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Acoustic Guitar In The Background – Spotify Playlist

Hi Everyone!

I created a wonderful playlist of fingerstyle guitar music.

In response to the popular Piano in the Background, now you can have a wonderful independently created playlist of guitar in the background.

Please follow it and share the playlist as to help grow  fingerstyle guitar interest.

Make sure to follow me on Spotify as well. I’m releasing beautiful  Instrumental Christmas music alongside my music partner, Avery Bright, that I’m quite certain you will love and enjoy!

Here are some other new releases that you might enjoy!

Growing up as a kid in the 80’s you cou;dn’t help but love the muppets! This tune is the same tune Kermit the Frog sang with the banjo! Now available in the most beautiful arrangement for guitar and violin!

I’m a big fan of the musical artist, Brandi Carlile!

This song is just so nice and I’m reminded of my love story with my wife everytime I hear it or play it!

New stuff July 2015

Hi Everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the first week of July. Here in Nashville, it’s raining and thunderstorms everywhere. So I’ve been busy uploading videos and wanted to show them to you. Especially if you’re not a youtube subscriber. These are all finger style guitar songs. And you’ll notice that I have tabs for sale for a few of them.

First, is my song Us Together. It’s a lovely song inspired by just hanging out with family etc. It also reminds me of getting opportunities to play with my guitar heroes like Tommy Emmanuel, Phil Keaggy, and Pete Huttlinger. You can google them, they’re seriously good and I’m doing my best to follow in their leadership.

You can also buy the tab to this song here for only $4.95.  BUY NOW

Hope you enjoy the song.


This is another beautiful tune, Peaceful Dreamer. Written for my wife, who likes to sleep in in the mornings. Isn’t it lovely? Sleep… yes. Maybe this song can help you or a little one get some much needed rest.


And this is a song on my first album. It’s the title track, Sometimes in Life. I also have tab for this one as well.  BUY TAB. $4.95


Also happening….

I’m headed to NAMM next week, as well as the 2015 Chet Atkins Appreciation society convention. Busy week! And on top of that I have a gig on Friday the 10th in Nashville and a wedding to play on the 11th. As a guitarist making a living in Nashville area, I have to be on top of my professional behavior and do what I can to continue my dream job of playing guitar for a living. It’s a great challenge and I enjoy the rewards!

At NAMM I plan to meet the new guys at Takamine, which is now managed by ESP guitars, and meet a new friend that works with Lanikai Ukuleles! I’m excited about Lanikai, as I may be doing some ukulele lessons for their site. That typically means new, beautiful ukulele. 🙂 I’ll keep you posted about all that. I’ll also be checking out the main floor, looking at people products and services. I’ll keep you informed if I think it’s cool.


BTW Thanks for downloading any of my music on itunes last month. I took my family out to dinner and ice cream. Would be nice to pay my house off with my music, so keep telling people about Lance Allen music and listening on iTunes, Pandora, wherever.. My music will also be on Apple music, so if you’re a subscriber to that, please feel free to play my music over and over and over again.


End of month I’m competing in the Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar competition. Check it out and cheer me on!


I visited the Guitar Gallery today and played a few wonderful guitars. Again, a Julius Borges was friggin amazing! and I tinkered on a very beautiful sounding Delgado classical guitar. A Bown also stuck out to me as a wonderful and very resonant instrument! Check them all out I’ve included links.

Here’s their link to website

Julius Borges

Delgado Guitars

Thanks for listening and I’ll talk to you next time I have news.





A visit to V-Picks in Nashville TN

Nestled a bit west of Nashville TN is a unique business that’s is rocking the music world. Vinny Smith’s V-Picks are known world wide for there tone,playability and good looks. Many artists are playing V-Picks. Carlos Santana, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Brad Whiteford (AeroSmith), Phil Keaggy, and the list goes on.

While visiting, Vinni told me so of his story how he got started, and shared with me some good stories about the business. It’s a family run deal, with a few employees that shape each and every pick.

He showed me the pick making process and his nifty laser cutter, along with what I believe was a hydrogen flame thrower that tempers each pick. 🙂 It was really cool visit with him and I’m glad to see him as a new friend and encourager. I look forward to our next visit.

I’m now a proud V-Pick dealer and would be glad to sell you a pick. They’re basically $4 each. You can buy from me or their site, just mention that you heard about it from Lance. You know referrals go a long way. 🙂 Here’s a link to his full catalog of picks and accessories.




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Vinni made me a special custom box with my name on it!

IMG_2636Here are his workers shaping away and buffing picks.

IMG_2637Here’s a unique look at the material used and what remains after each pick is cut.


After telling Vinni about my love for Chet Atkin’s music, he said we could visit his grave site just down the road. Vinny laid a pick there in honor of all that Chet has done for guitar. I’ve never been here and was glad to pay a visit

Melody Maker CD hard copy is now available.

