Allen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and first started playing guitar at age 15. As a teen, Allen was greatly influenced by his musically talented family, which includes his uncle, Grammy winner, Gold album recipient and West Coast Blues Hall of Fame inductee (Guitarist) David “Dynamite” Vega of Graham Central Station fame. Soon Allen developed a powerful blues guitar style, and began appearing at Bay Area jam nights.
At age eighteen Allen joined his first professional band, Jack Rudy and The Blues Voodoo’s playing throughout Northern California. They won the west coast “Best Unsigned Band” contest at JJ’s Blues in Mountain View. Allen began making a name for himself within the local blues scene while with the Blues Voodoo’s
In 1987 Allen formed Smokin’ Gun, a powerful blues trio. Smokin’ Gun went on to win BAM (Bay Area Music) Magazine’s Battle of the Bands, being chosen over 50 other bands. This win led them to opening for such acts as Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, Edgar Winter, Leon Russell, Lowell Fulson, Lenny Williams, J.J. Malone, Cool Papa, and many others.
In 1993 Allen joined with Frankie Lee (a.k.a. Little Frankie Lee), a noted San Francisco Bay Area soul and blues artist on the road. As bandleader and music director for the Frankie Lee Band, he showed his capacity as he played his way criss-crossing the United States and Canada for five years. He not only showcased his powerful lead work, but he showed his sensitivity while backing a singer and provided leadership while maintaining a high standard of musicianship. Allen’s powerful show openers and endless energy-packed finales caught the attention of many. His showmanship, stage presence, and his playing ability reflect the influences of Albert Collins, Albert King and Freddie King.
While with Frankie Lee, Vega shared the bill with such fabulous acts as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Bobby Murray, Sonny Rhodes, Lucky Peterson, Luther Allison, Kenny Neil, Coco Montoya and many others. He played such venues as Antone’s, House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Morganfield’s, B.B. King’s, and many many festivals, including the Monterey Bay Blues Festival and Portland’s waterfront Blues festival performing for a crowds of over 40,000 people.
In late 1997 Vega left the Frankie Lee Band to develop and present his own music as singer, songwriter and guitarist. Appearing at local Bay Area blues clubs. Allen was also regularly working and recording with Bay Area Blues Legend, J.J. Malone.
After touring for nearly ten years Allen settled in Livermore California with his wife to raise their family only performing at private events and local clubs. For the past couple of years Allen has teamed up with recording artist Big
Cat Tolefree and has been tearing up the Blues scene performing at most of the major festivals and venues throughout California and even opening for the Legendary B.B. King at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Ca. Allen’s passion for the blues proved too powerful for him to hold back. Recently Vega said good bye to BC and has formed a powerful cast of musicians portraying Allen’s excitement for the blues, bringing back energy and tunes that have not been played for years. Allen is looking to soon release his second album featuring Vega’s long love for the blues. Soon Allen will once again be expanding his playground to include the States, Canada, Europe and wherever Blues Festivals may lead him.
Knaggs Guitars was founded in 2009 by World renowned designer and luthier Joe Knaggs and Branding/Marketing expert Peter Wolf, two well respected industry veterans with a vast history and experience in their respective fields.
All designs/creations are named after American Indian river names. Chesapeake line models Choptank, Severn, Potomac & Patuxent are named after tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay while the Influence line Kenai, Keya, Chena, Sheyenne are named after rivers in North America.
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“Brown-eyed Country Soul”
A mix of soul, country, and R&B, Jerry Adam’s music is singular among today’s vast music scene. Adams’ smooth personality is exemplified by his continually evolving sound with influences he attributes to The Temptations, Marvin Gay, and Otis Redding. He refers to his timbre as “brown-eyed country soul”. Growing up in Cleveland County, NC, Adams molded his voice while singing to himself in hot cotton fields and participating in local talent competitions. Many of his family members were in the entertainment industry themselves, and Adams says this played a big role in his attraction to the music business. His mother, Ruby Guyton Adams, sang in church choirs and his father Odell Adams, played a
role in the gospel movement in the South. Adams himself now has eight children and holds tight to strong family values.
In 2005 Adams quit his job as an independent paralegal to pursue his dream as a performer. After frequently performing at school functions through elementary and high school, and occasionally singing at night clubs – “when his mama gave me permission”, laughs Adams- the singer/songwriter tapered off his musical endeavors. During and after his time attending Gardner-Webb University, Adams made very few performances, but was eventually called back by the allure of the stage. He hopes to one day walk the red carpet at the Grammys, and sing with a few stars along the way.
