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Space Blues

Space Blues

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Released 2017. 11 tracks of original electric guitar driven blues songs. Featuring Sam Kelly & Earl Jackson.

Bluegrass & Old-time

Bluegrass & Old-time

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Released 2017. 15 tracks featuring bluegrass and old-time songs and instrumentals from Stompin' Dave & His Bluegrass Band.

American Roots

American Roots

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Released 2017. 19 solo tracks of banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, mix of instrumental and vocal tracks with some tap dancing.

Live Rock N Roll

Live Rock N Roll

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Released 2017. Earl Jackson recorded live at Bridport Electric Palace December 2015. 16 tracks of rock n roll. Featuring Stompin' Dave on guitar and keys. Promotional video: https://youtu.be/ViJ2FGNhg50. For more info on booking Earl Jackson visit www.earljackson.co.uk

Stomp In The Studio

Stomp In The Studio

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Released 2016. 12 solo tracks of original and traditional material. Featuring voice, piano, guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and dancing.

A Private Party For The Lord's

A Private Party For The Lord's

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Released June 2016. 12 tracks of blues Stompin' Dave & Earl Jackson.

Rustic Mayhem

Rustic Mayhem

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Released 2016. 12 track CD featuring bluegrass and old-time music from Stompin' Dave & His Bluegrass Band.

Live At The Bullfrog Blues Club

Live At The Bullfrog Blues Club

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Recorded live at The Bullfrog Blues Club January 2016. 12 tracks of mainly original electric guitar and keyboard material featuring award winning drummer Sam Kelly.

Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew

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Stompin' Dave & His Bluegrass Band CD. 8 tracks of classic bluegrass material. Released in 2015.

Live From The Sticks!

Live From The Sticks!

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Stompin' Dave live album. Recorded live at Evershot Village Hall. 8 tracks of original electric guitar and keyboard material featuring award winning drummer Sam Kelly. Released in 2015.

Flatpickin' Guitar

Flatpickin' Guitar

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17 tracks of flatpicking guitar instrumentals.

One Foot Across The Pond

One Foot Across The Pond

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19 tracks of old-time fiddle and banjo music.

Stompin' The Blues

Stompin' The Blues

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17 tracks of blues with Earl Jackson.

Old-time Fiddle & Banjo

Old-time Fiddle & Banjo

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17 tracks of old-time fiddle and banjo.

Sorry but the following Stompin' Dave CD albums are currently out of print:
 
 Westwood Bound
 Like A Lotus Flower Growing In Muddy Waters
 Fake American Accent
 Original Blues
 More Original Blues
 Piano Covered
 Live at the RPA
 Mystery Train
 Country Blues
 Bluegrass Banjo Solos
 Electric
 Common Ground

 
Stompin' Dave CD Reviews
 
STOMPIN’ DAVE & SAM KELLY 
Live From The Sticks 

 
Stompin Dave is a multi-instrumentalist of the highest quality along with his trademark stomp, whether on guitar, banjo, keys, fiddle or harp. This live release sees him join forces with the ubiquitous and far more widely known talent of Sam Kelly on drums, for a rampaging set of electric blues which amazingly is merely a single dimension of his incredible versatility.

Opening on bar room piano and then joined by Sam on drums, ‘Every Day I Have The Blues’ shows Dave’s powerful sharp edged metallic timbre vocals to the fore with a really authentic vibe. He turns to fluid and articulate guitar on the self-penned ‘Breaking Down’ before reverting to piano and harp for another original, ‘I Love You Baby’, a lovely boogie with some attractive deft touches from Sam.

Building in intensity, a scintillating and electrifying ‘Stomping Guitar Boogie’ does exactly that, and you can sense the dancers in the crowd reacting accordingly. His trademark stomp precedes a fast handed to pin drop guitar fade out. Dave’s drawling vocal and rolling piano sees him ‘Do A Little Boogie Today’ with super little vignettes of drum solos and riffs from the urbane Mr Kelly.

