Richie Allen & the Bad Ideas

Richie Allen & the Bad Ideas

 Denver, Colorado, USA

Richie Allen & the Bad Ideas are sweeping listeners off their feet with a solid "live performance" quality for all to enjoy. Focused on sharing this sound immediately, their first album is a live recording of their debut performance at Swallow Hill Music and slated for a March 2015 release. The band has a contemporary sound with 60’s folk influence blended with 90’s alternative rock.


Richie Allen & the Bad Ideas were formed when Richie Allen, hooked with
his old friend, and established local drummer, Jake Williams. The two
went to work hand picking local musicians that would fit their vision of
a live-performance centered aesthetic. The intricate styles of bass man
Vaughn Smith from The Blunt Instruments, the soulful voice of Miranda
Clemenson, and the transcendent sounds of cellist Kari Clifton rounded
out the group. Richie Allen & his band count Neil Young, Damien
Rice, and Dave Matthews among their influences.  Although focused on
original tunes, the band has covered everyone from Cat Stevens to the
Notorious B.I.G..
writes songs celebrating the pleasures of the day-to-day, wrapping big
ideas in the study of small moments. The songs range from gentle ballads
to gruff rockers, from quiet meditations to inspiring anthems. The
connective tissues holding it all together are Richie Allen’s dynamic
voice and versatile guitar technique, which can range across genres
without ever seeming out of place.
September of 2014, the song "Last Lullaby" was included among winners
of the song contest sponsored by the Colorado Music Business
Association. In June of 2012, Richie was a finalist in the songwriting
contest hosted by The Philadelphia Songwriter's Project.  After a
successful 2013 release of his self-titled album, Richie hit the road
and has returned to Denver, Colorado to contribute to the vibrant music


"Live at Swallow Hill Music"  release date: March 25, 2015
Track List:
1. Hard Times 2. Perfect Remedy 3. Stand Up 4. Father and Son 5. Hindsight 6. Hey Button 7. For a Moment 8. Under Big Skies 9. The American 10. I Remember 11. Last Lullaby

"Richie Allen Buchborn" release date: September 15, 2013

Track List:

1.Sunshine 2. Hindsight 3. Sunnyside Avenue 4. Painted Feet 5. Stand Up 6. The American 7. Hard Times 8. Time to Change

Set List

Currently the band performs up to 3.5 hours of awarding winning original songs and many covers by artists including Dave Matthews Band, Cat Stevens, Damien Rice, Pearl Jam, REM, Radiohead, Notorious BIG, Old Crow Medicine Show, Alabama Shakes, and more!