Sharon Allen loves to sing. And people love to hear her songs. She possesses a beautiful, unaffected voice that is gentle and sweet on the ear. So why did it take 20 years for her to release her debut solo album, “Along The Way”? Maybe because time reveals the singer’s song, and some voices are discovered, along the way, through a life fully lived.
Sharon’s musical path started in Maryland, amongst a family of fireside musicians. The calling was in her blood, and she found her way, dancing, singing, clogging and picking to California, where, for many years, she fronted a blues rock band with then-husband Allen Frank and The Firebirds. Working with B.B. King, Etta James, Robben Ford, Elvin Bishop, and Lonnie Mack only honed Sharon’s musical chops. Ten years ago Allen found her writer’s voice and an ongoing collaboration with the Sherry Austin band gave her a renewed appreciation of acoustic music. She found her natural home in the folk music family of California’s central coast. Some of her current collaborations are with Sherry Austin with Henhouse and Sharon Allen and The Dusty Boots. You can also find her singing as a duo with Jimmy Norris (drums; percussion).
On “Along The Way”, Allen’s story emerges through her own songs, and she gives new voice to the great works of Townes Van Zandt, Eddie and Billy Joe Shaver, and Kate Wolf.
Sharon Allen and the Dusty Blues
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Her honey-sweet and ginger spice voice makes you want to live in the country folk tune she is singing…..
~ Tom Miller, Concert Programmer,
Don Quixote’s Music Hall
Sharon Allen is way up high in the list of sweet voiced singers. If you want to sit back and listen to some unpretentious music that is beautiful and lasting this is it.
~ Sleepy John Sandidge, KPIG Radio
Sharon Allen has recorded a wonderful new album that mixes classic covers (Townes, Kate Wolf, Billy Joe Shaver, Delaney and Bonnie) with her own original songs. Her voice is fully her own, with a pleasing timbre and just the right amount of twang. Beautifully recorded acoustic arrangements complement her effortless, understated vocals. Well done, Sharon and friends…
~ Andrew Hardin
These gals don’t cluck around! They lay it all out for you and it’s more like a powerhouse than a henhouse. Quite a coup (coop) for Fiddling Cricket to be able to book them!
~ Dick Brundle, Fiddling Cricket