The Allen Brothers

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": country bluegrass grateful dread what shall we do without us under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Austin Allen (7 February 1901, Sewanee, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, d. 5 January 1959, Williamstown, South Carolina, USA; banjo, guitar, vocals) and his brother Lee Allen (b. William Allen, 1 June 1906, Sewanee, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, d. 24 February 1981, Lebanon, Tennessee, USA; guitar, piano, kazoo, vocals). Affectionately known as the Chattanooga Boys, the brothers established a reputation as one of the most popular brother duet acts of the 20s and early 30s. In 1923, they began touring in the Tennessee-West Virginia area, often playing at remote settlements or mining camps. They carefully collected new songs on their travels with the result that they developed a wider repertoire than most of their fellow acts. They are especially remembered for singing some blues numbers so proficiently that their recordings were wrongly categorized in the ‘Race’ instead of ‘Hillbilly’ series by Columbia Records, for whom they first recorded...

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