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Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE

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“Charlie Allen is a charismatic and gifted singer and songwriter who has worked with dozens of the Row's top stars over the years, and is a huge talent in his own right. "See If I Care" is a Radio-friendly ballad that showcases Charlie's strong vocals. It's on River Run Records.”

— Phil Sweetland, Country Insider
- Phil Sweetland, Country Insider

"Charlie has been a favorite of our show for some time now. His songs and lyrics are passionate and genuine country. He's got a heart as big as Tennessee and a voice to match it. We believe that Charlie is destined for stardom."
- John Boy of the nationally syndicated radio show, John Boy and Billy

I have no major complaints this week—just about everybody is playing at the top of their game.

Indie artist Charlie Allen and major leaguer Gary Nichols are duking it out for the Disc of the Day prize. I say play‘em both. And put Martina McBride in the mix, while you’re at it.

CHARLIE ALLEN/That Was Then, This Is Now

Writer: Charlie Allen Bouton/Tim Remmert/Thomas R. Smith; Producer: Wyatt Easterling; Publisher: You Tell Me/Piano Tuner, BMI/ASCAP; River Run
—He’s got some lung power, and this beefy ballad is just perfect to show it off. Highly recommended.

"It would appear that the time is "now" for Charlie Allen. Well produced, well sung, well written...a good solid country record that's generating some good solid listener response."
- Mike Thomas, KFAV

- says "This Is One Dynamite Song!" - KAUS - Scott Soderberg

CHARLIE ALLEN/Better Said Then Done

"Intriguing…. The backing track is layered pop/rock with a steel guitar. But the singer is country all the way. The longer this is played, the more I love it…. A dandy production…. This is proof positive that an indie label can stand toe to toe with anything mainstream Music Row can throw down."


Charlie Allen - Self titled CD
That Was Then, This Is Now- CD

"That Was Then, This Is Now"
"I Did This To Me"
"Can't Take Him Out Of Me"
"See If I Care"
"Grandpa's Recipe"
"American Farmer"

Currently charting on R&R, Music Row, New Music Weekly, all the top Internet Stations:

Internationally Won an Irish Cma 2010

Krow 99.1 Daytona Beach, Florida



Charlie Allen

Bristol, Tennessee, is a town best known today for its motor speedway. But, historically, its real claim to fame is as the birthplace of modern country music for it was there that Ralph Peer first recorded The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers - creating what is today known as "the big-bang" of country music.

Charlie Allen was born in Bristol, Tennessee, into a family steeped in country music. Allen's mother, Louise Bouton, was a regular on WCYB radio's "Fun and Farm Time," and she is a member of the Bristol Hall of Fame. His father, Charles D. Bouton, was an artist manager.

Singing and performing was the family business, and Allen and his brothers, William and Robert, learned from the best. Just as some mothers give their children toys, Allen's mom gave him a broom and taught him to pretend that it was a microphone. Eventually, he learned to play the guitar, piano, steel guitar and drums. When most of his friends were getting on a school bus, Allen was getting on a tour bus.

Allen's uncle, Jim Harless, was also in the music business in Ft. Worth, Texas. It was there at age seven with his family that Allen began honing his skills as a singer and performer at the legendary Panther Hall. The stage was his classroom, and his teachers were the pillars of country music: Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Jr., Waylon Jennings, and Jerry Lee Lewis. These are just a few of the touring performers that Allen fronted for and worked with. During this time Allen signed his first recording contract with Decca Records.

By age fifteen, Allen was fronting his own group, The Bouton Brothers. They appeared on various television shows in Bristol and Kingsport, opening for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charley Pride and others. He also hosted his own television show sponsored by Martha White.

Later on Allen was signed to Parc Records, an independent label and publishing company with offices in Orlando, Florida, and Nashville. Parc and their affiliate Parc Studios boasted a stellar list of clients such as The Backstreet Boys, 'N Snyc, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey among others.

Commuting between Nashville and Orlando, Allen wrote and recorded many songs including "Better Said Than Done" co-written with Earl Thomas Conley. That song garnered Allen his first critical acclaim from Music Row's toughest critic Robert K. Oermann who has been an ardent supporter ever since. He also made fans of the nationally syndicated radio show hosts John Boy and Billy who said, "We believe that Charlie is destined for stardom. He has a heart as big as Tennessee and a voice to match it."

Presently, Allen is signed to indy label River Run Records and has recently completed the album "That Was Then, This Is Now." His current single "See If I Care" is currently climbing the charts.

In a recent interview, Allen summed his career up: "When you write a song, especially when you have a 'hook' that speaks to people's hearts, well, that's the thing that keeps you going."

It is this real and genuine down-to-earth attitude coupled with a phenomenal talent that will keep Charlie Allen's voice on the radio for a long time to come.

The year 2009 was a banner year for Charlie Allen. The Manchester, Tennessee, native has seen his music gain acceptance around the world, and his media visibility has never been higher. In January 2009, he made a promotional appearance at MIDEM in Cannes, France, and performed an invitation-only showcase event at the Gibson Guitar Studio in London, England. He also celebrated his second #1 single in Europe. Mid-year he was a featured guest on a special Memorial Day edition of the FOX News show "Geraldo at Large" and prepared for his second appearance at the mega-festival "Bonnaroo"in June.

Allen's new single "Proof" is from his CD "That Was Then, This Is Now" about which Music Row scribe Robert K. Oermann recently stated, "I have made no secret of my respect for this artist. He's proudly country and this groove-saturated drinking song is one more feather in his cap."