Jon Allen Concert Review From Art of Jazz

Jon Allen SketchJon Allen performed at the Jazz Cafe in Camden last month and received a rave review, along with some awesome sketches of the band! Jon Allen’s concert review was posted on Art of Jazz.

Jon Allen was performing music from his most recent album, Deep River. He didn’t just promote the album by laying it before the audience, he took the audience on a music journey to really capture the audience in the music.

Jon Allen was obviously the captain of the ship on stage, breaking the waves before us but he was no figurehead. It was an even handed night where the music did the talking and his band played their part in equal measure.

The review from Art of Jazz acknowledges the amazing talents from all members of Jon Allen’s band. This review takes the reader through the full experience of Jon Allen’s concert.

To read the full review, click Art of Jazz

To find out where Jon Allen is performing next, please visit: jonallensongs.co.uk/live

Five OK!Good Albums Up For 2015 Grammy Awards

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The five albums competing are:

ENGELBERT CALLING by Engelbert Humperdinck

Produced by Grammy award winning Martin Terefe, Engelbert Calling is Engelbert Humperdinck’s first ever duets album. Engelbert Calling features brand new recordings of classic tracks with some of the biggest and best voices on the planet, all hand picked by the legendary singer himself.

You can stream the entire album on  Spotify:                                                                                                                                                   https://play.spotify.com/EngelbertCalling

It is also available for streaming on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/EngelbertCalling

MOUNT KARMA by Dovetail

Dovetail’s latest album, Mount Karma, taps into their 60’s era rock and roll influences, while creating a fresh sound through their unique songwriting abilities and soulful harmonies. Dovetail’s songwriting skills helped the band win the esteemed John Lennon Songwriting Award in 2012 for the Best Rock Song for the opening track on Mount Karma titled “Julie.”

You can stream the entire album on Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/MountKarma

It is also available to stream on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/MountKarma

HOME by Hafdis Huld

Home is beautifully stripped down production with simplicity an directness that helps showcase Hafdis Huld’s pure and assured vocals to perfection. Home was written with an array of highly respected international songwriters, which together captured Hafdis Huld’s trademark songwriting skills.

You can stream the entire album on Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/Home

It is also available to stream on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/Home

DEEP RIVER by Jon Allen

Deep River Cover 660Deep River is a tribute to great music of the past while mixing 60’s inflected rock, soul, and country blues. With vocals that are reminiscent to that of a young Rod Stewart, Deep River finds Jon Allen channeling a wide range of influences with songs covering from relationships to finding oneself.

You can stream the entire album on Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/DeepRiver

It is also available to stream on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/DeepRiver

UNGROUNDED by Carly Jamison

Ungrounded CD CoverEngineered and mixed by Chris Grainger (best known for his work with Wilco, Switchfoot, and Sixpence None The Richer) and mastered by Richard Dodd (multi-Grammy winner for Tom Petty, Delbert McClinton, and Dixie Chicks), Ungrounded defines and explores the essence of everything that you love about rock and roll – the innocence, the romance, the frustration, and the constant yearning to escape.

You can stream the entire album on Spotify:
http://open.spotify.com/Ungrounded

It is also available to stream on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/Ungrounded

The final nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced in December. The winners will be announced live on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and aired on CBS. To read the full press release please visit: http://www.prweb.com/

Stream Jon Allen’s album Deep River on YouTube

Jon Allen- Deep River 600In support of Jon Allen’s current UK Tour his latest album Deep River is now available for streaming on YouTube. The full album stream of Deep River, which was released July 8th 2014, includes the OK!Good Records exclusive track “By My Side.”

Deep River sees Jon Allen paying tribute to great tunes of the past; mixing catchy Sixties-inflected rock, soul, and country blues. Throughout the album, Jon Allen channels his wide range of influences with songs covering relationships, moving on, and finding oneself.

Jon is currently on the road for his 2014 Fall UK Tour. This will be the first time he has performed in the UK since 2013, and his first full tour playing songs from Deep River live. For tour dates and ticket information visit: jonallensongs.co.uk/live

Click Here to stream Deep River on YouTube. Click here to order Deep River from our webstore.