In May, Adams performed at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC and was asked by the crowd and venue owners to return in June as the headliner. Adams currently has three original tracks and one full length album released titled “Send a Letter”. He has performed several of his songs for “Cleveland County Idol Search” and is preparing for more performances in the future. On June 15th, Jerry was selected to perform at the 2013 Pop Rock Country Extravaganza in Charlotte, NC. In regards to his accomplishments, Adams laughs and says, “I just sing”.
Among a multiple choice of music styles, Dot Legacy, not wanting to know where to stand, decides to dig in them all while keeping a solid rock ‘n’ roll base.
These four young french rockers make you jump between Stoner, Noise and even Post-Rock, often using wild or sophisticated subgenres absolved from meaning whatsoever. They fought to find a unique mark and sound plus developed a stage act worth skipping bowling, between And So I Watch You From Afar and Health.
From skeletons to lost souls, with only one song they make you whizz, buzz, fuzz.
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Since their first performance in LA in early 2001 and the release of their first full-length CD, Baby Kisses, on the Minneapolis-based Heart of a Champion label in 2003, Qui (pronounced, “Qui,”) maintained a prodigious pace of both local performances and national tours. Their idiosyncratic blend of punk, noise, and rock punctuated with avant-garde weirdness, coupled with their advanced musical prowess earned them a reputation for intense and often-times antagonistic shows.
In late 2006, Qui had the serendipitous good fortune to collaborate with vocalist David Yow of The Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid fame, first as a guest and eventually as a full-time member. Shortly thereafter, the trio released the single, “Today, Gestation” b/w “Freeze” on the Los Angeles-based Infrasonic Sound Recordings label. After a brief spring tour and two acclaimed performances at the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, TX, Qui partnered up with Mike Patton and Greg Werckman’s Ipecac Recordings, for their second full-length release entitled, Love’s Miracle, which was released on September 11, 2007. With it came a full tour of the US and Canada, followed by a trip to the UK and Europe.
After returning home from Europe in Dec of 2007, both Yow and Cronk were hospitalized with life-threatening medical conditions and were forced to cancel a planned Spring tour. The band spent the first half of 2008 licking its collective wounds and were back in action by August with a make-up tour of Europe.
In October of 2008 Qui played what would be their last two shows in the US for the next four years; at Spaceland in Los Angeles and Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco with The Heroine Sheiks. During the next six months they began recording the follow-up to “Love’s Miracle.” The sessions resulted in The Little Golden Blanket, a limited edition seven-inch featuring two new songs, released in May 2009 on Infrasonic Sound Recordings.
In 2009 Qui was invited to play at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead, England, along with Devo, Sleep, HEALTH, Harvey Milk, and for the first time in ten years, The Jesus Lizard. The rest of the year had Yow’s calendar full with The Jesus Lizard’s highly anticipated reunion tour, during which time Christensen focused on two new musical projects; the rock band, Help, and his staggering country/jazz/bossa nova duo, Paulene. Cronk, following a generations-old family tradition, enlisted in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq where he would serve in an elite Special Forces unit until the end of his tour of duty in 2011.
Yow has kept busy since the conclusion of The Jesus Lizard reunion in 2010. In addition to a reunion tour of Scratch Acid in 2011, he has had several solo exhibitions of his paintings in the US and Europe, started his own custom portrait website, getfaced.net, and embarked on a successful career as an actor. Yow has been cast in several films, shorts, and music videos and has a feature-length film in production.
After a roadside car bomb nearly claimed his life, Cronk received a Purple Heart and an honorable discharge from the Army in the Spring of 2011. He returned home and began once again to play music with Christensen. With no real agenda, the duo spent the better part of a year writing new music. Yow was by then fully engrossed in his new career and unable to commit to playing full-time, so Qui elected to proceed as their original line-up, with future Yow collaborations an imminent possibility, schedules permitting.
In August 2012, Qui entered Entourage Studios with renowned engineer Toshi Kasai, and Melvins drummer Dale Crover in the producers’ chairs to record their third full-length release, Life, Water, Living… True to form, (or lack thereof) the new record is in many ways a departure from their earlier work, relying heavily on dual vocal harmonies and employing new instrumentation like bass guitar and keyboards. It is scheduled for release in early 2014. Touring and world domination will surely follow shortly thereafter.
In July, 2013, Qui released, “Awkward Human Interest,” a limited edition spit 7″ single with Mike Watt + The Secondmen on ORG Music.