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Fraser / Live Music: Back to where it all began

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Rocky Mountain Roastery in Fraser is pleased to present a special extra concert this weekend with former area resident Nate Allman. The show, which is not part of its regular Java Mic Night series (regular season passes do not apply), features Allman on guitar, playing his signature folk rock sound.

“That is just the kind of music that comes out of me. I have tried to write all sorts of different styles but they never fit,” he said.

Before moving to Arizona, Allman (and his wife) lived and worked in the Fraser Valley. He came up to ski and worked for the Young Life camp at Crooked Creek.

“I skied a ton and it is where I got my start playing music,” he said.

Allman grew up in between Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas and had no formal musical training, learning his skill mostly from his life experiences. He started playing music full time for the Fraser Valley Baptist Church at the age of 25 and said he “didn’t know it was possible to play music as a job until then.”

He said, if it wasn’t for the church, there is no way he would be a full-time musician today. The church not only encouraged the budding musician, but helped him raise $10,000 to record his first CD “Loose Pockets,” which came out in May 2004.

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Through a little luck, he also received an endorsement from Breedlove Guitars and was able to pick out every piece of his guitar (named Tito), from the wood to the electronics.

“I love my guitar,” he said of his Breedlove sc 20.

Since those earlier years, Allman has been in full-time pursuit of his music and has recorded and released several albums. He has played locally at Winter Park Roastery and at the Grand Lake Folk Fest and has opened for musicians like Braddigan of Dispatch, Matt Wertz and Shane Bernard. He is also preparing for a show with Brandon Heath in late spring.

Allman has two albums out, the most recent called “Dream for Free” (which came out in August 2007), and two demo CDs of original compositions: “Africa” and “Hwy. 40 Sessions” (both came out in May 2006).

Items that inspire his music include the plights of “the less fortunate, brokenness, joy, life experience, and, of course,” he jokes, “Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.” He said he likes to play anywhere there are people to hear the music, noting a concert on the beach last month in Mexico that was “really cool,” with people sitting around a fire and listening to him share his story.

“I love being in front of people playing my music and sharing what I have written,” he said. “I always feel like the song is not finished until I play it at a couple of shows and see reactions or hear feedback. I always have a good time being on stage.”

As Grand County audiences welcome Allman back to the area, he hopes people come away from the experience with hope and joy and that they have a good time. He said his shows almost completely consist of his original tunes, but that he also likes to throw in something that everyone knows now and again.

Growing up in the South, Allman admits he is not a fan of the cold Colorado winters, but that he does miss the beautiful mountains and summers, Fourth of July celebrations, and the friends he and his wife made here.

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