In the rusty city of abandoned streets rose a songwriter that seems to encapsulate the feeling of a place that once echoed loudly but now is being slowly snuffed out and stuck under the mattress. Hailing from Buffalo’s West Side, Allen Greystone is an urban folklorist, an ancient rusted troubadour that expounds in lyrics and ballads the past, present and future of a land that went from gold lined boulevards to burnt down tenements.
Born to a modest family Allen grew up with the realization that he was placed far from his real home. From this realization came a desire to set out on a journey that would lead him to where he is going today. Along the way Allen has discovered many fine songsmiths that have guided him on his sojourn. The most influential include the immortal; Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Tom Waits, George Harrison, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Roy Orbison to name a few. Worth mentioning also are the many ancient bards that have lifted and danced with him when nobody else would; Blake, Dylan, Neruda, Rumi, Creeley, Ginsberg, and most kindly, the patriach, Walt Whitman. With these men and many more Allen has become another link in the chain of those who have crossed the threshold and can never turn back.
His debut album “Flesh & Bone” is a collection of original compositions that in them reflect the person that Allen truly is. “ The world to me has always been revealed in the form of a song, songs that tell a story, a history of the way things were and still are today. They show me how to live my life”. With this said there is no doubt that Allen will reach his final destination and with the release of “Flesh & Bone” it is evident that he is well on his way. So listen, enjoy and become part of the journey.
-- Hobart Smith