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The Harley Allen & Mike Lilly Band, performing "Moonshiner"
About the artists
The son of noted bluegrass musician Red Allen, who had performed with the trio
Osbourne Brothers, Harley Allen has found considerable success as a performer
and writer in his own right. With his brothers, he performed as the Allen Brothers,
touring with them and appearing on several releases, including My Old Kentucky
Home (1972), Sweet Rumors (1974), and Clara's Boys (1976). Relocating from
Dayton, OH, to Nashville, Allen soon found work as a staff writer.
Over the past two decades, he has had his songs recorded by acts such as
George Jones, Alison Krauss, Linda Ronstadt, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and
Hal Ketchum. John Michael Montgomery's version of Allen's "This Little Girl" was
nominated for three Academy of Country Music Awards in 2001. That same year,
Allen also participated in the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? as a
member of the Soggy Bottom Boys with Union Station guitarist Dan Tyminski and
Pat Enright. The album was an out-of-nowhere success, selling several million
copies and walking away with a Grammy for Album of the Year. Allen has also
lent his vocals to sessions for other artists throughout the years, as well as
recording several solo releases, including 2001's Live at the Bluebird. ~ Tom
Demalon, All Music Guide