Kellie Allen, Guitar


Kellie grew up listening to her grandma’s piano playing, her dad’s barbershop quartet singing, her mom’s tales of playing the snare drum in the ladies’ USO band in Victoria, TX, her five siblings’ vocal harmonies, and the beginning days of brother Greg’s old time banjo playing and fiddling, which led to his persistent requests for guitar backup from Kellie. She responded by using her guitar skills to form an alternative rock band, Pay Attention. The Allen family still spends time singing whenever they get together.

Kellie has developed a driving backup guitar style with bass runs, listening extensively to guitar heroes such as Roy Harvey, Riley Puckett and Charlie Monroe. She has adapted that to the upright bass, and in recent years has been playing mandolin.


Her vocal influences start with Maybelle Carter, Julia Mainer, and gospel great Jeanette Cooke, and include the tenor singers of the great brother duets such as Ira Louvin and Bill Monroe. She is also an excellent lead singer, having won a number of singing prizes at festivals.

Kellie's session will include old-time backup guitar, some work on bass runs, and fitting into the string band setting. She'll also present an hour-long workshop with Pete on Duet and Harmony Singing. 

Each Master Clinic has 12 spaces for students.  

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