Allen is a songwriter, guitarist, engineer, producer, and studio owner, originally from Winchester, VA. He was the lead guitarist in several successful local bands including, Spartacus, Pocket Change, No Exit, Falcon, and Blue Streak. Allen played on a CD that was produced by John Palumbo of “Crack The Sky” fame. That association inspired Allen to release his own CD under the band name Shield. He formed the blues rock band Blue Streak in the late 90’s and released Blue Streak Live. He’s had several songs published and “Don’t Look Back”, from the Shield CD released by Elvin Spencer who recorded for the “Goldwax” label. Allen is currently playing with A. D. D. on their "Thursday Night Laundry Club" CD. It is instrumental, original music, played with commitment, featuring melodic guitar and bass over top of contemporary keyboards and dynamic drumming.