Smithsonian Folkways remembers singer-songwriter Harley Allen (1956-2011)
Smithsonian Folkways remembers country and bluegrass singer-songwriter Harley Allen (1956-2011). Allen recorded several albums with his brothers in the 1970's and 80's as "The Allen Brothers", and also recorded with his father, bluegrass legend, Harley "Red" Allen. He also released a number of solo albums for Folkways Records, including Across the Blueridge Mountains and Suzanne with Mike Lilly.
Known more recently for his songwriting, Allen's compositions were recorded by popular singers Alan Jackson, John Michael Montgomery, Blake Shelton, and Gary Allan. In 2002, he won two GRAMMY awards for backing-vocals on "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow", from the soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?.