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DownTown Mystic

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Robert Allen
Garry W. Tallent
Max Weinberg

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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 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, as well as young Turks like Band of Heathens.

The DownTown Mystic CD has become DownTown Mystic’s most successful release to date,  spending 10 months on the AMA Radio Charts. The CD has also been in the Top 10 on the Roots 66 Airplay Charts and the Roots Music Report, the #1 independent music chart in the world, with the single Way To Know going to #1 on the Roots Music Report Alt/Rock Song Chart.

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.

It would be DownTown Mystic’s previous cd, Standing Still, that would put the Americana/Roots-Rock artist on the map. Standing Still would garner a good deal of Americana Radio airplay, landing DownTown Mystic on both the AMA Radio Chart in the US and the Euro/Americana Top 25 Chart in Europe. The airplay helped lead to a European Licensing Deal and the release of Standing Still to critical acclaim on AGR/Sony Music in Europe. 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 LA, 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 on American TV, 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…

“If this was a vinyl recording, I would have worn out the grooves”…Rick Jamm/JamSphere

“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

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09/23/15 13:30:13



cover Standing StillTitle:Standing Still
Label:Sha-La Music
Release date:2011-01-04
cover DownTown Mystic EPTitle:DownTown Mystic EP
Label:Sha-La Music
Release date:2011-09-12
cover Brian Jones - SingleTitle:Brian Jones - Single
Label:Sha-La Music
Release date:2012-07-09
cover Read the SignsTitle:Read the Signs
Label:Sha-La Music
Release date:2012-12-21
cover No ExceptionsTitle:No Exceptions
Label:Sha-La Music
Release date:2013-04-22
cover Lost & FoundTitle:Lost & Found
Label:Sha-La Music
Release date:2013-06-11
cover Way to KnowTitle:Way to Know
Label:Sha-La Music
Release date:2013-08-12


Title:DownTown Mystic Featured Artist on The Alternate Root Magazine (read article)
Author:Danny McCloskey/The Alternate Root
Title:AGR Television Records signs DownTown Mystic (read article)
Author:AGR Televsion Records Press Release
Title:DownTown Mystic "Standing Still" CD Review (read article)
Author:Rod Ames/Review You
Title:AGR Television Records To Release DownTown Mystic CD (read article)
Author:AGR Television Records/Hamburg, Germany
Title:DownTown Mystic "Standing Still" CD Review (read article)
Author:David Innes / R2 Magazine UK / January-February 2012
Title:RADAR: DownTown Mystic on Direct Current (read article)
Author:Dave Curtis
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