DownTown Nashville is DownTown Mystic's homage to Music City. Writer/Producer Robert Allen comments, “I love the vibe of Nashville as a city and the symbol it represents. There’s a reason it’s called Music City and its spirit has inspired my music for many years”.
Those influences show up all over the EP. On the lead track Sometimes Wrong there’s a tip of the hat to the Everly Bros and Rise and Fall shows the LA-Nashville connection with Eagles influences conjuring up a mythic “witchy woman”. Backdoor honkytonks a one night stand gone bad and Losing My Mind (Too Many Times) vents the frustration currently being felt in the nation ala Steve Earle. The EP finishes with the fingerpicking simplicity of Believe and the toe-tapping Shade of White Bluegrass. Robert adds, “I might be a rocker but Bluegrass is a guilty pleasure. To me it’s synonymous with fun and you can’t help but smile when you play it.”
“DownTown Nashville is a recording that seamlessly blends Robert Allen’s rock n’ roll roots with some subtle Nashville flavors. The result is an EP that will stay in your deck for a long, long time if you take the time to listen to what this hard-working project has to offer" Rick Jamm/JamSphere
“Backdoor has a stomp that wouldn’t be out of place on a country playlist while not betraying DownTown Mystic’s rock roots” Roger Catlin/The Vinyl District
"DownTown Mystic fills a void here with DownTown Nashville and their overall style and sound – I can hear that a lot of people would love what they’re up to for sure; there are great attitude, style, delivery and performances on this record all the way through" Jer/Sleeping Bag Studios
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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 story telling 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.
DownTown Mystic broke through at US Americana Radio with the self-titled DownTown Mystic CD 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. This Stateside success was built on DownTown Mystic’s 1st release, Standing Still, which found critical acclaim overseas in 2011. That album made the Top 25 Euro/Americana Chart, which lead to a Licensing Deal in Europe distributed by Sony Music.
2016 started with the release of the single Way To Know in Europe and spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Official European Independent Music Chart. In the spring the DownTown Nashville EP was released and debuted in the Top 5 Most Added on the US Americana Association’s Radio Chart (AMA). This summer, the digital release of the Rock'n'Roll Romantic album drew rave reviews, setting up the release of the Rock'n'Roll Romantic cd in the fall.
It started at Radio 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.
From there, DownTown Mystic was off and running. Besides gaining recognition from Radio programmers, the DownTown Mystic Brand has been developing nicely with Music Supervisors via Sync Licensing. DownTown Mystic has music placed in movies and on over 100 TV shows, including The Voice on NBC, American Pickers on the History Channel, as well as shows on MTV, USA, CNN, Discovery, NatGeo, GACTV, TLC, WETV, Destination America and Lifetime.
“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” Rod Ames/ReviewYou.com
“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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