Thomas Allen
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ABOUT

I moved to the area from Northern California ten years ago. I have professional equipment and a fairly easy going attitude. I was told by a good friend that I'm a Hammond purist, and he's probably right. I still use my B3 for large shows and studio work. However, I have found that it is impossible to use a 350lb Hammond organ on a regular basis, so a number of years back I crossed the threshold into the virtual world.

Since moving to Kentucky I've had the pleasure of working with some great folks including the Kentucky Headhunters, Cantageus, The Underdogs, Nightfish, The Old Spirits and Vince Dodd


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BIO
I started playing the Hammond and piano with High School friends in 1973. After HS I continued to play with various Sacramento bands until founding the "Ian Shelter" Band with friends. The band was a popular fixture on the Sacramento club scene in the late 70's and early 80's, releasing a debut album simply titled "Ian Shelter" in 1979.

For more than a decade I played with a variety of Northern CA blues artists including the late Yvonne Rose, The FBI Band, The Linda Bracamonte Band, Marshal Law and Joel Ray Hensley. My Hammond and piano can be found on numerous projects as well as a solo CD titled B3 Blues.

Screen name:
Thomas Allen
Member since:
Apr 29 2011
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
45
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Days

Influences

Too many to mention here, but the top of my list would be
Jimmy Smith
Gregg Rolie
and the highly under-rated Gregg Allman

Instrument experience:

Keyboard:
Expert
Piano:
Expert
Vocalist:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

Hammond B3
Leslie 142
Leslie 122RV
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Yamaha S80
Nord Electro 6D
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Mackie
X-Air 18
Hartke
QSC Amps
JBL Cabinets
Various microphones and DI's
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5x8 Cargo Trailer to haul gear

MUSIC

CALENDAR

Past Events

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