Bio

Rock’n’Roll spoken here…

The sound of DownTown Mystic is “vintage yet modern”. The music is rooted in all the great traditions of American Rock‘n’Roll, blending story telling songs with vintage guitars and analog recording into a unique style that owes nods to Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Eagles, The Beatles and Rolling Stones but somehow manages to sound as contemporary as anything currently available.

“I grew up listening to all these great records…”

DownTown Mystic is the alter ego of American Rocker, Robert Allen, whose passion for “old school” recording borders on obsession. Robert adds, “I grew up listening to all these great records and their sound and style has stayed with me”. The self-titled DownTown Mystic CD is a perfect example of that sound and style, garnering strong reviews on both sides of the Atlantic that compare the music to a host of classic bands and influences.

The past year has been a busy one for DownTown Mystic with the release of 3 singles and 2 EPs on the run-up to the release of Rock’n’Roll Romantic, the 1st full album since the self-titled DownTown Mystic in 2013. That album spent 10 months on the US Americana Radio Charts, with a #1 single and #3 album on the Roots Music Report Charts. This Stateside success was built on DownTown Mystic’s 1st release, Standing Still, which found critical acclaim overseas in 2011. That album made the Top 25 Euro/Americana Chart, which lead to a Licensing Deal in Europe distributed by Sony Music.

2016 started with the release of the video single She Said, She Said, a tribute to 50 years of The Beatles classic REVOLVER album released in 1966. The single Way To Know from the DownTown Mystic on E Street EP was released in Europe and spent 3 weeks at #1. In the spring the DownTown Nashville EP was released and debuted in the Top 5 Most Added on the US Americana Association’s Radio Chart (AMA).

Robert is joined by a stellar cast of musicians…

Robert is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, including drummer extraordinaire Steve Holley (Paul McCartney/Wings/Elton John/Ian Hunter) & urban legend Paul Page (Dion/Ian Hunter) on bass, as well as one of the great rhythm sections in the history of American Rock’n’Roll–Garry Tallent & Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

In 2015 DownTown Mystic released 3 digital-only projects, the most successful being the DownTown Mystic on E Street EP, featuring Garry & Max from The E Street Band. The EP was #1 on the AirPlay Direct Global Rock Albums Chart and in 2016 the single Way To Know spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Official European Independent Music Chart. And this would not be the first time that Radio played a big part in the career of DownTown Mystic.

It started with veteran tastemaker, Jed The Fish, playing a DownTown Mystic track as his “Catch of The Day” on “World Famous” KROQ in Los Angeles, one of the most influential stations in the US. This would be followed by the “Mayor of The Sunset Strip”, legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, playing another track and leading to national airplay.

DownTown Mystic placed on The Voice, American Pickers and more…

From there, DownTown Mystic was off and running. Besides gaining recognition from Radio programmers, the DownTown Mystic Brand has been developing via Sync Licensing with music placed in movies and on over 100 TV shows, including The Voice on NBC, American Pickers on the History Channel, as well as shows on MTV, USA, CNN, Discovery, National Geographic, TLC, WE TV, GACTV and Destination America. Many of these shows are also broadcast internationally, helping to spread the music of DownTown Mystic around the world.

What they’re saying about Downtown Mystic…

“I have never heard a rock n’ roll band be so relentlessly high-quality, intelligent, thought-provoking, fun and just wonderful to hear; musically solid, and never-ever boring!”…Rick Jamm/JamSphere

“Robert Allen AKA DownTown Mystic, took those old school influences that were planted in his musical soul, tended them with reverence, pollinated them with some fresh melodies and produced a tasty crop of tunes”…Kath Galasso/OnStage Magazine

“an originality and uniqueness of sound that is exclusive to the DownTown Mystic project. Robert Allen and his crew are cutting the line and leading the way in making classic rock new again and they’re doing it with the skills of a veteran and the excitement of a rookie”…Lisa D’Arrigo/IndieMinded.com

“powerful harmonies, great guitar interplay and an overall stellar approach to rock songwriting”…Mike Mehalick/Speak Into My Good Eye

“one of the best albums of the year”…John Shelton Ivany/jsiTop21.com

“give this album a good listen. You won’t regret it”…Dani Heyvaert/Rootstime/Belgium

“gobsmackingly good”…Paul Kerr/Blabber’n’Smoke/UK

“genuine emotions and lots of soul”…Rune Hager/Rootsy/Sweden

“brilliantly conceived piece of musical art”…Rod Ames/ReviewYou.com

“unpretentious spirited music with personality and an endless flow of energy that is simply irresistible”…Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck/MuzikReviews.com

“DownTown Mystic is a real pleasure: a pure sound with a brilliant production and top musicians gives the listener the feeling there is still reasons to hope in Music”…Mike Penard “The DJ” / “American Roots Music”/RadioISA/France

“Who has ever succumbed to the charm of Creedence Clearwater Revival, will love Robert Allen’s DownTown Mystic”…Franz XA Zipperer/Piranha/Germany

“With Robert Allen and DownTown Mystic we are in the field of best crafted rock’n’roll”…Davide Albini/Roots Highway/Italy

“Allen’s influences — Byrds, Beatles, Buffalo Springfield — permeate his guitar-driven songs, adding a retro sound to his more modern Americana leanings”…Dave Curtis/Direct Current

 

Recordings available in DownTown Mystic Store

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