Tuesday, April 3, 2012

You Should Know...Allen Stone- Toya

Allen Stone sangs. Not sings...SANGS. I mean doesn't it look like he is sangin' in the pic above? He doesn't play around.  I first got hip to him when a buddy of mine who keeps me up to speed with a lot of new music posted his killer song "Unaware" on my Facebook page:

*Hands raised at 4:03*

One of our most awesome readers, Alexis, hooked us up with tickets and soundcheck passes to go see Allen Stone when he played Nashville a few weeks back. Unfortunately I missed soundcheck but I made it just in time to meet him.  He's such a sweet guy.

Now if you've been reading this blog long enough you know that Tia usually writes our music reviews. Tia couldn't make it because she was out of town so I did my best to ask some Tia type questions. However I got easily distracted by one of his answers (which is why she is way better at this than I am).  After he told me that he was opening up for the Dave Matthews Band this summer, I asked him what he was doing prior to playing our city:

Me: "So where were you before you pulled into Nashville?"
Allen Stone: "Well not too long ago I did Live from Daryl's House and..."
Me: "Wait what????"

Yeah I forgot all of my questions after that. And while I was tempted, no I did not ask him for Daryl Hall's address. Speaking of being tempted, how distracting is his drummer? Good grief!

Again, it was a really good show and we had a blast.  If you ever get a chance to catch Allen Stone live, please do.  And speaking of Daryl Hall, Allen and Sharon Jones (of Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings) will be joining him on a short Live from Daryl's House tour this month.  Not bad for an indie artist, right?  For more on Allen Stone, his music and tour dates, check out www.allenstone.com.


Alexis said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the show! I was so bummed I couldn't make it, but best believe I won't miss him when he comes Jacksonville next month!

And if you can get through his episode of Live at Daryl's House without passing out, you are a much better person than I :)

ToyaBGLU said...

Daryl Hall's hair gives me so much life!!!

lalaG said...

OMG we were just talking about him at work a few days ago! My friend had never heard of the term "blue eyed soul" and then we started talking about this guy! He is awesome

Unknown said...

Awesome! Allen is so sweet and humble! I can't believe I didn't hear about him until a few days ago! He's got such a soulful sound that usually comes with years of experience and he's a 20-something year old. I was blown away. And the shirtless drummer!!! My cousin had me looking for a sharpie in my purse for five minutes to tell me her ridicoulous idea of a joke: "write your number on your shirt and give it to him! And maybe you could quote "Call Me Maybe" when you give it to him. He really looks like he needs your shirt." har, har. The band was just as bad as Allen. I was pleasantly surprised that evening and excited to learn of a great up and coming artist that night.