Karen Allen – This War
Karen Allen – This War
Karen Allen’s upbringing in Point Pleasant, West Virginia has a surprising effect on her life and music. While grounded in country folk and roots rock, Karen gravitates to indie pop, alt rock and experimental sounds. All of these influences fuel a musical landscape for telling her unique story of love, loss, forgiveness, and transcendence.
Karen is best known as the founding member of the alt-grunge band Crazy Jane. The band recorded and toured in support of three albums, performed at the legendary CBGBs (NYC), NPR’s “Mountain Stage”, NXNE Music Festival (Toronto) to name a few and alongside acts such as They Might Be Giants, Violent Femmes, Donna the Buffalo, Julian Lennon, and Robyn Hitchcock.
Deeply affected by the 9/11 tragedy, Karen immersed herself in humanitarian work, becoming a skilled community organizer focused on helping disaster survivors and military members and families affected by war. During that time, Karen also began playing drums and recorded with indie rock duo Tofujitsu and experimental rock trio Fabulous Head.
Her upcoming release, “Here We Are Now,” is the culmination of a life beset with extraordinary experiences. The record was engineered and produced by Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star). From honest provocative lyrics to moody atmospheric swirls and textures to unforgettable melodies, Karen embraces her power and prowess as a musician to deliver her best work yet.
Here We Are Now new album by Karen Allen
As the saying goes… those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Such simple truths often house the harshest realities. In that regard, the latest album from Charleston, West Virginia singer/songwriter Karen Allen is a history lesson – a look back, courtesy of hindsight and time, at missteps and muck ups, regrets and resolve, perseverance and peace. But Here We Are Now is also a reflection of the one true thing we are all guaranteed: the present. Indeed, it is a gift, and one that’s especially sweet experienced through the clarity of lessons learned.
Her most personal album to date, Karen’s voice has never sounded as controlled or confident in her twenty years of making music. She not only composed the music and lyrics on Here We Are Now but also sings and performs drum and guitar duties. The album is produced by Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star), who adds lush flourishes of piano, keyboards, guitar and backing vocals. Primarily recorded at Ken’s studio near Seattle, Washington, the album also features John Kessler on bass guitar, and Ken’s daughter Aden Stringfellow provides backing vocals on a couple of album tracks.
Forgiveness. Redemption. Gratitude. We are all worthy, in spite of the past or, perhaps, because of it. Either way, that was then. Here we are now.