Jason Allen

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True to its title, The Twilight Zone represents a turning point of sorts for Jason Allen. It's his first studio album for Smith Music, the label, run by his friend Frank Jackson, that released 2006's Liveat Gruene Hall, and he wrote all but two of the songs. "This record is a good reflection of who I am as an artist/songwriter," he says."The others [2003's Something I Dreamed and 2005's Wouldn't It Be Nice] were too, but this one is digging a little deeper." Twilight Zone marks Allen's first time as co-producer; he and partner Tommy Detamore cut the album in three weeks at Detamore's Cherry Ridge Studio outside Flooresville, "down a long dirt road in thewoods, just like I like it," Allen says. "Although we did have a squirrel try to get in on the record - I'm not sure if he made it or not." Allen responded well to working with Detamore. "I learned a lot hanging out with Tommy," he says. "When I write a song, I always like to imagine what it would sound like with a full production behind it. This time I got to try a few different things to see which way I likeit best - it's like having a kid and being able to dress it too." Some songs on Twilight Zone, like "I Can't Let You Go" and "Elvis Tonight," draw as much from '50s and '60s rock and R&B as much as country, and Allen agrees, citing favorites like Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly and more contemporary inspirations such as Dwight Yoakam and Jim Lauderdale. Other songs are deeply personal - Allen wrote "He's Still Dancing With Her" after watching his dad on the dance floor one night, dancing to a song he and Allen's late mother used to dance to, and called on his father-in-law to help him finish "You Make My World Go Round." "I wasn't sure what else there was left to say," Allen says, "[but] he got excited when he heard what I had and started coming up with lines, and it just flowed from there." Although he didn't write Twilight Zone's title track, it has a long history with Allen's family nevertheless. "A guy by the name of Donald Overstreet wrote it when he was in prison; he was married to my aunt at one time," he says. "My dad learned it from him and added his own touch to it; now, fifty something years later, here it is. It traveled a long way to get here." Allen's other cover is Stevie Wonder's 1984 smash "I Just Called to Say I Love You" done as a full-bore honky-tonk two-step. "I loved the song as a kid, and if you listen to the words, it's a true country song," he says. "I just had to do it." "For me, [the album] is like turning on the radio and finding a station you want to hear," Allen adds. "I found mine." Twilight Zone is also Allen's first album since he and wife, Holly, became first-time parents, welcoming daughter Star Marie into the world this past January. Being a father has already changed the way Allen feels about touring; "I want to get home as fast as I can these days," he says. It's also cut into his fishing time - one of Allen's best-loved songs is his "John Boat Blues," and he's even got a spot on his website for fans to post photos of their catches - but that, he hopes, is only temporary: "I can't wait to teach her how to fish." And his first bit of fatherly advice? "Keep that line in the water, sweetheart," he says. "Patience."
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Average Rating : 4.8              Total Reviews: 67

Jason Allen  08/05/2012            
Wonderfull album "Lovin you". Jason is even greater on each album
Jason Allen  10/24/2009            
Harry Still
Jason and the band put on a great show last in Crosby at Frenz. The band sounded fantastic and the boy is one heck of a talented guitar picker. His music is a combination of country, blues, 50's and 60's with a little "South of the Border" thrown in on occasion. He's a fine young man and a pleasure to meet. Very polite and thankful for all that came to see him.
Jason Allen  10/13/2009            
I have never seen him before but caught him this past weekend. GREAT show, haven't danced that much in years!!!
Jason Allen  09/03/2009            
Joe Fish - BBC Radio UK
This is a wonderful album which will appeal to fans of traditional or modern music. Can't stop playing it....it really is that good!
Jason Allen  08/11/2009            
I found the Twilight Zone album off of ITunes and since I have downloaded it, I can't stop playing it. If it was vinyl it would be worn out. Where has Jason been? This guy needs to be promoted, and given air time. Honestly, I hope he is making another album as I will definitely buy it.
Jason Allen  07/23/2009            
George Price
Jason, Would'nt it be nice and Kickapoo creek was outstanding, I remenber him singing this song in 1995 at Murphy's in Onalska, Texas. Let hope he finally get a break....CMT wake up.....the man Great
Jason Allen  03/28/2009            
jason was great lastnight at stewarts night life in dayton! i was able to get on stage and sing with him! hes a nice guy and his music is country to tha core!
Jason Allen  03/23/2009            
DJ Charlie
Great CD Buy It To Day You Wont Be Sorry and Jason Is Playing Here Jason Allen Band Friday March 27, 2009 Stewart's Night Life 8040 Hwy. 321 Dayton,Texas 77535 936-258-0609
Jason Allen  01/15/2009            
Jason, I Love "The Twilight Zone" You really out did yourself on this one my Friend. Hurry Back to the Longhorn Saloon in Bandera! We all miss you! Take Care and Good Luck
Jason Allen  11/20/2008            
Ms Rhonda
Thanks for bringing it home for me with your uplifting and awesome music! I have listened to every word on your CD (over and over)and truly love it. Seeing you and your band made the trip all worth it to me! So sorry I didn't see the whole show. Got your schedule now and will see you again shortly. By the way your rating is totally off the charts with me!!!
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