Josh Allison playing music in Huntsville and Madison, Alabama

Original and cover tunes | performs as solo, duo and with band | Americana, folk, classic rock, rock, GENRES: Acoustic, Americana, Rock

Josh Allison
Above: Josh Allison performing with Judy Allison. You can find Josh performing as a solo artist, with wife Judy as a duo, or in his rock'n band The Josh Allison Band. Gig schedule for solo and duos are below. Gigs for his band are on this page.

Josh Allison also performs with his full band.
To learn more about his band, and to view his band's schedule, go here.

Parker's Take:

Paul McCartney played his song Blackbird at the Rocket Republic Brewing Company in Madison. I knew it was McCartney with my eyes closed. And he was in top form, too. Better than I had heard him play it last year on TV. His fingers deftly handled those oh so familiar chords, picking the strings just so. And when he started to sing those words…
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise….

Those smooth vocals that I remember so well came though.

Wait a minute!

Something is a little different here.  There’s no accent. And where are the chirping birds?

I opened my eyes… and it was… Josh Allison standing with guitar in hand, eyes closed, projecting his smooth, fluid pitch perfect voice through the microphone.

Blackbird was one of several dozen songs Josh played last night, either solo or with his wife-singer/songwriter Judy Allison.  There were many other excellent performances of cover songs as well as several original tunes.  

In fact, when we arrived at 7pm each table had a laminated page of song titles that Josh and Judy could perform on request. Before the night was over they performed at least a couple dozen requests of assorted songs. People wanted to hear their favorite songs from recent and distant past, performed with the musical and vocal talents of Josh and Judy.

Couples danced to the music and there seemed to be a lot of people in the audience who were familiar with the duo as performers.

I had seen the Josh Allison Band previously – that’s a much more traditional rock band with drums and a heavy lead guitar.  If that’s your thing, then take your Josh and Judy with the Band. But for Annabelle and I we reveled in their clear and smooth vocals supported by acoustic guitar which needed no enhancement to sound great.

And… there was no sound looping (a pet peeve of mine) which made their performances even better. More honest. More connected.

Give them a try and see what you think.


Below: the request list for Josh and Judy Allison

Josh Allison Upcoming Huntsville or Madison Music Gigs: