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Allison Thrash

Fondly claiming dual citizenship in Austin and Houston, Texas, Allison Thrash and her handpicked band of talented and seasoned Blues/Jazz musicians deliver heart-to-heart original Texas Blues penned by a woman who knows it well.  Texas Music Magazine, Winter 2010 reports “…now based in Austin, sultry, powerhouse Allison Thrash describes her sound as “Thrash and Moan Blues”…That’s no mere pun though–it’s a promise.”

Allison Thrash was featured in the February 2012 release of American Blues News in an interview for their national and international readers. She was also interviewed and featured by GoGirls Music in both their March and July 2012 releases.

This year during Austin’s 2012 SXSW Music Festival, Thrash performed her own brand of Blues in her showcase sponsored by Planet LA Records (a leading indie label and music publisher based in Los Angeles, CA with a roster of national and international artists). She performed at the June 2012 Houston (Texas) Beer Festival (10,000 attendees) and headlined at the July 2012 Browngrass Festival in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, where its famed music fans delightedly called for two encore performances.

With her regular performances in and around Austin’s Sixth Street and South Congress Districts and additional shows this year throughout Texas and the nation, along with the planned Fall release of her third album, Allison Thrash is spreading her word and collecting music disciples along her way!

Thrash was chosen to showcase as a headliner at NXNE’s 2005 Music Conference in Toronto where she performed to a sell-out crowd.  Also in 2005, she performed with the legendary Hosea Hargrove on the stage of the Historic Victory Grill (the only venue from the Chitlin’ Circuit still actively hosting shows).  She was chosen to perform for the 2006 COORS Light Presents Music Festival at San Antonio’s Historic Sunset Station’s House of Blues.  Also in 2006, she performed with the legendary Pinetop Perkins on the stage of Austin’s premiere Blues venue Nunos on Sixth Street.  She was chosen to showcase as an Emerging Artist at Arkansas’ 2007 Heritage & (King Biscuit) Blues Festival where she was embraced by the Delta Blues community.  Also in 2007, she performed at the internationally acclaimed McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston.  She was chosen to perform at the 2008 ZilkerFest Annual Festival,  one of Austin’s favored annual music events.  She was chosen to perform during the 2010 Republic of Texas (ROT) Rally & Music Festival, one of the nation’s top festivals with attendance numbers averaging between 30,000 and 40,000.  Also in 2010, she was chosen to showcase at the Spring Fling Music Festival, produced by AMU Communications and hosted by Giddy Ups, one of the last remaining true honky tonks in Texas.

Thrash received Honorable Mention awards in the World Music Category of the 2009 Billboard Magazine Song Contest for her songs, Last Night the Blues Came, Fight Dirty, Gimme Some Solitude and Mother.  She received an Honorable Mention award in the R&B Category of the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song, Last Night the Blues Came.  She performed as the ASCAP Songwriter for the Austin Songwriters Group’s Songwriters in the Round at the renowned Saxon Pub, Austin, TX.  She received a First Place award in the R&B Category of the Austin Songwriters Group’s annual competition for her song, Memories Lounge.  She performed as an invited singer-songwriter for the Austin Songwriters Group’s Songwriters in the Round at the acclaimed The Backyard, Austin, TX.  Hit and Run Music picked up her song, Memories Lounge, while her song, Woman Enough, was picked up by Hamstein Publishing, both formerly of Austin, TX.  She was the featured musical act for the Texas Legislature’s End of Session event at the historic Broken Spoke, Austin, TX.  She performed as an invited singer-songwriter for the Women Who Rock Songwriters Showcase, at the El Mercado Music Lounge, Austin, TX.  She performed as an invited singer-songwriter for the Songsalive Songwriters Showcase at Oslo’s on 6th Street, Austin, TX.  All her tracks are receiving worldwide radio and internet airplay, including Hambone’s Rumshack (UK), Midnight Special Blues Radio (FR), Women of Substance Radio, Dr. Lou Radio Show, 104.7FM iRadio LA and many more.

Thrash has focused on writing and performing, working with such artists as Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), Philippe Vieux (Bonnie Raitt), Ephraim Owens (Doyle Bramhall), Kaz Kazanoff (The Texas Horns, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy) and is presently performing and touring with Trevor Detling (ThunderDrums Percussion), Tjarko Jeen (Ronnie Dawson, Modern Don Juans) and James Elmo (Jes) Sproat (Austin Civic Orchestra, Nash Hernandez Orchestra).

Thrash has also focused efforts toward television and film and new material for other artists, writing under Labrador Hill Music, her independent publishing company.  In 2004, she released her full-length CD of ten original Blues songs, Talking Thrash.  In 2006, she released a four-song promotional EP, Brace Yourself, comprised of three of her own Blues tunes, after which came another 2008 four-song promotional EP of originals, Fight Dirty.  Her 2009 release, Solitude, is another full-length CD highlighting twelve of her original Blues songs.  With the anticipated Fall 2012 release of her third full-length CD, stay tuned for more Thrash!

“…fantastic sexy sultry vocals…jazzy and bluesy…” (Cornbread, STLBlues.net)

“…she possesses an incredibly powerful voice that will shake apples from a tree…”  (The Great Beyond)

“…this is the deep-down-from-the-soul blues baby make no mistake about it…with her Phoebe Snow meets Aretha Franklin vocal style…”  (JazzReview.com)

“…with her powerful voice, easily comparable to such greats as Aretha Franklin and Big Mama Thornton…mastered the Blues with a hallmark of feminine sass…sexy, defiant, and alive with energy and fun, we DEMAND that you check this lady out!”  (Houston Fair)

“…wonderfully unique voice of Thrash herself…it’s akin to some of the big-voiced blues women like Big Mama Thornton, Lavelle White and Nina Simone…”  (INsite Magazine)

“…beautifully written lyrics and wonderfully expressive vocals of a hard life typically filled with work, love and drinking…”  (BandFanz)

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