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Country Rocker Jeff Allen Releasing Self-Titled EP Today
In-Store Acoustic EP Release Show at LoneStar Music Tonight In Gruene, TX
Nashville, TN (November 1, 2011) – Country music’s hottest newcomer Jeff Allen releases his powerful and infectious self-titled EP today. Allen’s no-holds-barred brand of country resonates with audiences from Austin to Boston, and Allen’s fan base continues to grow through the new six-song EP, with the first single "A Little Less Lonely" already hitting Southwest radio.
Produced by Kenny Greenberg (The Mavericks, Allison Moorer) and songwriter Odie Blackmon, who has penned hits for George Strait and Martina McBride, the EP showcases Allen’s compelling vocals and the emotional weight he infuses into every lyric. From the pained resignation that echoes through “Wrong Ones” to the sensual come on “Nobody’s Watchin’” or the bluesy exuberance of “Elvis Loves a Cadillac”, Allen delivers a tour de force performance every time.
Working with Blackmon and Greenberg on his new EP feels like a new chapter for Allen. “This is the first time I’m feeling like the music is exactly the direction that I want to head,” Allen admits. “There’s a cohesive feel to the project. I feel like this is so much more of a representation of who I am.”
The result is a collection of songs that resonate with honest emotion. A talented songwriter, Allen taps into that smoldering feeling of love and desire on “Burnin’” and revisits innocence lost in “Teenage Paradise.” “Wrong Ones” is about a doomed relationship that came from real life heartbreak. “There were so many things about it that were like everything I thought I wanted,” he says of that relationship, “but it was the wrong kind of love in so many ways.”
The First single “A Little Less Lonely” is an evocative look at two strangers trading isolation for a little comfort. It’s a perfect showcase for Allen’s earthy, honest vocals. “Nobody’s Watchin’” is an up-tempo rocker written by Allen, Greenberg and Blackmon that never fails to get audiences on their feet. Another crowd favorite is “Elvis Loves a Cadillac,” which features guest vocals Greenberg’s wife, Grammy winner Ashley Cleveland. “It’s got that ZZ Top rock feel and it’s one of our favorite songs to play out,” says Allen.
Allen will celebrate the EP release tonight with a special acoustic in-store performance at Lone Star Music in Gruene, TX. He will continue touring throughout Texas extensively this fall. For all tour dates and more information, please visit http:www.jeffallenmusic.com.
To request a copy of the EP or for a private media link to download the music, please contact Hayley Frank.
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