Robert Allen is songwriter, singer, arranger and producer on his tracks. He takes those melodies and lyrics bouncing around his soul, heart and mind and arranges them into compositions with tones of country, rock, blues and jazz. And he adds the finishing touches with incredible musicians. His music will move you, make you dance, bring a smile to your face and maybe a tear to your eye.
Im Robert Allen. I sing, write music and play about a dozen different instruments some better than others. It all started in New London, CT at age 7 singing Happy Trails To You in the school talent show.
By the time I was 16 my best buddies and I had formed East Hampton, CTs proverbial high school band. As The Specials we played at all the local school dances and I even persuaded the movie theater owner to let us play between matinees on the weekend. That was definitely a first in out town!
Then came the stint in the U.S. Navy and I formed The Signalmen. The ships captain liked the band so well he arranged for us to perform before officials and dignitaries in Italy, Subic Bay, Hong Kong, China, Spain, Africa and Hawaii.
After the Navy I spent several years on Staten Island performing with The Country Echoes. Just before going on a live radio broadcast the DJ realized he had trouble pronouncing my name. He asked who my favorite guitar player was and I replied that it was Duane Eddy. He said, Good. For today your name is Bob Dwayne. And it stuck!
The call of Nashville came next. While there I formed and fronted The Bob Dwayne Show, Red Hot Ricochet Band and Connection. We played country, top 40, southern rock, oldies and threw in some blues. Between the last two bands, I spent about three years fronting for Grand Ole Opry artist Stonewall Jackson. I performed at all the major (and some not so major) clubs in and around Nashville and did demo work at four different well-known studios. And I was on the road a lot; all over the country.
Then it was on to the Atlanta area where I re-claimed my real name. After performing with Class Reunion for a while, I formed Robert Allen & Co. and began playing locally. Then I went on an extended USO tour entertaining in Turkey, Italy, Greece and Spain. After returning I assisted at a recording studio doing everything from administration to demos. I finally took the opportunity to stay put and record some of the material Ive written over the years. And I was able to help promote others! I co-produced, co-edited, directed, and hosted Songwriters, a 30 minute Atlanta area community access TV show featuring unsigned songwriters of all genres.
Now Im back in the Nashville area making more music and loving it!
DJs are playing my songs on about 100 stations in the U.S. and in these countries: Australia, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, England, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Norway, Scotland, Malta, and Japan.
My original songs have been licensed for the movies Coney Island Baby and Val Kilmers Conspiracy, the DVD release of the television series The Fall Guy Season 1, and by Showtime, A&E, Discover Channel, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, and others.
I mostly play private functions now. Special moments? Yeah, there are several of them. I fronted for Grand Ole Opry member Stonewall Jackson for a few years. I performed in Italy, Subic Bay, Hong Kong, China, Spain, Africa, Hawaii, Turkey, Greece and Spain. But the most special moment had to be when Roy Acuff invited me to have sardines and crackers with him in his dressing room at the Opry.
Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Duane Eddy, The Beatles, Hank Williams Sr., Jim Reeves, Waylon Jennings