You may not be familiar with the name yet, but let this be a warning that you should change that.
And you won’t have to look any further than his debut album The Game for proof.
A native of Austin, Texas, Allen is one of the newest faces making a splash on the Austin music scene. He has quickly amassed his own fan base by playing local venues, like the iconic Continental Club, but has also landed spots at some of the biggest music festivals in the nation.
Allen made his Austin City Limits Festival debut in 2021, and is slated to play both Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza this year. Not to mention he has a date opening up for the Avett Brothers later this year, too.
At only 19 years old, Allen is just starting his career in music, but songwriting has been in his blood for generations. His grandfather, Terry Allen, is a Texas songwriting legend, known most notably for his timeless song “Amarillo Highway,” among others.
Carrying on the torch from his grandfather, Allen released his first single, “Good Times,” back in February, and it has since amassed over 60,000 listens on Spotify. He followed that track with three more singles, “Shine,” “Stone,” and “Show Me the Way,” prior to releasing his full debut record The Game on June 9.
He began recording the project over a year ago, and it was through that process that he discovered a true passion for songwriting. Influenced by the likes of his grandfather, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt, Allen has immersed himself in the songwriting of some of the best to ever do it, and it shows.
The Game was engineered by Grammy Award winner Jacob Sciba, and produced by legendary Austin guitarist Charlie Sexton, who has played alongside Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others. The ten song album showcases Allen’s songwriting ability and a unique sound that is setting him apart, even at his young age, that makes you want to tap your feet and sing along.
With a long career ahead of him, we can only imagine Calder Allen’s music will only get even better. So get on it early, and go listen to his debut album The Game.