Another cover ‘Matchbox’ is a vehicle for that stonking honkytonk piano with a salacious “I’ll be your little dog when your big dog comes” refrain, complete with the appropriate canine impersonations from the band, clearly enjoying every minute. An original ‘Back Door Man’, not the standard cover, features compulsive and frenetic guitar work before Sam joins in with a cleverly synchronised section before first drums and then stomp precede vibrant chiming guitar.

One of Dave’s favourite pieces, ‘Mother Earth’ closes out the set with lovely piano and harp and the satisfied sardonic lyric “No matter who you are, we all go back to mother earth”. With no overdubs and minimal chatter between tracks this is a very worthwhile 50 minute listen and a splendid souvenir of just one facet of Dave’s diverse and myriad talents. It is also abundantly clear as to the rapport and sheer enjoyment of these two fine musicians operating in tandem.

Bob Chaffey
Blues In Britain (September 2015)

STOMPIN' DAVE & SAM KELLY
Live From The Sticks 
Eight tracks recorded live at the turn of the year in Dorset, released as picked-up and without overdubs. The energy here is always positive with Stompin' Dave's keyboard skills well to the fore while Sam Kelly lends his magisterial presence on drums with support from Jules Bushell on bass guitar. Both Kelly and Bushell ensure a rock-solid backbone to the album giving Dave (Allen) plenty of room to enjoy himself on vocals, guitar, keys and, on a number of takes, harp; track three I Love You Baby, is a barn-stormer with Bushell's bass work solid and Kelly ripping it up good-style while Dave moves effortlessly from keys to harp and back throughout.

The album opens with a fine, down-low version of the old Memphis Slim standard Every Day I Have The Blues, one of BB's personal trademark tracks, here covered with passion and punch, Kelly clearly enjoying 
laying down an appropriately stomping rhythm while Dave's keys are barrel-house, honky-tonk at its best. Anything featuring the wonderful Sam Kelly on skins is bound inevitably to have a screaming, pounding backbeat that soars along with bags of guts.

Live From The Sticks could well be a direct, albeit slightly sly, reference to Kelly's input here or more
prosaically the Wessex village hall where the album was recorded. Whatever, mostly twelve-bar driven the overall result cruises through a couple of Memphis Slim's old favourites with the addition of Mother Earth giving Chatman the credits to both top and tail this offering. In the mix, Carl Perkins' old early rocker Matchbox fair romps along with the remaining tracks in similar vein all written by Stompin' Dave Allen himself. This is nothing short of classic juke-joint blues from the sticks.
Iain Patience
Blues Matters(December 2015)
 
 
STOMPIN' DAVE
Common Ground

Stompin' Dave is a man for all occasions and a popular attraction on the live scene. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, piano, harmonica, banjo and much more. He has his own electric Blues band and has also previously played with top British Blues band The Producers. For this latest solo album Dave features traditional American songs with fingerstyle guitar accompaniment and he kicks off with that old chestnut 'Rising Sun Blues'.

This old favourite is played in an old time country Blues style and comes up sounding as fresh as a daisy - lovely jubbly. Another old Blues classic 'St. James Infirmary' gets similar treatment and then we get 'Great Big Dog' which is a gentle, lilting lullaby with Dave crooning to rolling guitar accompaniment. For the England rugby fans amongst us we get a swift run through of that old spiritual 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot'. It's a great song but how it ever came to be sung at Twickenham beats me. The sound quality is excellent and recording was done just as it should be for this sort of music - live with no overdubs.

