Raised at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Holly Renee Allen is the embodiment of Red Dirt and Appalachian music. Allen was born and bred from generations of country and bluegrass musicians and was raised on The Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, and Bob Dylan. As Allen works on her fifth studio album, Appalachian Piece Meal, she pulls from her greatest influences; the musicians in her family, and the sounds of the valley that made her the woman she is today.
Allen has played throughout the southeast and made a name for herself in songwriter circles in Texas and Atlanta, Georgia, playing such revered clubs as Smith’s Old Bar, Eddie’s Attic, and the Red Light Cafe. She’s had the good fortune of working with legendary producers Johnny Sanlin (Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic) and Marty Kearns (Shawn Mullins, Indigo Girls, Jennifer Nettles), as well as stellar musicians Bill Stewart, Pete Carr, David Hood, Spooner Oldham and Scott Boyer.
Allen is back in the studio this winter working on her newest album, Appalachian Piece Meal. The album bridges the gap between old time Bluegrass and Red Dirt Americana. It is a little this, a little that and a whole lot of heart. Holly Renee Allen pulls from her Blue Ridge roots, her family, and her friends to create the unique sound. “This current project started as something to bridge the gap between my music and my Dad’s music,” Allen commented of her current project, “It was to be called Appalachian Blue. As time went by my father’s cognitive issues prevented him from playing on the project the way I had hoped for. I ended up getting this friend and that friend and friends of friends to help me finish the project. Everyone brings a unique gift to the “table” so we’ve decided to call it Appalachian Piece Meal.”
An album that will engulf your spirit; Allen’s new collection of songs will transport you back to times gone by, leaving you feeling like you are on the front porch pickin’ and singin’ on a Satuday night as you glance a full moon high in the sky and hear the train whistle blow just a few miles up the old dirt road, whatever just happens to be in your cup strong enough to keep you smiling through the night.”
Allen’s latest single off the album is a song we all know and love, “Ring of Fire”, originally written by the incomparable June Carter Cash. In this soulful, fresh take on a classic, Holly Renee Allen embodies all of the femininity and desperate love of June Carter while holding steady with the vocal strength and musical integrity Johnny Cash first offered his wife’s composition.