MP3 Allison Dennis - Open
A calming & pondering one-person story.
9 MP3 Songs
FOLK: like Joni, POP: Quirky
"Her lyrics are approachable and earnest venturesome to voice the obvious in life."
- The Chronogram
"A tensely wound spring of kinetic energy." - ENCORE Magazine
"Knockout Allison Dennis makes portraying the comic human condition look easy."
- The Charlotte Observer
From the suburbs of North Carolina, Allison made her move to NYC after earning a BFA for acting/musical theatre at East Carolina University. Within the first four years in NYC she had performed and collaborated in two bands, one funk, "Wonderland" and one folk, "Butterpoint". Allison has three Off-Broadway credits including a two year stint as an aerialist with the smash hit De La Guarda. After a back injury Allison was suddenly forced to change her career path. Luckily her Grandmother had an abandoned house in rural NC where she was able to remain creative while healing. Her healing process afforded her the ironic luxury of time. She spent most of it writing and teaching herself how to play the guitar.
Allison has confidently emerged a singer/songwriter with a knack for creating songs in her moment. In attempts to hone her skills, she has played countless open mics, coffee shop shows, and opener slots all up and down the east coast.
Recently she has moved to Woodstock. Presently she is producing her fourth album with Logic (OPEN was produced on a Korg D12), and gigging regularly in the Hudson Valley area at noisy bars, fancy restaurants, not-so-fancy restaurants. Occasionally she can be heard on WDST on "The Roundtable" and WKZE "Off-the-Beat-n-Track. She is also on Vassar College Radio quite frequently, WVKR.
She was chosen to appear on a Mountain Dew sponsored Amp Six Pack. This will bring her music closer to the college campuses and enable her to tour more widely.
Allison's ultimate goal is to expand her awareness, expose the truth she finds, and to incorporate her training as a dancer, actor, and musician in a way that creates something altogether new for the singer/songwriter genre.
Because there are so many ways people hear and describe her music, Allison best describes her sound as acoustic soul music and folky blues with a jazz aftertaste. In addition to writing standard type songs about heart swells and heartbreaks, she also writes about connection, faith, anxiety, and duality. Her lyrics are poignant, and her delivery maintains a spontaneous and fresh quirky charm.
Her Major Influences
Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Ani Difranco, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell,
Stephen Sondheim, Michael Moore, Ben Harper, Tori Amos, Pearl Jam, Ben Folds Five, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Streisand, Bonnie Raitt, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot
Clubs in New York
The Bitter End, NYC
The Living Room, NYC
CB's Gallery, NYC
The Colony Café, Woodstock
The Sidewalk Café, NYC
Bowery Poetry Club, NYC
Paisley Antiques, NYC
The Charleston, Brooklyn
M's Shanghai Den, Brooklyn
Laila Lounge, Brooklyn
Baggot Inn, NYC
Mazer Theatre, NYC
Triad Theatre, NYC
Iggy's Keltic Lounge, NYC
Meow Mix, NYC
The Beechtree, Poughkeepsie
Gadaleto's, New Paltz
Bacchus, New Paltz
Boone Dog, Brewster
The Lucky Cat, Brooklyn
Deep Listening Space, Kingston
33, Kingston (the late great Steve Burgh's club)
Clubs In NC
The Attic, Greenville (opened for 'The Wailers')
Six String Café, Cary
Peasants Café, Greenville
Basement Studios, Raleigh
The Wolf's Lair, Dobson
Open Eye Café, Carrboro
The Watershed, Black Mountain
King's, Raleigh (RAINN Benefit Concert)
The Cave, Chapel Hill
WVKR 91.3 Poughkeepsie/Vassar, Scene Unseen
WDST 100.1 Woodstock, The Woodstock Roundtable
WKZE 98.1 Sharon, CT; Off-the-Beat-n-Track