Hey everyone,

Melody Maker CD’s are available now hard copy and signed. Get your limited edition today.

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New Lance Allen CD Melody Maker

Hello everyone! The wait is over and I have my new music ready for you. I’ve decided to offer this record digitally so it’s much easier for you to add to playlist, phones, or other devices. I’m selling it for only $10 and it will be delivered right to your email box. When you check out using paypal, you will also have the opportunity to pay more than $10 if you like. By doing this your investment will help in future projects and the new baby Lucas on the way. 🙂

I would love your review and rating on itunes. Click on cover to review and rate.

Would love you review on Amazon if you are an Amazon junkie like myself

Lance Allen - Melody Maker

The Songs Blue Ireland (Featuring Phil Keaggy)

This song is inspired from a trip to London. One that I’ll never forget. We descended, and the pilot said we were over Ireland. I looked out the window and saw nothing but blue. It was the sea of blue and barely what I imagined Ireland looking like from above. My appreciation for Irish music is what may have led to this song! Not only did I record a neat song, It was a dream come true to record with Phil Keaggy. He has been a guitar influence to me since my teenage years. His contribution here is really amazing! You can hear his unique styling and percussive tapping.  If you listen carefully you can here a touch of Ebow, which Phil is known for using.

Fingernail Moon My son and I love looking at the moon and its wonder. When its just right it can appear to look like a fingernail. I think this pretty song was deserving of a title that give credit to something so beautiful in the sky.

I Love You Lullaby Inspired by a book that was read during my son’s younger days. This is a perfect example of a lullaby. Experience a memory when listening.

Landon Boy Another dedication to my awesome son. When he was born this is the first song he heard. As he glanced around, I know he was listening.

Melody Maker I think this song gives me a sense of purpose. Now that I have a catalog of guitar music, this seemed to be very fitting. Melody Maker is certainly melodic and a song that has my signature.

Ode To Batson This is another song where it was inspired by a guitar. My friends Cory and Grant, have built some amazing guitars which are unique.  Batson Guitars

O’Farely’s Waltz O’Farely is the psuedo-name that I have given my friend, Michael Farley. He loves Irish music and DADGAD tuning. This song is just that. A bit of Irish, and in a special tuning called DADGAD. Mr. O’Farley has been a wonderful influence to me as a friend and mentor.

Pacific Drive The title Pacific drive came from a memory of driving the PCH (pacific coast highway) It is a grooving beautiful drive and deserving of a fun guitar song.

Pura Vida Pura vida in Costa Rica is a surfers term meaning that everything is all good, and life is awesome. We recently had a visit there, and it was an amazing experience. Hopefully this song will remind you of a beautiful place.

Sunshine Falling Every Monday during the school year I volunteer at a music school in Nashville, TN, WO Smith music. I get there early every time, because I love playing guitar in their foyer. It’s really full of reverb! One morning, the sun sun was shining bright on my shoulder. I was playing the middle part of this tune and singing, “Sunshine, falling like raindrops”

An Inspiring moment with guitarist, Phil Keaggy

Many of you know I’ve been a fan of many guitarist over the years. Phil Keaggy was one of my early influences and I’ve been fortunate to be able to meet him several times.

I have a young student who also has admired Phil’s work. Andrew is also pretty talented kid. I was able to arrange a meeting with Phil at my lesson studio with Andrew.

It was an inspiring 3hrs of fellowship, lessons, and advice.

Here’s Andrew’s site. Go check it out and show him some love, as he is pursuing a path of musical creation.


AN inspiring moment for a young player
An inspiring moment for a talented young player

Played Fingerstyle guitar music with Kyle Jones at Kalamata’s in Nashville, TN

Tonight I played at Kalamata’s with Kyle Jones. Kyle is a percussionist and drummer who has played for many musical acts. One of his latest gigs and recordings is with the awesome, Phil Keaggy.

Phil Keaggy was one of my first inspirations and influences to the art of fingerstyle guitar. I never imagined I’d be playing my music with Phil’s percussionist.

I even got to open for Phil Keaggy at a gig I had in NAshville last year. That was so cool! I will be playing at Kalamata’s again on October 13th. Be sure to follow me on facebook to get the updates when I’m playing places around town.

Tomorrow I’ll play at the famous Antique Archaeology. That place was opened as a result of the TV show American Pickers. 2-4.

Now Kyle also mentioned he knew Robert Plant and would invite him if he’s in town the next time  I play there. How cool would that be?!?!!?!?

So for now I’ll keep practicing because I’m one of a handful of famous guitarist who has played at Kalamata’s

Phil Keaggy, Bobby Cochran (Steppenwolf), Rick Vito, Stan Lassiter , are to name a few. and oh Lance Allen too! 🙂


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