I started playing drums at a young age. My first gigs were as the host drummer at Blues Jams – where I learned how to improvise, think fast, and play many styles of music. After that I spent many years learning the studio, doing demos and recording friends and myself, until along came the “Whitfield-Ward Band.”
This band played our bar years, then private functions all over the country. Our first record was recorded in Nashville and Aspen, CO – produced by Jon McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A fun thing about this band is we were friends with Tanya Tucker – when she was in our town she would come to our gigs and jam with us all the time. This developed into Whitfield-Ward Band opening for her on several shows, and then she helped the band appear on television. The band was on “Hee-Haw” on primetime TV, got radio airplay all over the country, and we were written up in Billboard Magazine as the “best new act with a brand new sound.” Jim Guercio used to enjoy sitting in and playing with us a lot. He was the producer of Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears, and was the founder and creator of Country Music Television – and the owner of the famous recording studio Caribou Ranch in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. He is quite a guy!
That band became the “The Smokehouse Band” and went on to do 3 more albums, and collaborated and performed with Brent Rowan on guitar (multi-time awarded Guitar Player of the Year, by the Country Music Association).
Around that time I was also a member of “Diego’s Diner” a popular L.A.-based Blues and Rock band, featuring Tommy Mars on keyboards (long-time Frank Zappa Band member) and the band leader Ron “Diego” Johnston on guitar. Ron is an awesome, versatile guitar-stringer who played with everybody! Diego’s Diner recorded 4 albums, got some good airplay on the radio, and appeared on the feature film soundtrack of the Michael Keaton comedy “The Dream Team.”
I was also the orchestra pit drummer for the award-winning and internationally-known Missoula Children’s Theatre, and other major theatre companies. Here I performed many standards including Evita, West Side Story, Music Man, etc. That work contributed greatly to my chart-reading.
About this time I wrote (along with my friend Ronny Lapine) and produced “Heart Full Of Rain” the title track to the CBS Television Movie of the same name. That project was a blast because we did it all at my home studio, and the Director accepted my mix exactly as I submitted it!
I began to step out front more playing the guitar and the harmonica. I have always dearly loved the blues, and began to get more actively involved with being in a blues band of my own. During this time I owned a recording studio where I performed on and produced many projects over the years. Having a studio really helped me develop into being in front of the blues band. The Allen-Lamun Band is the culmination of writing and becoming the blues band I always hoped for.
Recently, in January of 2014, I was very fortunate and happy to get to do a recording project and concert with Philip Hernandez, Broadway star of Les Miserables, and Jeremy Wall the founder and piano genius of Spyro Gyra. Along with Tim Cunninham on stand-up bass, we created a concert and a studio CD in 8 days. What a week that was!!
I am very happy my current band, the Allen-Lamun Band is being well-received and we are getting a lot of airplay, both in the US and Internationally.