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Louie Allen: Rutland-area native is rising star

Rising country-western genre performer Louie Allen traces his roots to Rutland County; the musician was born in 1960 in West Rutland and is looking forward to a return to his old stomping grounds with an appearance at the 2009 Vermont State Fair in Rutland in September.

Playing guitar and performing on stage at a very early age, Allen moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C. at the age of 18. Always yearning to write music, sing, and perform on stage, Allen formed a country music band, called Quarterline, before the age of 20.

Allen's band played the Myrtle Beach area for 17 years. After cutting his teeth in the south, Allen started opening shows and attracting fans. He has opened shows for popular Nashville stars such as Keith Whitley, Shelly West, Mel McDaniel, and Steve Wariner.

Allen and his wife now live in Tennessee, close to the heart of country music, however, Vermont memories are never too far away.

Both Allen's first and second single "Honky Tonk Lake" and "Red Neck Alley" were ranked no. 1 on the Indie World charts. And the performer's newest album, titled "Redneck Alley", produced for Buckin' Records by award-winning producer James Williams, has received praise by fans and critics.

Allen will appear Sept. 12-13 at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland with multiple shows on the Sugarhouse Stage. Several of these shows will be broadcast live on Cat Country Radio locally.

Allen is presently playing around the Nashville area.

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