The River of Calm - Beyond The Music Podcast - featuring guitarist Lance Allen

April 25, 2019
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The River of Calm’s Beyond The Music Podcast takes an up close and personal look at guitarist and composer Lance Allen.

Native of western Kentucky, Lance has been known to traditionally use a thumb-pick when playing and writing music on guitar. Some of his earliest influences on guitar are Phil Keaggy, Tommy Emmanuel, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and Eric Johnson. Dan Allen, Lance's father, was influential in getting Lance started on guitar. It was a Saturday morning ritual for Lance to show up to Randall Meade's house for a guitar lesson. Sometimes $5 and a 6 pack of Bud (provided by his dad) would get Lance an hour lesson, learning riffs from rock bands such as Metallica, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton. Not long after his earliest motivation on guitar, he discovered Stevie Ray Vaughn's style of playing. This influence had him playing nonstop. After a big move in Lance's teenage years, he began to study guitar with Jimmy Felts of Piqua, Ohio. Jimmy introduced Lance to playing guitar with fingers. At that point, Lance's admiration for finger style guitar began.

Lance studied the art of recording music at Middle Tennessee State University. During his tenure there he began writing instrumental guitar ideas and began recording them. After collecting enough material, in 2006, he released his first solo guitar CD, "Sometime in Life'. From then he continued to write new music and release more albums, all while running a successful guitar lesson business, which he continues to operate. 

PS - Lance is an Eagle Scout!

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The River of Calm Beyond The Music Podcast Episode #6

Artist: Lance Allen
Host: Ed Bazel
Producer: Eric Bikales

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