Scott Allen is a Musicians Institute (G.I.T) graduate whose band Scott Allen Project has opened for a number of national acts such as: Gary Hoey, Eric Martin of Mr. Big, Dave Maniketti of Y&T, Planet X (which featured Tony MaCalpine and Virgil Donati of The Steve Vai Band, and Derek Sherinian, formerly of Dream Theater), Zoppi, Frank Hannon of Tesla, and countless other bands. In 2009 Scott began his highly successful Shred On Arrival clinic series which combines live performances with guitar instruction. In addition Scott also teaches 70+ private lessons weekly.
In 2006 Scott Allen released his critically acclaimed debut album What Lies Beyond Words via: Guitar Nine Records, Amazon.com, Metal Rendevous Records, CD Baby, New Artists Online, Indie Music Store Online, Wayside Music, I-Tunes, and many other digital distributors. In 2009 Scott released his follow up album entitled From the Blindside which has succeeded in pushing his music to a new level. Scott has been featured in Mike Varney’s Spotlight Column in the January 2006 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. He has also received coverage in Northeast In-tune Magazine, Rise Music Magazine, Progressive Newsletter, Strutter Magazine, and Unsigned Music Magazine, and Tarkus Magazine. Scott has been interviewed by Guitar 9, The Rock Zone, and Fireworks Magazine UK.
Tracks from What Lies Beyond Words have been featured on Ernie Ball Radio, on the Ernie Ball Music Man website. Scott Allen Project has also received radio play on KRXQ 98 Rock, FTM Pod Cast network, The Refinery Rock Radio, Progrock Radio on Progrock.com, Metal Express Radio, Indie Connection Radio Show on X FM in New York, The Fusion Show on WCSB in Cleveland, and the For the Love of Guitar radio show in Romania. Scott Allen Project provided the music for the annual KRXQ 98 Rock “Bod Squad” DVD. Scott writes instructional columns on the guitar websites Guitar9.com, Chops From Hell, Guitarz-For-Ever.com, and Shredaholic.com.
In 2008 Scott released his first instructional DVD, The Art of Rock Guitar, for Chops From Hell. Guitar9.com chose Scott as their Undiscovered Artist for November 2005. The band has received television exposure in the San Francisco Bay area, and radio and print promotion from Italy, Serbia & Montenegro, Argentina, Indonesia, and the UK. Scott Allen Project has begun working with Jetset Sound, and Karnal Promotions, to service their music to television and film. Scott exclusively uses Vigier Guitars, SIT Strings, Dimarzio Pickups, Morley Pedals, George L Cables, and Peavey Amplifiers.
Scott Allen What Lies Beyond Words reviews- 2007-2008
“With heavy riffs setting the tone for many of his compositions, Allen utilizes some great Jeff Beck-like blues phrases, Van Halen-like aggression, and a full palate of shred chops.” Mike Varney, Guitar Player Magazine
“Scott Allen’s What Lies Beyond Words is striking evidence that his is a guitar voice worthy of mention alongside the current giants in the instrumental guitar arena. If you dig players like Satriani or Petrucci, especially at their most melodic, Scott Allen will be right up your alley.” Bill Knispel, Progscape.com
“What Lies Beyond Words is an album that invokes the spirit of a true guitarist’s record, no neo-classical mannerisms, no overzealous keyboard playing, and no over the top arrangements, ‘cause there is no need for them; Scott Allen plays his guitar like a singer would sing his lines, playing ‘lyrical’ riffs, where the phrasing (& songwriting) is king. He brings back the days of the real guitar hero.” Tommy Hash, Ytsejam.com
“Scott Allen, whose guitar playing prowess is exceptional, and who plays the kind of stuff that you wish you could play….Highlights include “The Cool Breeze,” “A Girl I Once Knew,” and well…just about all of the 11 songs” Matt Rowe, MusicTAP.net
“The band meshes well together, setting a fine rhythmic stage for Allen's razor-edged arsenal of licks, bends, hooks and fills. Instrumental fans will find a lot to like here” Guitar9.com
“This is your Heavy rockin' album with kickin' riffs great melodies and not forgetting some great flashy guitar work……….I cant really decide on my favourite tracks on this album, because I honestly think they are all really good.” Richard Niczyperowicz, Shredaholic.com
“Scott Allen is possibly one of the best guitarists around today.” Northeast In-Tune Magazine
“Can't stop listening to Scott Allen's new CD……..As it keeps repeating in my player I get Steve Vai and Joe Satriani vibes…….We haven't picked a favorite song and may not be able to. All the songs jump out and grab you with their riffs and subtle effects.” Vinny H, The Guitar Zone
“Great great great!”Matt Cafissi, Guitar Chef
“This is one of those releases that have you eagerly awaiting the next song to see what it’s like, because you love the track you are on so much. This CD is as solid as they come all the way through. Every song is good with no duds. It would be a shame if What Lies Beyond Words is not added to your music collection.” Metal Express Radio
“Sacramento based instrumental guitarist Scott Allen creates blistering magic, weaving virtuoso stylings ala Satch with a flat out rock shredder soul that is uniquely Scott’s.” Sandy Serge, Music Morsels
“It's as if you take the influence Eddie Van Halen, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and Reb Beach, and blend them together.” Masa, 21st Century Metal Net
“Scott Allen’s sense of composition and wide-ranging guitar slinging skills separate him from most of the unknown and underground guitarists in the guitar-based instrumental genre.” Christopher Kelter, Rough Edge
“He has done a great work. I can say that I´m waiting a lot for his next record.” Rafael, Progressive Rock BR
“Here’s a great guitar player from California…instrumental guitar based rock music, much comparable to GARY HOEY, TONY MACALPINE, STEVE VAI.” Strutter Magazine
“If you're a fan of instrumental guitar music then do yourself a favor and pick up What Lies Beyond Words by The Scott Allen Project which just might be the best instrumental guitar album to come along since Joe Satriani's Surfing With The Alien album.” Jason Houston, The Rock Zone