Patrick Allen is a guitarist/vocalist who has been part of the Minneapolis music scene since the mid-seventies. On his debut CD,'bout time!', he offers up 13 fresh original tunes that are steeped in a funk blues feel. Fans of artists like Tower of Power, Little Feat or Robben Ford would definitely find this to their liking. Several of the songs feature killer horn arrangements by Michael B. Nelson performed by his legendary section The Hornheads. Also featured is Hammond organ wizard Ricky Peterson plus a slew of Minneapolis' top notch players like drummers Bobby Vandell, Rob Stupka and Michael Velasquez, pianists Tom Hunter and Scott Miller, bassists Al Pettis and Scot Hornick and percussionist Estaire Godinez. There are also guest vocal appearances by Minneapolis icon Willie Walker as well as Kathleen Johnson and Lisa Wenger. The disc, of course, also highlights Allen's tasteful vocals and stellar guitar work. REVIEWS: ...singer-songwriter Patrick Allen reflects a love of the jazzier side of the blues on ...'bout time! With a pure, clean guitar tone, warm B-3 and a tight-yet-easygoing rhythm approach...the Minneapolis cooker has a good voice and an interesting take on soloing...Blues Revue ...'bout time! Is a very fine debut album...Allen shows that he is a fine singer-songwriter and the backing musicians offer excellent support throughout...anyone who likes their blues shot through with soul and funk will find much here to admire...'bout time! ^#^has given Patrick Allen a great start to his recording career and one that will take some beating!...Gordon Baxter - Blues On Stage.
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