Forest Wayne Allen
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REMEMBER YOUR ROOTS: Can't slow down, 15 times the love, Figure me out, Through the valley, Double strap shoes, Best kinda' girl, Midnight highway, Boy dreams, Dreams of mine SCARS AND STORIES: A girl named Hannah, 16 in '55, Big fire song, Gritty road, It's so easy, Christmas in Mechanicsville, Black shirts, Sympathy's skies, Wichita Rag

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My grandmother said I was in a carriage up on stage, rocking back and forth to the Bluegrass my mom and dad were playing. She said I'd rock for a while and then rub my smoke filled eyes while I was sitting in front of the speakers of the loud, loud music. I don't remember that part, but I do remember walking around meeting the people who were listening to my dad's guitar and my mom's mandolin, it might have been at an outdoor reunion, a hick party at the campers down "Garnie" lane or at a bluegrass venue in Kentucky with lots of long haired biker people and their alligator clips.

I played trumpet in high school and then started playing a Martin Sigma I got the Christmas of my Sophomore year in high school. My dad taught me a few chords and the alternating actions of a bluegrass picker. Then I started playing at my youth group with my friend and Sunday school teacher Billy. Before long, I was leading that band and loving it.

My first band ever was "Forest and the punch drunk monkees". I was 16, the bassist was 14 and our drummer was a 23 year old child of the 80's. He'd wear leather jackets and always play the song differently. I just wish we could have recorded some of that goodness where I distorted my acoustic into a small solid state amp.

College is where I really began to write, poetry and then lyrics mixed with simple music. My first self-released record "Remember your roots" was finished in March of 2003. These two great guys who owned "Vagabond studios" recorded me with pro tools in their 2 room Richmond apartment. I did four 4-hour sessions and we cranked out 9 songs, 3 of which were full band. I have just released "Scars and Stories", my second one. It's darker with only one love song, but I think I've found my sound. I found myself musically in that record. I can listen to it without cringing. But it was my first one that really put me on the map. My friends and all constantly ask how the music is going.

I have been working in Texas at an outdoor education center for a year and a half, on and off, and I'm now in San Marcos, Texas. I fell in love with that place, along with all of the towns around Austin and of course, Austin itself. My website is FORESTWAYNETRAIN.COM . Check it out for my new record, song samples and even some firejumping pics. Don't do that though, I got burned really bad in October.

I love to play in front of people. I have always loved to be on stage. I usually play acoustic, but I can fill up a room with sound. I used to play 3 hours at "Top of the stairs" in Blacksburg, Virginia almost every Wednesday night. I know lots of covers and have about 25 originals that I can play without looking at a lyric sheet. I can't wait to start getting regular gigs and traveling around more. I'm going need this structure in my life!