Fly is the 1st single to be released at Radio by DownTown Mystic since June 2021. It's also the 1st song to be released from the current recording sessions that started in January of this year with long-time compatriots Steve Holley (Paul McCartney, Elton John) on drums and urban legend Paul Page (Ian Hunter, Dion) on bass. The recordings are taking place at the famed Shorefire Studios where DownTown Mystic recorded On E Street with Max Weinberg & Garry Tallent from The E Street Band.
Fly is being released on the heels of the critically acclaimed album, 21st Century Rock 'n Roll, and has a different feel from most of the artist's previous releases. The single has a kind of chill retro vibe that sounds like a response to a world that's been in turmoil and a state of flux. DownTown Mystic writer/producer Robert Allen comments, "Fly was written as a reaction to the emotional toll of living through a worldwide pandemic that is still with us. Now add to that the death and destruction in Ukraine and tell me, who wouldn't want to fly away from it all?"
"DownTown Mystic is the real deal. It's hard to overstate this." JamSphere Magazine
"a true Rock n' Roll survivor and an eyewitness storyteller of modern American music history" American Blues Scene
"Given the quality and consistency Allen/Downtown Mystic shares here, the bigger mystery is why he isn't better known" American Songwriter
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The sound of DownTown Mystic is “vintage yet modern”. The music is rooted in all the great traditions of American Rock‘n’Roll, blending storytelling songs with vintage guitars and analog recording into a unique style that owes nods to Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Beatles and Rolling Stones but somehow manages to sound as contemporary as anything currently available.
DownTown Mystic is the alter ego of American Rocker, Robert Allen, whose passion for “old school” recording borders on obsession. Robert adds, “I grew up listening to all these great records and their sound and style has stayed with me”.
Robert is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, including drummer extraordinaire Steve Holley (Paul McCartney/Wings/Elton John/Ian Hunter) & urban legend Paul Page (Dion/Ian Hunter) on bass, as well as one of the great rhythm sections in the history of American Rock'n'Roll--Max Weinberg & Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
2018 saw DownTown Mystic sign Licensing and Publishing Deals in Europe with BMP Broken Music Publishing in the UK and the release of the Rock'n'Roll Romantic album via Believe Digital. This lead to signing a Licensing Deal with UK Label Last Man Music to release the new Better Day album worldwide ex N. America at the start of 2020.
In 2017 the On E Street EP featuring Max Weinberg and Garry Tallent was released via ADA/Warner Music in Europe, with the single Way To Know reaching the Top 20 on the European Indie Top 200 Chart. DownTown Mystic’s 1st release, Standing Still, found critical acclaim overseas in 2011. That album made the Top 25 Euro/Americana Chart, which led to a Licensing Deal in Europe distributed by Sony Music.
Radio has played an important role in the career of DownTown Mystic. It started with veteran tastemaker, Jed The Fish, playing a DownTown Mystic track as his Catch Of The Day on “World Famous” KROQ in LA, one of the most influential stations in the US. This would be followed by the “Mayor of The Sunset Strip”, legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, playing another track and leading to national airplay.
In 2016 DownTown Mystic released DownTown Nashville and Rock'n'Roll Romantic, the 1st full album since the self-titled DownTown Mystic in 2013. That album spent 10 months on the US Americana Radio Charts, with a #1 single and #3 album on the Roots Music Report Charts. DownTown Nashville, released in the spring, debuted on the Top 5 Most Added on the AMA Radio Chart and became DownTown’s most successful release at Americana Radio. Rock'n'Roll Romantic, released in the fall, would go on to be DownTown Mystic’s most successful US release garnering airplay on over 80 radio stations across 3 formats.
Besides gaining recognition from Radio programmers, the DownTown Mystic Brand has been developing via Sync Licensing with music placed in movies and on over 200 TV shows, including The Voice on NBC, American Pickers on the History Channel, as well as shows on MTV, USA, CNN, Discovery, National Geographic, TLC, WE TV, GACTV and Destination America. Many of these shows are also broadcast internationally, helping to spread the music of DownTown Mystic around the world.
“I have never heard a rock n’ roll band be so relentlessly high-quality, intelligent, thought-provoking, fun and just wonderful to hear; musically solid, and never-ever boring!” Rick Jamm/JamSphere
“Robert Allen AKA DownTown Mystic, took those old school influences that were planted in his musical soul, tended them with reverence, pollinated them with some fresh melodies and produced a tasty crop of tunes” Kath Galasso/OnStage Magazine
“brilliantly conceived piece of musical art”
“genuine emotions and lots of soul” Rune Hager/Rootsy/Sweden
“DownTown Mystic is a real pleasure: a pure sound with a brilliant production and top musicians gives the listener the feeling there is still reasons to hope in Music”
Mike Penard "The DJ" / "American Roots Music"/RadioISA/France
“With Robert Allen and DownTown Mystic we are in the field of best crafted rock'n'roll” Davide Albini/Roots Highway/Italy
"Allen's influences--Byrds, Beatles, Buffalo Springfield--permeate his guitar-driven songs, adding a retro sound to his more modern Americana leanings" Dave Curtis/Direct Current
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