Songwriter Allen Estes grew up in a musical family, the oldest son of professional musicians Estelle and Phil Estes in Gloucester MA and began playing at age six. Phil packed the family up in the car and literally took to the open road for musical adventures eventually leading to the forming of the Estes Boys, Allen's seminal band.
The Estes Boys performed in and around New England and by the mid 80's Allen moved to Nashville TN, writing and working with Tammy Wynette, Robert Ellis Oral, Lori Morgan, and Shania Twain. After 10 years, Gloucester called him back, and in the 90's Allen recorded with writer Frank Tedesco. This turned into Allen's last recording, the SOULS OF THE SEA album. Souls Of The Sea is a collection of songs about the historic seaport and fishing town of Gloucester MA and the people who live there.
In the intervening years, Allen Estes has become a well known folk figure in New England and elsewhere, performing and writing the kind of music which reflect both the personal pain and the joy of an artist's journey. Those songs have become special and important to those who live there, and to Allen's friends and extended family worldwide.
|Born: Livermore Falls, ME
Residence: Gloucester, MA - Nashville, TN
Instruments played: Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Banjo, and Mandolin
Past bands: MADHOUSE, STEAMBOAT WILLIE, THE ESTES BOYS, TRINITY LANE
Current band: THE ALLEN ESTES BAND
Winner of "Independent Music World Series New England"
$25,000 1st prize
VOTED "BEST INDEPENDENT ACT OF NEW ENGLAND"
Opening act for: Bonnie Raitt, J Geils, Tim McGraw, America, Jose Feliciano, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Tricia Yearwood, Livingston Taylor, Robert Palmer, Rodney Dangerfield, The Outlaws, Stella Parton, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush, Aztec Two-Step, Skeeter Davis, Earl Scruggs, Jeanne C. Riley, Grandpa Jones, Dr. Hook, Joan Armatrading
Toured with: GRAND OLE OPRY ACT, Marlboro Poland Tour with TRINITY LANE
Co-written songs with: Tammy Wynette, Shania
Twain, Pat Alger, Norro Wilson, Lori Morgan, Kent Blazey, Larry Cordle, Robert Ellis Orrall, Billy Montana, Dave Mallett, Jimmy Stewart
Songs recorded by: DAVE MALLETT, THE JUDDS, TOM WOPAT, TAMMY WYNETTE, SHANIA TWAIN
Recordings (CD/cassette) :
Curb Records: TRINITY LANE
Aria Records: ANCHOR BLUES
Tammy Wynette: NEXT TO YOU
Independent: HARLEY RIDER, THE SOULS OF THE SEA Shape Shifters Records: DIRECTIONS, BREAKIN' EVEN, and EAST OF THE SUNRISE
The Record Company of Vermont: THE ESTES BOYS, HILHOLME
North Hollow Records: SPINNING THOSE MEMORIES
Horipro Entertainment Nashville: 123 song catalog 364 song catalog
ONE LIFE TO LIVE (soap) playing the part of a country rock star.
SUNSET BEACH, song YELLOW ROSES was played in its entirety 11/25/97
Ongoing: Allen is a lecturer in song writing and performance at THE BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC in Boston, MA. He also teaches a songwriter's workshop at the NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE in Beverly, MA. He has been employed as a Staff Songwriter for the MERIT MUSIC CORP. in Nashville TN.
Allen is currently performing club engagements, benefits, state fairs, resorts, colleges, and concert performances throughout the New England and Nashville, TN area.
Future goals: To continue performing and recording in the music/entertainment industry, while pursuing the endorsement /distribution of a major label.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR BOOKINGS CONTACT: Allen Estes at 978-281-7544 or 978-808-6212