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Patrick Allen: Bio

Patrick Allen was raised with music. His father and uncle were in a popular vocal quartet in the 50's and he grew up listening to people like The Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole and other great standards artists of the time. When The Beatles invaded America the bug bit a lot harder. He picked up the guitar and by his early teens was absorbed by it, picking up everything he could from guitar giants like Clapton, Page, Beck and all the other great players. Through high school he played in blues and rock bands and in the mid-seventies joined a funk and soul band called "Zulu" where his musical gears were shifted. The material he had mostly played like Doobie Brothers, Cream, Led Zeppelin and James Gang now switched to Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone and The Spinners. It was a huge turnaround and he couldn't get enough of it. He continued to play in various groups on the road and in the Twin Cities through the decade and into the 80's when the whole Minneapolis music scene exploded with the success of Prince, Funkytown, The Time and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. After a break to start a family, he returned to music around the millenium with a focus on writing and recording. For his first cd, 'bout time!, he was fortunate enough to recruit some of the best of the best from the Minneapolis musician pool including The Hornheads (Prince), Ricky Peterson (Prince, David Sanborn, John Mayer), Bobby Vandell (Bonnie Raitt, Jesse Johnson) and Estaire Godinez (George Benson) just to name a few. He continues to play in and around the Minneapolis area and is now writing again with plans to record a follow-up disc to 'bout time!