As always with Dave he manages to instil his bubbly personality into the music and this is particularly evident on my favourite track, the oft covered, 'Bottle Up And Go'. There is a touch of country, a smidgeon of bluegrass, a dollop of Blues, a hint of gospel and it all comes together in a tasty stew. The jaunty tale of 'Railroad Bill' is accompanied by some nifty picking and is followed by the swinging 'Down By The Riverside'. This lovely album closes with the story of 'Old Dan Tucker' who was a "fine old man, washed his face in the frying pan". As you do! I really did  enjoy this album and can thoroughly recommend it to all lovers of acoustic Blues and Americana. It will bring a smile to your face.
Dave Drury
Blues Matters
Feb/Mar 2013

 
 
 Maverick Magazine March 2011
 http://www.maverick-country.com/
 Stompin’ Dave’s Electric Band
 LIVE AT THE R.P.A
 Self released LATRPA 01
 ****

Stellar performances by all involved. To use the word ‘extraordinary’ about the British talent which comes in the form of Stompin’ Dave would be the understatement of the century. Joined here by Graham Bundy on drums and Chris Lonergan on bass, the sound which this trio creates is something I recommend to many having personally seen this band perform before to a packed house at the 2010 Southsea Folk & Roots Festival.
 
Recorded live at both the Royal Portland Arms and the Ship in Dorset, it always strikes me that no matter what recording is released under the name of this band, the album does not last nearly as long enough as it should do. One tune in particular which personifies this quality perfectly is Matchbox. A cover of the well-known Carl Perkins song, it is a rendition which I’m sure the great man wouldn’t have objected to being around. Stompin’ Dave’s harmonica sets the track alight and it is a damn fine tune to bop along to.
  
The opening track of the album, Stranger Blues, also impresses. With a smooth-as-silk beginning, Stompin’ Dave’s harmonica is more than capable of running the show by itself. It sets the record up so well that it gives a clear indication of the musical ecstasy the audience’s ears will soon be experiencing. A cracker of an album once more; I raise my hat to this band for music like this can only be met with rapturous applause. Russell Hill
 
Stompin’ Dave Electric Band - Live At The R.P.A.
May 2010 Blues In Britain

 
The RPA is the Royal Portland Arms in Dorset (although one track was recorded at The Ship in Upwey, a few miles up the road). Stompin’ Dave Alen has graced these pages before but for newbies, he sings, plays guitar, banjo, fiddle, piano and harmonica - and tap dances too! Here he restricts himself to vocals, electric guitar & harmonica, accompanied by Grahma Bundy on drums and Chris Lonergan on bass.
 
There is a strong DIY feel about this project. Simple direct cover artwork hints at the musical content, which is straightforward three-chord blues. Dave’s approach owes much to the folk tradition with its backroom, homemade atmosphere.
 
That’s not to say he’s not worthy of your attention, though. On the contary, he goes for it with the fire and enthusiasm of a bi-polar wizard who’s just discovered a new book of spells. His licks and solos are mainly fast and ambitious. So what if occasionally he doesn’t quite pull off a particulary frantic phrase? He’s never afraid to try and the evidence is here. No overdubs or digital manipulation for Stompin’ Dave! The tracks are mainly medium or up-tempo, with the only the original “Ain’t No Reason” and the cover of “Mother Earth” taking a relaxed pace. “What Am I Supposed To Do?” recalls early John Lee Hooker, setting up a vamp and letting it lead where it may. A homegrown original. Rating 7 - Kit Packman
 
 
Maverick Magazine
 Jan 2010
 Stompin' Dave & Dave Saunders Country Blues
 http://www.maverick-country.com/
Maverick country review

Blues Matters
Oct/ Nov 2010
Stompin' Dave & Dave Saunders Country Blues

Stompin' Dave is nothing if not hard working and prolific and should be well known to readers of this mag for reviews of his CDs and many live gigs on the south coast.

For his latest project he is accompanied on acoustic guitar by stalwart Dave Saunders from The Producers. The album opens with 'There's Still Some Wonder' which is unusually restrained for Dave being a beautiful ballad featuring double tracked vocals and a pretty slide guitar riff. Next up is the fiddle powered instrumental 'Carrol County Blues' with DS, as ever, providing an acoustic guitar backdrop. There are a number of old favourites here and Jimmy Reed's 'Baby What You Want Me To Do' is given a sprightly seeing to complete with harmonica fills.

