With a voice real and as honest as they come, Holly Renee Allen delivers Americana soul. Her songs are rich and vibrant, lyrically intelligent... "Southernese" sets the tone for RED DIRT SOUL. A melodic collection of the usual love, heartache, and longing but bold as a ruby camellia blooming in the Georgia red clay.
A Virginia native, Holly grew up at the foot of the Blue Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley. She was born and bred from generations of country and bluegrass and raised on The Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt , and Dylan. Holly has played throughout the southeast and made a name for herself in the songwriter circles around Atlanta playing such revered clubs as Smith’s Old Bar, Eddie’s Attic and the Red Light Café. She’s had the good fortune to work with legendary producer Johnny Sanlin as well as stellar musicians Bill Stewart, Pete Carr, David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Scott Boyer and shared the stage with the talented Grant Peeples, Carla Russell, Scott Boyer and Leroy Parnell and Charlottesville’s own Terri Allard just to name a few. Her song “Her Place” is the title track of Sanlin’s compilation CD, a benefit project for Alabama’s Women’s Shelter, Hope Place and her song “Miss Christine” was given honorable mention by the John Lennon songwriter’s contest. In 2002, Holly was a featured artist for Chattanooga’s River Bend festival giving her the opportunity to work with Atlanta musician and producer Marty Kearns (Shawn Mullins , Indigo Girls, Jennifer Nettles). Holly’s current release, Red Dirt Soul, released in 2011 was recorded in Atlanta and produced by Kearns at his studio Down In Deep. The incredible Shawn Mullins and Oliver Wood ( The Wood Brothers ) both lent their talent to several tracks on Holly’s debut CD.
Holly just completed recording her fourth album Big Love slated for an early 2013 release.