Meeting, Watching Allen Stone Perform Live In Seattle

I can’t say I listen to a ton of soul music, but Allen Stone is definitely starting to push me into the soul scene. I was already a big fan of Stone before this week, but after meeting him and watching him perform live, I’m a huge fan of Allen Stone now.

Allen Stone Easy Street Records SeattleI just caught Allen Stone at a free in-store performance at Easy Street Records in Seattle. Even though it was a hot, crammed, little music store, it was an awesome atmosphere for a show. There were honestly no more than 350 people in the building, and Stone treated it like any other large venue he’s rocked. The store apparently told Stone he could only play for 30 minutes, but Stone says he told them “f%#@ that” and played for more than an hour and twenty minutes.

Stone played most of his own stuff  from his rereleased self-titled debut album (‘Celebrate Tonight‘, ‘Sleep‘, etc.), but he also strayed off the beaten path a couple of times. The first time Allen Stone covered ‘Six Years’ by Tingsek (a song that’s actually on his vinyl album), and the second time he rocked ‘Is This Love‘ by Bob Marley. Aside from the end of the show, Stone received his biggest ovation after ’Is This Love’. The crowd literally brought (or nearly brought) Stone to tears.

This is video I shot of Allen Stone rocking ‘Six Years’ at the performance…

I’ve listened to Allen Stone’s album too many times now (because it’s rad), but I honestly think Stone is even better live than he is on CD. You don’t lose anything in his live performance (the guy still has killer pipes) like you might with some musicians. In fact, I think you gain a lot watching Allen Stone live. His music has tons of feeling (as does most soul music — hence the name), but you can really see the feeling when Stone is on stage. Plus, it’s cool to see such a quirky dude rock a microphone.

Allen Stone keeps the crowd jamming throughout his show as well. Whether it was asking you to be background singers for ‘Say So’ (Say so! Say so! Say so!), grabbing a loved one for ‘Your Eyes’, or even forcing you to dance (he says it’s something he does at every show), Stone keeps you active during his performance. The best word to describe it — fun.

Tim Lewis KOMO Allen Stone Tove Tupper SeattleAfter the show Stone met with fans for pictures and autographs. He said he wanted to meet everyone — whether they wanted to hug him or slap him in the face. I didn’t wait for him after the show, because I actually ran into Allen Stone on the streets of Seattle. My friend Tove and I were strolling down 5th Avenue when we spotted Stone outside of a store. I’m not one to make a big deal about celebrities, but I have a mutual friend with Stone, so we went up to say hello. The guy is awesome. He’s just a normal dude who loves to sing. He’s definitely getting more popular though, because several people approached him on the street before and after us.

I have a feeling a year from now Allen Stone won’t be this easy to access. He’s now signed with Dave Matthew’s record label ATO Records, and his career is ready for take off. I can’t imagine Stone will be playing too many more music stores in Seattle anytime soon. It’s fun to meet/see a guy before he gets big — and BIG is definitely in Allen Stone’s future.

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New Music Discovery | Allen Stone

When you see Allen Stone you’ll likely ask, “Who in the world is this guy?!” But, when you hear Allen Stone sing you’ll say, “Holy cow (for lack of a better word)!” The Chewelah, Washington, native is taking the music world by storm, and there’s no slowing him down. If this is your introduction to Allen Stone — get used to hearing his name, because his music isn’t going away anytime soon.

Allen Stone Music | Capitol Hill Block Party

Allen Stone performs at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle

I’m not the only one who shares this opinion either. The New York Times says Allen Stone’s music “reaches back four decades to the late 1960s and early ’70s, when songwriters like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers brought introspection and social commentary to soul music.” While MTV bluntly says ”Allen Stone has the best effing voice I’ve ever heard, and there’s no two ways about it.” And that’s just scratching the surface. NPR, USA Today, Billboard and many others have also given Allen Stone rave reviews. Oh, yeah…he’s also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Conan.

Up until now, Allen Stone has created this success on his own. He released three albums by the time he was 24-years-old. His third album wasn’t out for more than 48 hours before it launched to No. 2 on the iTunes R&B/Soul chart. That was before he signed with a label — which is a different story now. Allen Stone recently signed with Dave Matthews’ label ATO Records. They’ve since taken Allen Stone’s song ‘Sleep‘ to the radio, and they’re re-releasing his already popular self-titled album on July 31st. Instead of just being on iTunes though, Allen Stone’s music will now be available in physical locations for the first time.

Even if you don’t like R&B or soul music; you have to listen to this. I hope you appreciate Allen Stone’s music as much as I do. Like I said before — it’s a very unique look with a very unique voice. Enjoy!

Pretty impressive, huh?!

Often credited for being from Seattle, Allen Stone was actually born in Chewelah (pronounced chew-EE-lah), a small town of about 1,500 people located in Eastern Washington (about 45 minutes north of Spokane). He began singing in his dad’s church, leading worship by the time he was 14. I actually learned about Allen Stone through a friend of mine that grew up with him in Chewelah. To say that there’s hometown pride is an understatement: I mentioned to a friend on Twitter the other day that Allen Stone is from Chewelah. Stone noticed the tweet and responded by simply saying, “CHEWELAHHHHHH”.

No matter where he’s from — it’s all about where Allen Stone is going. His music is ready for lift off, and we should all feel fortunate we’re along for the ride.

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