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Unless It Isn't

by Johnnye Allee

An intimate and earthy blend of stripped-down story driven pop-folk/rock that American Songwriter magazine calls "a stunning suite of songs." Kinda John Hiatt meets Paul Simon at Lyle Lovett’s house.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Everything Will Be All Right
3:51 $0.99
2. On the Kern County Line
6:00 $0.99
3. Another New York Knockout
4:08 $0.99
4. I'm the Apostrophe
3:52 $0.99
5. Fire Is Yellow
5:13 $0.99
6. That's the Thing of It
4:21 $0.99
7. Torn
4:40 $0.99
8. Texas to Tuesday
4:37 $0.99
9. A Simple Transpicuous Philippic; Or, You're Not Nice
4:07 $0.99
10. Half On the Side of the Leaver
4:31 $0.99
11. Hidden in the Crosshairs
3:11 $0.99
12. I Love You Like This
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Album Notes
"Songcraft with cinematic touches, intricate, original melodies and winning vocal performances" -- Music Connection

“Unless It Isn't” is singer-songwriter Johnnye Allee's debut album that American Songwriter magazine calls "a stunning suite of songs. " Combining a gentle and fluid voice with acoustic piano, acoustic and electric guitars, and drums, his music is an earthy blend of stripped-down, story driven pop folk/rock freshly brewed and served up steaming from the American roadhouse. His unconventional songs are at once wry, intimate, soulful, cinematic, and poignant.

From the rootsy, ice-house feel of “Everything Will Be All Right," to the mournful country-flavor of “On the Kern County Line” and “Texas to Tuesday," all of the songs on this album have a personal musical style that is grounded in the traditions of the great singer-songwriters from the sixties and seventies. “I’m the Apostrophe” and “Fire is Yellow” take on a heat-hazed swampy intensity with “Torn” adding a measure of ethereal ambience and “Half on the Side of the Leaver” lending gospel tinged raw-boned grit. “That’s the Thing of It” introduces an almost symphonic piano-based pop sound, while “A Simple Transpicuous Philippic; or, You're Not Nice” plays it folk-traditional in an homage to Paul Simon’s send up of Bob Dylan. “Another New York Knockout," “Hidden in the Crosshairs," and “I Love You Like This” display crisply poetic lyrics and haunting melodies, with a rich sense of harmony in the elegantly simple arrangements.

Johnnye is a recipient of the ASCAP/Sammy Cahn Award for excellence in lyric writing (past winners include John Mayer, Josh Ritter and Lori McKenna) and a multi-faceted performer whose music and acting credits include appearances on stage at Arizona Theatre Company, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Pasadena Playhouse, The Wiltern Theatre, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Houston Grand Opera, and the Mark Taper Forum, among others. He has also performed for audiences in Europe and Russia, though, thankfully, he says, in his native English. TV and Film appearances include “Grease 2," “Always Say Goodbye," “Phoenix," “Shattered Vows," “Candid Camera," “Nowhere Fast," and “Hope and Gloria."

Johnnye is also an award winning author and composer of musical plays, including “The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear” and “Poet’s Garden” (which won the Backstage West Garland Award for Best Musical Score). His songs have been performed in clubs, theatres and on national TV.

“Unless It Isn’t” makes a great addition to your collection if you’re a fan of Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Paul Simon, fellow ASCAP Sammy Cahn Award winners Josh Ritter and John Mayer, Five For Fighting, Damien Rice, Jimmy Lafave, James Blunt, Elliot Smith, Ray Lamontagne, Dave Matthews, Alexi Murdoch, Chris Whitley, Marc Cohn, Rufus Wainwright, Charlie Sexton …



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Laura Stewart

Fabulous cd by extremely talented gentleman
This CD mixes beautiful folky acoustic harmonies with roadhouse rock and, not surprisingly with Johnnye beautiful piano accompaniment. A Treasure.

Gogi Grant

This is the kind of music I love -- GOOD.
This is the kind of music I love -- GOOD. The songs
are original and wonderful and the voice of Johnnye Allee too good to be true. An honest-to-God winner!

Ginny Winn

Love it! Great music, lyrics, performance. They deserve to be heard by billion

Michael Lennox

Great CD - Unless It Isn't definitely IS!
One great song after another, this first time CD is proof positive that the lost art of songwriting has a few champions out there. With sensitive, poetic lyrics and often haunting melodies, Johnye Allee slips easily from style to style, but always remains true to the craft of storytelling and music as a journey for the listener!

Crystal Robbins

Must have!
Johnnye is a poet of depth and candor. I love these quality vocals and raw, open and accessible lyrics. Reminds me of one of my fav's TBone Burnett. Songwriting that is storytelling: memorable and layered.

Sarah Kim Wilde

Not to be missed!
Beyond technique or raw talent alone, this is REAL music- the kind that moves flawlessly from the singer’s soul to the listener’s ear, wowing us with it’s own sheer necessity. Earnest and magical, passionate and wry, Johnnye’s philosophical musings and acute observations are peppered with plucky surprises and delicate intricacies. Heartbreakingly honest piano, vocals that caress and inspire- this is an album you simply must own.