Some folks' paths are determined for them before they are old enough to wonder what their paths should be. Such is the case with Allen Thompson. Thompson has been singing and telling stories for longer than he can remember. Judging by the responses to his albums and live performances, he won't be stopping anytime soon. Audiences from South Carolina to California and many points in between are falling in love with his mournful vocals and honest turns of phrase.
Allen's songwriting and performing abilities have been recognized and applauded by Relix Magazine, American Songwriter, Jambands.com, and even CMT.
?I'm excited to see my music getting such a great response from people. When I made my last record (2009's 26 Years), I was afraid to put it out. It's nice to know folks out there understand what I'm doing. It's also very surprising. I didn't expect the record to elicit much of a reaction from anyone. I thought it was too personal, too real,? he chuckles.
?Then again, the artists who inspired me made personal music for themselves and their friends with little concern for whether or not it would have mass appeal. I couldn't see myself doing this for any reason other than to say the things I feel I need to say.?
It is precisely that attitude that draws listeners to Allen's music. Thompson was born to tell a story. The first time you hear his sweet, soulful voice sail through one of his songs like the wind whistling through the mountains, you'll want to listen again and again to the stories he is telling.