Dave is an accomplished player of many instruments and 'The Victim' features banjo enjoyed this one. A cover of Muddy Water's 'You're gonna miss me' features driving slide guitar and then Dave switches back to fiddle for a lively romp through the instrumental 'Salty Dog'. If you've seen this man perform live then you'll know that he never lets up and happily his enthusiastic approach is all over this highly enjoyable album. The self penned 'Must Of Been An Angel' finds Dave back on banjo(actually its on guitar) which is also featured on a speedy and highly original cover of 'Going Upside Your Head'.

The pace is relentless and the instrumental 'Sliding South' features chiming guitar. 'Pig Ankle Rag' is a traditional fiddle piece with fine bowing and scraping form Dave. The old Lieber/Stoller favourite 'Kansas City Blues' is turned into a banjo fuelled country blues stomp and then the pace drops for 'Corina, Corina' The traditional 'Jackson Stomp' does what it says on the tin, before a full frontal attack on 'Big Black Train' closes out a fine album. The man's enthusiasm is infectious and his live shows sometimes border on the manic and he generates enough energy to light up any gig. Go and see him and then buy this album to take home with you.
Dave Drury

Maverick Magazine Review
July 2010
http://www.maverick-country.com/


Stompin’ Dave
ONE FOOT ACROSS THE POND
Self released OFATP001
***** (5 stars out of 5)
Awe-inspiring album from one of the world’s great performers. I simply do not know how he does it, but Stompin’ Dave has the remarkable ability of being able to play the guitar, banjo or fiddle whilst tap dancing and singing at the same time. This nineteen-track collection is outrageously brilliant and doesn’t it let its guard down at any time.

Astonishingly all instruments are played by Stompin’ Dave; the dancing and fiddling is just too good to be believed. Every note is hit in tune and percussive shuffles made to time which demonstrates what an excellent act he is to see live. His multi-skills are highly evident on songs like Double File. The concluding tune, My Own Home Waltz is an incredible way to end this album. It possesses some expert fiddling and is a tune which I hope to see performed live in the not too distant future.

This is an album that I have listened to time after time and is something I suspect many others will do as well. With appearances coming up at the Maverick Festival in July, Glastonbury and the Southsea Folk & Roots Festival in August along with performing at the National Banjo & Guitar Championships at the Walnut Valley Festival in Kansas in to several UK gigs every month, I cannot recommend Stompin’ Dave too highly. RH

July 2010
Mystery Train Review by Jonathan Madge
from http://bookspicsandblues.blogspot.com/

Stompin’ Dave Allen is one of the hardest gigging musicians in British blues (if you don’t believe me check out his tour dates) and he never fails to entertain. Now’s no exception as Stompin’ Dave’s Electric Band release their latest album Mystery Train.

As an artist, Stompin’ Dave is hard to define; he sounds perfectly suited to being a solo acoustic performer, but equally so as the front-man for this electrified three-piece. He mostly tours in the UK’s South but his voice is pure Americana.

The new album is in keeping with that spirit of ambiguity, as Dave shifts from whooping like Jerry-Lee Lewis amid mad piano solos on I’m On Fire to sounding like a 60 year old Detroit bluesman on Mean Sad World. This mix of styles keeps a tight hold on you as the album switches between well known classics and self-penned originals which sound so much like classics that they’ll have you questioning whether or not Stompin’ Dave invented the blues.

Backed by Graham Bundy on drums and Chris Lonergan, playing bass so rhythmically you could set your watch to it, Stompin’ Dave serves up frantic lead guitar and measured, soulful piano with deft skill. The result is an album that not only sounds like it features a host of blues legends, but also sounds as fresh as music did when they were writing it.


