Charlie Allen is a Bristol, Tenn., native. He now lives in Nashville. He sings country music. And I like him. You can listen to his current single, “No Welcome Home,” by clicking here. This is a really good song, and it’s going to mean a lot to everyone who knows anyone who spent time in Vietnam. My brother was a Marine for four years, and he spent 18 months of that time in Vietnam.
Bristol has certainly given us a lot of country music history, with its annual Rhythm and Roots Festival, and nick name, The Birthplace of Country Music. Bristol was where Ralph Peer first recorded The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. And it’s not just the area that brings us a lot of country talent – it’s Charlie’s family, too. From a very young age, his bio tell us, Charlie and his brothers, William and Robert, learned from the best. Their Mom, Louise Bouton, was a regular on WCYB radio’s “Fun and Farm Time,” and she was a member of the Bristol Hall of Fame. His dad, Charles D. Bouton, was an artist manager.
His MySpace page tells us Charlie’s uncle, Jim Harless, was also in the music business in Ft. Worth, Texas. It was there, at age seven, that Charlie began to hone his skills as a singer and performer with his family at the legendary Panther Hall. The stage was his classroom, and his teachers were the pillars of Country music; Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Jr., Waylon Jennings, and Jerry Lee Lewis, are just a few of the touring performers that Charlie fronted for, and worked with. It was during this time that Allen signed his first recording contract with Decca Records
When he was 15, he and his brothers formed a band, and opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charlie Pride, and others, in addition to appearing on various television shows in the Bristol and Kingsport, Tenn. area.
His new album is called “That Was Then, This Is Now.” He’s got some cuts from the album up on his MySpace page. Listen to him – and close your eyes. He is such a traditional country singer. He’s going to remind you of someone different every time you hear him sing. I really like him. I hope we get to hear a lot more from this young man.
Oh, and he has something cool on that MySpace page, too. He has a list of telephone numbers that belong to just about every country station in the U.S. So now everyone can find the number to call and request his music. I love that.
You can catch Charlie in Manchester, Tenn., on July4, for their holiday celebration there. On July 9, he will be at Turtle Creek Casino in Traverse City, Tenn., and beginning Radi Tour Ireland on July 20. If I’m reading his schedule right, he will be in Ireland through Aug. 2, and at some of those shows, he will be opening for Randy Travis and Martina McBride, in Belfast.
Here’s one of Charlie’s videos – “See If I Care.” It’s from YouTube, and here are a few of the comments it got from people who viewed it are: “Wow, very emotional…come out of hiding Charlie and come into Tennessee or Kentucky so all of us can enjoy.” “what an emotional song and video. This video is awesome, you can tell he really gets into his songs. Keep up the awesome work that you do. When are you coming to the Knoxville, Tn. area? Would love to see you .” And on and on they go. Charlie obviously has a fan base out there.
I’ve got to get moving. I’ll talk to you all real soon. I should be able to answer e-mail later this evening, so hopefully I’ll get back to most of you then. Take care!