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J.Allen is doing his part to keep classic Hillbilly and Honky-Tonk music alive, but it’s not the main thrust of what he does; he's not strict preservationists, he draws as much from seminal folk artists like Johnny Cash and Jimmy Rogers as he does from Buck Owens by way of Dwight Yoakam, and while you’ll likely hear more than a few rockabilly and Bakersfield classics at a J.Allen show, the music he writes is a little broader and digs a little deeper into the dark heart of the American dream. He deals with themes modern country music wants nothin’ to do with; drinking, murder, despair, and divorce, often to a snappy uptempo beat, suitable for two-steppin’, (and/or two-timin’) and exploring questions like, “Do we drink because we cheat, or do we cheat because we drink?” He also likes to sing about life's simpler pleasures, like dancin',drinkin' cheatin', huntin' and fishin', and maybe, jes' ever so often, beatin' the living crap outta somebody that's really, really askin' for it. He also likes to occasionally slip in a little gospel tune, cuz everybody needs forgiveness, especially after all of the above.
J.Allen believes that, geographically speaking, his music owes more to Texas than Tennessee, and it is most decidedly rural and blue-collar, despite the large number of PBR-swilling college students/grads you’ll find whooping it up at his shows. In fact, although the Americana tag loosely fits him, he's distinct from your Jayhawkses and Wilcos in a couple of important ways; the fact that he didn’t goto college is one, and the fact that he's worked some pretty brutal day jobs and continues to make music while raisin' family in the Rust Belt is another. (there's also a lot more dancin'at his shows)
J.Allen has shared the stage with : David Allan Coe , Hellbound Glory ,Unknown Hinson , Jeff Bates ,Sunny Ledfurd, JB Beverlay , 357 stringband, Whitey Morgan & the 78's, Porterhall Tennessee ,The Deadstring Brothers,and The Stardevils