Allen Cote
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Allen Cote

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2000
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"w/Christina Bell"

"I listened to them play for a while, and I was impressed. There was nothing Jessica or Ashlee Simpson about this band. There wasn't even anything Avril Lavigne. It was more like LeAnn Rimes, but with a far hipper band. It was astonishingly smooth.” - - Neal Pollack


"Allen Cote might not look like much - a scruffy, dark-haired wanderer with aviator glasses, a camo jacket, a cheap cigarette dangling from his mouth - but get him talking or put a guitar in his hands, and Cote (pronounced 'co-tay') imparts a depth of wisdom unknown to most 25-year-old songwriters [...] Cote's lyrics, accompanied by his rhythmic strumming, aim higher than those of so many troubadours before him. He speaks directly to the listener, almost with a burning hunger, but it's not necessarily love he's craving. It seems as though he wants some sort of commiseration between artists, or sympathy, or, maybe, an agreement between the listener and the songwriter that there's something greater than either of them." - The Anchorage Press, 8-2-07 - Casey Grove

"w/The Championship"

"'Hands down the best musician any of us have ever played with,' says guitarist Jordan Burich." - The Onion, 7-26-07

"Deserves a PBR for his lovely steel guitar work." - The Onion, 4-10-08

"The band's new multi-instrumentalist [...] can take some credit for the band's more westernized sound." - - Steven Hyden


Still working on that hot first release.



Allen Cot is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist, originally from Austin, TX and currently based in Milwaukee, WI. Cot is proficient in guitar, bass, lap steel, ukulele, mandolin, and various percussion; and received the Wisconsin Area Music Industry's 2011 "Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year" award.

Allen Cot has contributed to recordings and performances by numerous national and international artists; and has provided original scores and sound design for films and live theatre featured at the SXSW Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, and Brisbane's Anywhere Theatre Festival. He may also be found performing his own original compositions - ranging from folk to avant-garde electronica - solo and with various ensembles, and maintains a regular national touring schedule.

Allen Cot and John Crockett have twice presented their sound installation "Tonal Motion" at the acclaimed Milwaukee Art Museum. A former journalist, Cot's photography has been featured in The Williamson County Sun, The Austin Chronicle, and High Times magazine; and his writing has appeared in The Williamson County Sun, WMSE's Sonic Diet, and various other arts and culture blogs.

Currently, Cot composes the music for local culinary show Wisconsin Foodie, airing several times weekly in the greater Midwest on PBS. He also provides music to marketing and new media firms, and teaches guitar lessons at Milwaukee Montessori School.

Allen Cot has performed at such notable venues as:
Gruene Hall (Gruene, TX)
Cactus Cafe (Austin, TX)
Antone's (Austin, TX)
Saxon Pub (Austin, TX)
Stubb's (Austin, TX)
Victory Grill (Austin, TX)
Momo's (Austin, TX)
Club Dada (Dallas, TX)
The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC)
The Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)
Turner Hall (Milwaukee, WI)
Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI)
The Cactus Club (Milwaukee, WI)
Schuba's (Chicago, IL)
The Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA)
The Marlin (Fairbanks, AK)
Howling Dog Saloon (Fox, AK)
Vagabond Blues (Palmer, AK)
The Down East Saloon (Homer, AK)
Fiume (Philadelphia, PA)
Young's Avenue Deli (Memphis, TN)
The Bottleneck (Lawrence, KS)

with such notable artists as:
Jackson Browne (Los Angeles, CA)
The Asylum Street Spankers (Austin, TX)
The Tosca String Quartet (Austin, TX)
Ghostland Observatory (Austin, TX)
Jenn Wood (of The Postal Service) (Seattle, WA)
Graham Weber (Austin, TX)
Carolyn Wonderland (Austin, TX)
The Waco Brothers (Chicago, IL)
Decibully (Milwaukee, WI)
Alina Simone (Chapel Hill, NC)
Pat MacDonald (of Timbuk3) (Sturgeon Bay, WI)
Jane Weidlin (of the Go-Gos) (Los Angeles, CA)
Pauline Reese (Austin, TX)

... and many, many more across the country.

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