Brian Allen - My Story
Hailing from Columbus, Indiana, Brian started playing the bass at age eleven. His playing won him several awards throughout high school, including the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz award. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute. There he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and also won the outstanding student of the year.
Since graduating, Brian has performed a diverse range of live shows as well as recording sessions. His playing spans the musical spectrum from jazz to rock and everything in between. Brian plays all types of basses, from a standard four string to a six string fretted and fretless. He also plays upright bass and cello.
Some of the artists he has toured and/or recorded with:
Jonathan Davis, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Lone Bellow, Brandi Carlile, Lori Mckenna, Brent Cobb, Beth Hart, Jason Isbell, Keb Mo, Ashley Monroe, Robben Ford, Christopher Cross, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Sturgill Simpson, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson, Ben Hoffman, Brett Dennon, Shooter Jennings, Dolly Parton, Lindi Ortega, Kristen Diable, Holly Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Miss Willie Brown, Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), Secret Sisters, Katherine Mcphee, Sara Bareilles, John Scofield, Greg Adams, Natalie Cole, Minnie Driver, East Bay Soul, Four Tops, Temptations
Brian was on staff at the world famous Musicians Institute (MI) for ten years. There he taught private lessons and live playing workshops covering all styles of music. He has taught clinics and performance seminars in Japan and South Korea for MI.
You can even catch Brian on screen playing upright bass in the 2003 movie “A Mighty Wind” starring Christopher Guest. He was the house bass player for VH1’s, The Making Of The Partridge Family in 04′.
Brian is currently based in Nashville TN and keeps a busy schedule of recording and touring. www.brianallenonbass.com
What a career ! Love your work with Robben Ford and have had the pleasure to meet you and talk to you on your appearances at The Narrows in Fall River, MA.
Your playing has inspired me and I look forward to hearing more from you! You are a good guy too!
Thanks Ray! Hope to see you in the near future.
Go Brian! So proud of you. Always knew you were destined for greatness.
Brian, I saw you with Robben Ford last night in Atlanta and your performance blew me (and the rest of the audience) away. Look forward to you returning to the ATL in the future. Best of luck!!