Darryl Worley, Charlie Allen, & Jim Brown in Concert
February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Darryl Worley: Through five albums and seventeen chart hits, Darryl Worley has produced one of the most impressive and wide-ranging catalogs in contemporary music. He has for ten years been a mainstay of modern country, a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter whose music has chronicled life, love and the world situation with equal facility.
Tickets are #32.00-$45.00
Charlie Allen: Bristol, Tennessee, is a town best known today for its motor speedway. But, historically, its real claim to fame is as the birthplace of modern country music for it was there that Ralph Peer first recorded The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers – creating what is today known as “the big-bang” of country music.
Charlie Allen was born in Bristol, Tennessee, into a family steeped in country music. Allen’s mother, Louise Bouton, was a regular on WCYB radio’s “Fun and Farm Time,” and she is a member of the Bristol Hall of Fame. His father, Charles D. Bouton, was an artist manager.
Singing and performing was the family business, and Allen and his brothers, William and Robert, learned from the best. Just as some mothers give their children toys, Allen’s mom gave him a broom and taught him to pretend that it was a microphone. Eventually, he learned to play the guitar, piano, steel guitar and drums. When most of his friends were getting on a school bus, Allen was getting on a tour bus.
Allen’s uncle, Jim Harless, was also in the music business in Ft. Worth, Texas. It was there at age seven with his family that Allen began honing his skills as a singer and performer 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. These are just a few of the touring performers that Allen fronted for and worked with. During this time Allen signed his first recording contract with Decca Records.
By age fifteen, Allen was fronting his own group, The Bouton Brothers. They appeared on various television shows in Bristol and Kingsport, opening for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charley Pride and others. He also hosted his own television show sponsored by Martha White.
Later on Allen was signed to Parc Records, an independent label and publishing company with offices in Orlando, Florida, and Nashville. Parc and their affiliate Parc Studios boasted a stellar list of clients such as The Backstreet Boys, ‘N Snyc, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey among others.
Commuting between Nashville and Orlando, Allen wrote and recorded many songs including “Better Said Than Done” co-written with Earl Thomas Conley. That song garnered Allen his first critical acclaim from Music Row’s toughest critic Robert K. Oermann who has been an ardent supporter ever since. He also made fans of the nationally syndicated radio show hosts John Boy and Billy who said, “We believe that Charlie is destined for stardom. He has a heart as big as Tennessee and a voice to match it.”
Presently, Allen is signed to indy label River Run Records and has recently completed the album “That Was Then, This Is Now.” His current single “See If I Care” is currently climbing the charts.
In a recent interview, Allen summed his career up: “When you write a song, especially when you have a ‘hook’ that speaks to people’s hearts, well, that’s the thing that keeps you going.”
It is this real and genuine down-to-earth attitude coupled with a phenomenal talent that will keep Charlie Allen’s voice on the radio for a long time to come.
The year 2009 was a banner year for Charlie Allen. The Manchester, Tennessee, native has seen his music gain acceptance around the world, and his media visibility has never been higher. In January 2009, he made a promotional appearance at MIDEM in Cannes, France, and performed an invitation-only showcase event at the Gibson Guitar Studio in London, England. He also celebrated his second #1 single in Europe. Mid-year he was a featured guest on a special Memorial Day edition of the FOX News show “Geraldo at Large” and prepared for his second appearance at the mega-festival “Bonnaroo”in June.
Allen’s new single “Proof” is from his CD “That Was Then, This Is Now” about which Music Row scribe Robert K. Oermann recently stated, “I have made no secret of my respect for this artist. He’s proudly country and this groove-saturated drinking song is one more feather in his cap.”
Jim Brown: Just as there are two sides to every story, there are “two sides” that motivate and inspire the kind of music I write and sing. When you come to one of my shows, you can expect to hear a range of music in style and emotion from the tender sentimental love song, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley or an edgy rocker like, “Take It Outside” by Brantley Gilbert.
I can remember sitting behind the drums in my Uncle’s rock and roll band when I was two years old and feeling, for the first time, a surge of energy being on stage. From that time on music became a part of my life. When I was three years old, my mother and father gave me my first guitar and I began a journey that has led me to where I am today.
While growing up I listened to Rock n’ Roll including, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Billy Joel, Kiss, Foreigner, Leonard Skynyrd, The Beatles, James Taylor, Ted Nugent and Peter Frampton, along with the country sounds of Johnny Cash, Keith Whitley, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. These early influences, along with today’s music of Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry and others, have molded the man I am and the music I sing today.
The first time I got on stage to sing was at the famous Nashville Palace when I was 19 years old. I remember how I felt looking at the audience and being nervous and excited all at the same time, telling myself to do the best I could and to just keep on going. At a later time, during a conversation with Barbara Mandrell, I asked her how she dealt with being on stage. She shared a quote that Minnie Pearl had given to her, “If you get up there on stage and love them, they will love you right back.” From that day forward I have thought about the power in those words; and, for the most part, when I perform on stage I feel comfortable and relaxed, like the stage is “my shower” and the audience is “my mirror.” I always look forward to engaging with my fans both on and off stage and giving back to them as much as I can.
The way I share my life stories through songwriting was influenced by “A Good Year for the Roses” and “It’s Midnight” by Jerry Chestnut, even before I picked up a pen to write my first song at the age of fifteen. I could relate to the lyrics in his songs and this made an impact on how I wanted to write songs. The lyrics in “The Dance” have also inspired me and kept me going. Knowing how much songs have touched my heart, I strive to write songs that tell stories about the everyday situations in our day to day lives that others can relate to. I recently released my 14 song album and am enjoying sharing songs from the talented writers who contributed to this project.
I will always be grateful to singer/songwriter Keith Whitley who helped me along the way with his encouragement and support. In pursuit of my dream, Keith opened many doors and introduced me to many people in the music business, which I appreciate and do not forget.
An experience along the way that has made a big difference in my life as to what I feel and consider important was in 1997, when I was working in Memphis and volunteered to read stories to the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To see what these kids go through and how they can still keep a smile on their faces and have hope is truly inspiring. This is one reason why when you come to a Jim Brown Band show you will see that we like to give back to a charity or someone in need. When you see children and families in these situations you come to find out what really matters. For me, being a good, single father, providing for my son, picking him up from school and spending time with him, is the most important thing in my life.
Reflecting on my journey through life and the music business, I have learned that you can’t please everyone, and you can’t change the way others feel about you, so be yourself. Equally meaningful and helpful for me to remember is that if you want something and you think it is within your reach, there is nothing that will hold you back, except yourself. In my life God is in control. I see doors open when our wants become other people’s needs. It is then we are truly blessed.
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Bristol, TN, 37620