Thursday, February 23, 2017

Introducing Mike Allen

We live in a time where there aren’t many real things left. It’s a world of man-made islands, factory farming, social media instead of social interaction...and prepackaged music that is as disposable as yesterday’s newspaper. For some, that’s fine. For others, there still has to be an honesty to what they do.

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a list of songs that tell of love found and lost, old outlaws seeking redemption, gamblers, wild women, obsession, jealousy...stories of desolation and hope dealt with through heartbreak and humor. Stories delivered in a way that people can find pieces of themselves in.

Mike’s music is real, pure and honest, whether he is singing and writing about a love gone wrong, finding a new one, or the pitfalls of everyday life and many different life situations, one thing is for sure, everyone will love Mike's songs. You only have to listen to his warm, tender voice, influenced by great Texas performing songwriters like Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Bruce Robison Rodney Crowell, Hayes Carll and many others, to know this is pure, honest music from the heart.

It is the personal connection found in his songs that Mike strives for. There was one particular case that touched him deeply. A woman waiting for a heart transplant wrote of a song about a crippled rodeo cowboy seeking something to believe in, “Mike, ‘Live For Today’ is a great song!”

Since becoming a professional musician at 16 in 1976, Mike has called the road home for most of his life. He has a strong background as a lead guitarist in Blues, Southern Rock, Country and Country Rock, performing with, or opening for, many top billed acts such as BB King, Albert Collins, SRV, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Watson, Toby Keith, The Dixie Chicks ... but its the song that drives him. Mike had his first song recorded in 1984, Whiskey and Tears, and has been an ASCAP writer and publisher since 2001. Mike has 4 CD's out, Good For Something released in 2000, A Mile Of Bad Track in 2014, Pieces Of Me in 2016.

Get acquainted with Mike Allen on ReverbNation, Facebook,  Mikes Website, and YouTube.

Watch for release of  Mike's lastest
CD "Texas Soul" March 1, 2017.  Check it out here!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

20th Annual Singers/Songwriters for St.Jude

20th Annual Singers/Songwriters for St.Jude Benefit Show

Saturday, September 10, 2016 

3 pm - 11:30 pm

The Stem & Stein, Madison, AL
10871 County Line Rd # B, Madison, AL 35758

The 20th Annual Singer/Songwriter's for St. Jude Children's Hospital was created by Del McGee as THE Ultimate St. Jude fundraiser, showcasing the talents of local songwriters of North Alabama. This year is special as we mark the 20th year of this event for the children of St. Jude. The  goal for this 20th annual show is $20,000 - and there is  a benefactor who will match donations to help reach that goal! So, come on and help to reach that goal!

Please invite everyone you 
know to contribute to finding the cure for childhood cancer. Check out the The Singers/Songwriters for St.Jude website to learn more about these outstanding artists who are donating their time, talent and money for this cause. 

If you can't join us for this event, please open your hearts and your pockets and donate. Regardless of who you are and where you are located, you can also be a part of this terrific show and worthy cause. All funds raised and matched will go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.No expenses are taken from money raised!  Money donated to the hospital is used for research, paying for treatment and housing for families who are staying with the patients. No one pays for treatment. 

Live Streaming on YouTube
This year, the plan is to live stream the show on YouTube. Click 

Either way, join us at Stem and Stein or the live stream on Youtube, but however you join us, please join us with a donation!