Blues Matters! Review Spring 2010
issue 53
http://www.bluesmatters.com


STOMPIN' DAVE ALLEN
Fake American Accent

From 1999 until 2006 Dave was known as Doctor Stomp, but he then adopted his present soubriquet. “Fake American Accent” gives a wonderful idea of one area of the man's talents. It contains 27 tracks, all solo efforts recorded with no overdubs. The material includes plenty of bluegrass, old-timey sounds, hoedowns, deep folk tunes, old minstrel numbers and of course Blues, played on fiddle, banjo or guitar. The set is split fairly evenly between instrumentals and vocal tracks, and even though Dave may be using a fake American accent, his high, slightly nasal singing does sound very authentic. Stompin'? “Tap dancing” as the sleeve calls it, though that does not convey the sometimes quite crazy 'foot breaks' that can be heard. Dave is an energetic performer and this CD successfully captures that plus his skill and his sense of fun.

STOMPIN' DAVE'S ELECTRIC BAND
Live At The R.P.A.
Dave started his electric band in 2007, and here he plays rack harp and electric guitar backed by drums and bass “in front of a very small audience at the Royal Portland Arms, Dorset” in 2009. Hearing the weak sounding harp on the opener I wondered if Dave would let me down. No! It may be a warts-and-all CD but it is a delight to hear him working his way into the set, gaining in confidence as it progresses. Dave is less individual in electric mode but there are still numbers among the Chicago styled outings that don't really sound like anyone else – and he can range from T-Bone Walker to Hendrix, even within the same song. A little rockabilly and boogie really do enhance a CD that will please Dave's existing fans and hopefully bring him some new ones.
Norman Darwen

Maverick Magazine. Review of Fake American Accent, Oct/ Nov 09
Rating 5 (out of 5)

Outrageous banjo picking and sublime fiddling by an artist who has the talent of being able to play these difficult-enough instruments whilst tap dancing and singing at the same time.

Based in Dorset and responsible for what can only be described as a remarkable talent of being able to tap dance whilst playing either the banjo or fiddle as well as singing as though he’s come straight from 1930’s Louisiana, Stompin’ Dave Allen is one guy whose skill is best demonstrated, if not seen at one of his many gigs, in this twenty-seven release which is actually his third album.

Some downright classic tracks are attempted on this album and by all means he doesn’t diminish his credentials as a top-class performer with his own renditions of them. The Wabash Cannonball is certainly a perfect example of this. Attempted here on banjo with his dancing more than evident, I can vouch for his dancing talents as having personally seen him live countless times which is quite a sight to see.

This particular version has a most genuine and authentic sound which I’m sure The Carter Family wouldn’t object to listening all the way through with the concluding few seconds most awesome. Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down has been interpreted in countless versions, with some done to more success than others, but here Stompin’ Dave can count himself in the former due to his version being recorded in such a euphoric style that it makes you want to see this artist live. A track I haven’t heard for some time appears on this album, and boy how it was a complete surprise and delight to hear.

The track being Charlie Monroe’s It’s Only A Phonograph and played on acoustic guitar, Stompin’ Dave’s version is one which tries to keep true to the original version and hits the spot in many ways. Maybe it’s the style of the picking or the tone of his own vocals is neither here or there, but when tracks by the greats are recorded with such love and, most importantly, talent to pull it off than artists like Charlie Monroe can be continually celebrated for years to come.

Never have I seen or heard an artist quite like Stompin’ Dave Allen. How the heck he had the idea to start playing bluegrass music whilst tap dancing is beyond me but does that matter when his music is as good as this? Russell Hill


Blues Matters! Review of Stompin' Dave On DVD, June/ July 09:

This is a down home type production from a down home type of guy, and as a showcase for a huge talent, it succeeds dramatically. In recent years, acts like Son Of Dave and Seasick Steve have shown us that a one-man Blues act, where all your physical extremities are put to dazzling rhythmic use, can be just as exciting as a band. Stomp boxes and sampling machines have opened up so many possibilities, but Dave Allen is ahead of the game for various reasons. One is his sheer versatility. He’s a terrific banjo player, a remarkable fiddle player and plays a mean national steel guitar.