Jon Allen Kicks Off 2014 Fall UK Tour

Jon Allen 2014 Fall UK TourSinger-songwriter Jon Allen kicks off his 2014 Fall UK Tour tomorrow (10/15/14) in support of his widely acclaimed new album, Deep River. This will be the first time Jon Allen has toured his trademark mix of catchy folk and Sixties-inflected country blues in the UK since 2013, and his first full tour playing songs from Deep River live.

I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road and playing out my new material. It’s great to be able to draw on a larger body of work. The arrival of the new album has made it harder to write a set list because I think there are a lot of strong songs on the record vying to be included. I guess that’s a good problem to have. There are some tracks on Deep River that I think are among my best work. I hope the fans enjoy them as much as I do. – Jon Allen

Released on July 8th, 2014, Deep River is the third album of Allen’s career following his 2009 debut album Dead Man’s Suit, and 2011’s Sweet Defeat. The new album features singles “Night & Day,” and “Falling Back,” which both received heavy rotation from BBC Radio 2 and led to Deep River being named their Album of the Week.

For tour dates and ticket information visit: jonallensongs.co.uk/live

Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House 10/15/14 8:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Birmingham Glee Club 10/16/14 7:45pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut 10/20/14 8:30pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Kendal Bootleggers Bar 10/21/14 7:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny 10/22/14 8:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Sheffield The Greystones 10/23/14 7:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Manchester The Deaf Institute 10/24/14 7:30pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Leicester The Musician 10/26/14 8:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Bristol Colston Hall 2 – The Lantern 10/27/14 7:30pm Buy Tickets Map UK
London The Jazz Cafe 10/28/14 7:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Cambridge Cambridge Junction 10/30/14 8:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Poole Mr Kyps 11/02/14 8:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Portsmouth The Cellars at Eastney 11/03/14 7:30pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Manchester Victoria Warehouse 11/21/14 4:30pm Buy Tickets Map UK
Milton Keynes The Stables 01/16/15 8:00pm Buy Tickets Map UK

Jon Allen Performs Live on ‘Bob Harris Sunday’ on BBC Radio 2

Jon Allen on Bob Harris Sunday (BBC Radio 2)Jon Allen stopped by the BBC Radio 2 station this past weekend for a live performance session on Bob Harris Sunday, with Paul Sexton filling in as host. The live session comes after a month of strong support from BBC Radio 2 with Deep River  being named BBC Radio 2’s Album of the Week and multiple tracks off the album receiving heavy rotation.

Jon spoke with Paul about his recent success on the Radio 2 Playlist and performed “Falling Back,” “Night & Day,” and “Keep Moving On” off his new album. Click Here to listen to the full episode of Bob Harris Sunday, available for streaming this week.

Deep River  is available in our webstore.

Watch Jon Allen Cover Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”

Jon Allen Covers Bruce Springsteen

Continuing the trend of OK!Good artists recording covers of their favorite songs, singer-songwriter Jon Allen recently sat down to record a special acoustic performance of Bruce Springsteen’s classic, “Dancing in the Dark.” Jon puts his own personal twist on the 1984 single which was featured on Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A., and has been previously covered by big names like Tina Turner, Tegan and Sara, Kermit the Frog, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Watch Jon Allen’s cover below and stay up to date with more of his cover videos by signing up for his mailing list.

Jon Allen recently released Deep River  on OK!Good Records on July 8th, 2014. Pick up a copy in our webstore.

Lyrics: “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen

I get up in the evening and I ain’t got nothing to say
I come home in the morning, I go to bed feelin’ the same way
I ain’t nothing but tired, man I’m just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can’t start a fire, you can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire even if we’re just dancing in the dark

Message just keep getting clearer, radio’s on and I’m moving ’round my place
I check my look in the mirror, I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man, I ain’t getting nowhere, I’m just living in a dump like this
There’s something happening somewhere, baby I just know that there is

You can’t start a fire, you can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire even if we’re just dancing in the dark

You sit around getting older, there’s a joke here somewhere and it’s on me
I’ll shake this world off my shoulders, come on baby this laugh’s on me

Stay on the streets of this town and they’ll be carving you up alright
They say you gotta stay hungry, hey baby, I’m just about starving tonight
I’m dying for some action, I’m sick of sitting ’round here tryin’ to write this book
I need a love reaction, come on now baby gimme just one look

