The Allen Thompson Band — East Nashville stalwarts for the better part of the last decade — could very well be writing the soundtrack for their ever-evolving neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood that, like the band, has changed markedly over the years, ever since Thompson — a Virginia native — left his home state and headed west.
They’re a rock & roll band with roots in southern soul, California country, and psychedelic music. Along the way, they’ve grown a bit louder, too, adding a keyboardist to the lineup and replacing Thompson’s acoustic guitar — a familiar sound on earlier albums like Salvation in the Ground — with its electric cousin. The songs still takes their cues from the music that came out of San Francisco and Laurel Canyon during the ’70s, but the sound has broadened over the years, now owing just as much to the rock & roll that roared out of Minneapolis and Athens during the following decade.
The sound coming out of Nashville these days is eclectic and ever-changing, which suits the Allen Thompson Band’s broadening sound. Rather than mimicking the past, Allen and the Boys are using their collective inspirations to reflect the sights, sounds, triumphs, and tragedies of their current surroundings, all the while keeping a hopeful eye toward the future, where more big things are in store.