Raised at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Holly Renee Allen is the embodiment of Red Dirt and Appalachian music. Allen was born and bred from generations of country and bluegrass musicians and was raised on The Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, and Bob Dylan. As Allen works on her fifth studio album, Appalachian Piecemeal, she pulls from her greatest influences, the musicians in her family, and the sounds of the Valley that made her the woman she is today.
Allen has played throughout the southeast. She has made a name for herself in songwriter circles in Texas and Atlanta, Georgia, playing such revered clubs as Smith’s Old Bar, Eddie’s Attic, and the Red Light Cafe. She’s had the good fortune of working with legendary producers Johnny Sanlin (Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic) and Marty Kearns (Shawn Mullins, Indigo Girls, Jennifer Nettles), as well as stellar musicians Bill Stewart, Pete Carr, David Hood, Spooner Oldham and Scott Boyer.
Appalachian Piecemeal bridges the gap between old time bluegrass and red dirt Americana, with a little this, a little that and a whole lot of heart! There is an authenticity pulsing through every song as Holly Renee Allen pulls from her Blue Ridge roots, her family and friends ... it feels like you are on the front porch listening to a Saturday night picking’ ... maybe the moon is high and a train whistle blows in the distance and whatever is in your cup is just enough to keep you smiling.
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