You can’t start a fire sitting ’round cryin’ over a broken heart
This gun’s for hire even if we’re just dancing in the dark
You can’t start a fire worryin’ about your little world fallin’ apart
This gun’s for hire even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

Jon Allen Featured as Right Chord Music’s ‘Artist of the Week’

Jon Allen - Right Chord MusicSending a big thanks to Right Chord Music for featuring Jon Allen as their ‘Artist of the Week.’ The independent music blog praised Jon and his new album Deep River, stating that at a time where folk music seems to be everywhere Jon’s music stands out in the crowd.

An air of effortlessness hangs around Jon Allen, because his music comes from a place that is totally unforced. It is this relaxed and under-worked quality that makes Allen’s music so playable. Yes, you have heard folk music hundreds of times before, but you have not quite heard anything like Jon Allen.

Click Here to read the full article on Right Chord Music, and watch director Sean Wang’s winning video from our “Night & Day” Music Video Contest below:

Jon Allen’s ‘Deep River’ Named BBC Radio 2’s Album of the Week

'Deep River' Radio 2's Album of the WeekJon Allen’s newly released Deep River  has just been named BBC Radio 2’s Album of the Week. The announcement comes after weeks of heavy rotation from Radio 2 of Jon’s singles “Night & Day” and “Falling Back”. BBC Radio has been a strong supporter of Jon’s music since his initial break into the UK music scene in 2009.

See what all the buzz is about by picking up a copy of Deep River from our webstore or on iTunes.

Check out the music video for Jon Allen’s single “Night & Day,” directed by Sean Wang, winner of our Music Video Contest:

“Night & Day” Music Video Contest Winners!

"Night & Dat " Music Video Contest Winners

Prior to the release of Jon Allen’s new album, Deep River, OK!Good Records launched the “Night & Day” Music Video Contest, giving aspiring filmmakers a chance to create the official music video for Jon Allen’s single, “Night & Day.” Judged by Jon Allen and the staff of OK!Good Records the Top 3 video entries earned their directors prizes, along with being featured on our YouTube Channel.

We would like to thank all of our contributing directors for the enthusiasm and support they brought to the project. We were very impressed by the creativity and the different artistic interpretations of Jon’s song from all our entries. It was a very close race for our Top 3 Videos and we are proud to announce our winners:

Congratulations to our winners! Check out the winning videos below and Click Here to view all our entires:

1. Directed by Sean Wang
Sean is a nineteen-year-old film student from Fremont, CA. He recently transferred from De Anza College and will be starting school at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in the fall. In addition to making videos in his free time Sean is also a wedding filmmaker. Check out more of Sean’s work on his YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/cameraderiesean.

2. Directed by Maura Hallisey & Patrick Myers
Maura Hallisey and Patrick Myers are both Graduates of Connecticut College ’13 who continue to collaborate on film projects outside of school. Maura, who lives in Connecticut and Patrick, who lives in New York City, both work as freelance filmmakers.

3. Directed by Jennifer Heinen
Jennifer was born in Switzerland and wanted to become a lawyer. Or a rock star. Jennifer now calls Los Angeles her home and she wants to make movies. Having learned a lot while working on the set of other people’s short and feature films, she is now creating her own projects. Check out more of Jennifer’s work at : www.jenniferheinen.com

Huge thanks to all of our directors for your support.

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“Night & Day” Music Video Contest Delayed

Night & Day Music Video ContestWe want to apologize to all of our directors who are anxiously waiting to hear the results of the “Night & Day” Music Video Contest. Unfortunately we have to push the announcement of the Top 3 Winning Videos to next week.

There were several ties in the OK!Good office-voting and we are still waiting on the final artist approval from Jon Allen. Jon has been very busy traveling in the UK promoting the release of Deep River, and he really wants the time to sit down and give each video a proper review.

We greatly apologize to all our contributing directors for the delayed announcement. We are extremely happy with the positive response to the contest and hope that you understand our desire to give each video it’s proper chance for consideration. Winners will be announced next week after we receive the final artist approval.

Please e-mail nick [AT] okgoodrecords.com with any questions.

Thank you for your patience and for all of your support!