Got to Nashville north, as they say, on Friday afternoon and set up for a gig at the Pine Room. I barely got there because of a cancerous tire on my van as I traveled. It was really rough. Thankfully, my friend there and organizer of the event, Chuck Wills, helped me change it.
Kade Puckett, a great fingerpicker opened the show 5-7 and then I went on to pick some. I played a handful of tunes, including my Beach Boys stuff and Beatles, and some more. Helen Avakian joined the stage with her friend David Irwin. Outside was some cool music happening too by Cari Ray and her band. It was a good time had by all, and even my friend Maxwell Hughes, from the Lumineers, showed up and played some stuff!
Saturday was the day of the contest! In the morning we drew for our numbers and I got the dreaded number 1. My plan was to play my song, Us Together and follow up with my strong arrangement of California Girls, by the Beach Boys. I played flawlessly, yet I did not make it to the 2nd round. Oh well next time… que Beck’s song… I’m a loser baby! so why don’t you kill me…. lol just kidding.
There were 21 contestants and 3-5 judges keeping score.
It’s a great contest and I encourage anyone into fingerstyle guitar to give it a try. There was even a 14 year old kid name Evan Twitty who was great! Even the winner of the Canadian Fingerstyle guitar fest competed, Kevin Blake Goodwin.
On that Sunday I taught 3 workshops for guitarists. One was a fingerstyle for strummers, intro to thumbstyle guitar, and tricks and licks. It was great for me to teach, and because of that opportunity I felt like a winner.
I did learn a new joke while in Indiana. This is my step-ladder. I never knew my real one. lololol!!
Hey Folks, I know I’m a fingerpicker, but every once in a while people ask if I know any bluegrass. I typically go straight to Red Haired Boy. Here is a simple version of this tune in G. It’s usually played in A with a capo on fret 2, but hey I just kept it in G since you don’t have a capo right where you’re sittin.
Here is a practice track at 100 bpm that I put together so that you can play the melody over the top of my strumming. Have a blast! And don’t forget if you enjoyed this post, buy me a cup of coffee, or a bag, whatever you like by using my TIP JAR