But that’s just the beginning. The DVD opens with a series of still photos, wherein we see the steel soles and heels of Dave’s shoes. So, when he plays, he doesn’t just keep rhythm like Seasick Steve - this man tap dances so brilliantly on his ‘dancing board’ (well, that’s what I call it) that you don’t know where to look - his feet, face or fingers?! The man’s a musical, rhythmical revelation. You get seventeen tracks on this DVD, five of which Dave composed himself, plus some reliable traditional pieces, such as ‘Wabash Cannonball’ and ‘Bonapartes Retreat’. His style is mesmerising and infectious and he ought to be booked at every festival going.


Blues In The South. Review Of Fake American Accent, April 08:

Dave Allen’s spectacular talent leaves us less talented people open mouthed in amazement. These two CDs show the multifaceted aspects of his work in all their glory. Fake American Accent is Dave in his (solo) bluegrass/ American roots music mode, with examples of his guitar, banjo and fiddle playing which, while they may sometimes come with a vocal in that bogus accent, (he hails from Bridport) loose absolutely nothing for that.

Most of the music here is 19th and occasional 20th Century or older, stuff. The playing is exemplary and of course often comes with Dave’s skilled tap / flat-foot dancing/ clogging as part of the package. Once there was a show involving a ventriloquist on the radio (bet you can’t see my lips move!) and you might think that dancing on a CD is in the same category. But trust me, this really works adding a rhythmic dimension that is nothing short of magical.


Blues In Britain. Review of Like A Lotus Flower Growing In Muddy Waters, July 08:
Not to be confused with either an Irish comedian or a Californian surf guitarist, this Dave Allen hails from Bridport in Dorset and purveys Blues and other American roots musics, in both acoustic and electric formats. He does it well too; both of the sets under review are blues recordings, missing out on the bluegrass and other material that Dave performs maybe, but I doubt too many readers will mourn their absence – especially since this CDs is very fine indeed.

The acoustic set, dating from November 2006, features Stompin’ Dave on guitars, harmonica, percussion and tap-dancing (that’s right!), in addition to vocals – with no overdubs. Stylistically the tracks span a range from delicately finger-picked, nicely melodic material (all numbers are Allen originals) and items with the tap-dancing (or stomping, if you prefer) a significant and valid contribution through to raw, Mississippi styled one man band efforts in a Joe Hill Louis or Doctor Ross vein, or slightly more gently, perhaps recalling Jesse Fuller. Judging from the tap dancing, I would guess that Dave's gigs are visual spectaculars too. Well worth investigating. Rating: 8 - Norman Darwen

Suited and Booted. Review of Westwood Bound, December 06:

Anyone who has been out and about listening to live music in South Somerset and West Dorset over the last few years is likely at some time to have heard Dave Allen play.

In previous incarnations he was known as Dr Stomp and played alongside Professor Oz. Well now Dr Stomp and Professor Oz are no more. So ladies and gentlemen please allow me to present Stompin’ Dave Allen! Stompin’ Dave continues to belt out his mix of one man folk, blues and roots music. He is truly a one man band; this is not meant pejoratively, this man can really play!

Dave manages to play banjo, stomp on a wooden board (to provide percussion accompaniment ) and sing all at the same time. He also manages to play guitar, fiddle and harmonica although not always at the same time! If you have not seen him play live then do check out one of his performances, dynamic hardly begins to describe the energy this man brings to the creation of music. He is quite simply a bluesy, rootsy folky dynamo of musical creativity!

Dave has released a new CD of both traditional and self penned tunes (along with one by Henry C. Work). The CD is titled Westwood Bound and has twenty eight tracks with, as he puts it in the sleeve note, “no overdubs!” There is a great mix of both traditional tunes and new works the longest of which (My Grandfathers Clock) is still only just over four minutes in length. You won’t get bored with this disc. If you like blues and roots this disc is a treat it will have you smiling and toe tappin’ in no time!