“If you miss the straight talking side of Jeff Tweedy…you’ll want to get to know Chris Allen.” Bud Scopa, Paste Magazine
Chris Allen is an acclaimed songwriter from Cleveland, OH, and front man for
the alt-rocking band Rosavelt. Said producer Don Dixon to the Plain Dealer about Allen, "Chris Allen is the most underrated songwriter in the country. People like Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams ought to be hiding outside his house going through the trash for his cast off material.”
His band Rosavelt garnered much local and national acclaim in the late 90’s with their 4 releases, including the Sony Red Eye national release of The Story of Gasoline which received 4 stars in Paste Magazine.
From 2006 to present Allen has also released 4 solo albums, including the latest Everything Changes But the Rodeo (2014), available on vinyl, CD and all digital outlets. The album was produced by Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens), it was recorded in upstate New York and features Tom Prebish (Rosavelt/The Ohio City Singers) on bass and Mark Stepro (Ben Kweller/Jakob Dylan/Gavin DeGraw/Keith Urban) on drums.
From No Depression regarding The Rodeo:
“The album opens up with the radio friendly "It's Too Late to Cry" that will immediately hook the listener followed by a gorgeous ballad "Words On a Page" that will reel you in. Rain from the front porch adds sound effects to "Summer Never Came" and "Waiting On the Night to Come" will have the listener singing along. "You Gotta Run" is an upbeat rocker that flows into "Second Life Starts" where moving forward back in time, sooner or later it all collides. A gritty lead guitar rips through the rocking single "Only One First Love" and the country laced "Lucero" offers some beautiful harmonies with a touch of that western guitar riff in the bridge.” Jay Minkin
Allen is also the founder of the all-original holiday band the Ohio City Singers, co-founder of the rowdy Irish band The Boys From The County Hell, and has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively as a guitarist for renowned singer-songwriter Tim Easton.
He co-wrote the 2014 Walkin’ Cane album One Heart Walkin’ that was nominated for the 2015 Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards for “Best New Artist Album.” Allen’s current touring band the Guilty Hearts features: Tom Prebish (Bass), Fred Perez-Stable (Drums), and Al Moss (Pedal Steel).