Max Allen is a singer / songwriter / guitarist who has been performing professionally since the age of 16. He has over 1,000 performances to his credit at various venues, colleges, festivals and private events in nearly half the states in the country.
Known for his intricate guitar work, catchy lyrics, contagious melodies and energetic live performances, Allen is in the upper echelon of rising artists on the circuit today. The Max Allen Band has been described as a “stunningly full-sounding trio” whose music is a high energy combination of jazz, blues, funk and rock.
Over the past several years he and his bands have had the privilege of performing on stage with and/or opening for a number of great musicians and bands including The Clarks, Jim Ryser, Larry Crane, Chris Duarte, Dishwalla, Carrie Newcomer, Otiel Burbridge, Dickie Betts, The Spin Doctors, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Ekoostik Hookah, Dark Star Orchestra, Umphrey’s McGee and The Marshall Tucker Band.
With six CDs, (the latest “Ending Sun” released 2009) MAB is nearly ready to return to the studio for yet another CD . MAB is under the Big Walnut Records label.
Shaan France was born in Columbus, OH and moved to Ashland, KY at the age of three. He started playing drums at the age of 10 in his middle school band. After he graduated from high school, he went to Morehead State University (KY) to become a Music Education Major with a Percussion emphasis.
Shaan learned all aspects of percussion from symphonic, marching, funk, jazz, world and contemporary. In college, he marched and taught in the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Shaan was also part of a two time winning international marching percussion drum line.
After college, Shaan moved to Indiana where he teaches private lessons and percussion ensemble at local schools. His biggest influences are Stewart Copeland, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Vinnie Colatiuta, John Fishman and Billy Martin.
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