Kevin Allred | Gasping for Breath

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Gasping for Breath

by Kevin Allred

"Earnest, yearning, angry, energized - even during the quieter ballads, he sounds like he couldn't sit still even if you nailed his red sneakers to the floor." - Jennifer Layton for
Genre: Folk: Angry
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pretty Face
3:12 $0.99
2. Eyes of Zapata
6:11 $0.99
3. Fade to Black
3:40 $0.99
4. This is Not My Home
4:04 $0.99
5. Country Song
4:24 $0.99
6. 500 Times
3:48 $0.99
7. Strength to Say Goodbye
4:30 $0.99
8. Jesus is Burning
5:03 $0.99
9. Any But Our Own Eyes
2:04 $0.99
10. Rock Star
3:12 $0.99
11. Maybe an Angel
4:52 $0.99
12. Missouri
4:44 $0.99
13. I'm Your Man
4:16 $0.99
14. Wishful Thinking
3:51 $0.99
15. Stay
3:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Gasping for Breath is the next definitive statement in Kevin Allred's musical career. Released in May 2003, the album is an exploration of love, loss, and politics. This new deeply personal record shows Kevin's songwriting maturing with full band arrangements and lush instrumentation on fifteen brand new tracks. The songs easily switch from folk to rock to country and even a little bluegrass and hip-hop. In line with Kevin's other work, his subject matter continues to blur the lines between the personal and the political. He takes his own life experiences and invites all people to share in the common emotions that shape our humanity.

Kevin is a fierce live performer, engaging audiences by mixing music, comedy, and politics with only the aid of his acoustic guitar. He has played shows all over the West and has appeared with fellow songwriters Garrin Benfield and Arjuna Greist, among others.

The self described Singer/Songwriter/Activist loved music from a young age. He picked up the guitar at 16 and, using the music training he already had in piano, taught himself how to play. Soon, he was writing his own songs and performing for friends in living rooms and backyards. In 1999, he released the now out of print Demo Tape. In 2000, Kevin took his musical career to the next level, founding Gutter Folk Records and releasing his professionally recorded debut, Sick Today on his label. Sick Today was later picked up and distributed by Hurricane Doria Records, an independent label run by singer/songwriter Doria Roberts out of Atlanta, GA. In 2002, "Blindside", a spoken word piece from Sick Today was featured on Queer Stock, Queer Soup, a double disc compilation album benefiting queer youth advocacy organizations across the country. The compilation also includes tracks from artists such as Melissa Ferrick, Catie Curtis, Doria Roberts, and Ani Difranco and was also released on Hurricane Doria Records. More recently, the song "Stay" from Gasping for Breath was chosen by Michelle Malone to be included on Volume 7 of her Independent Music Sampler series and was released in June 2003. Kevin continues to tour in support of the new album, building a loyal and diverse fan base.

What People are saying:
"On "Pretty Face", the opening track to his second full-length album Gasping for Breath (Gutter Folk), Utah-based, openly queer singer/songwriter Kevin Allred's guitar playing reminds me of Melissa Ferrick. Allred does not mince words..."
-Gregg Shapiro, Windy City Times

"He uses just his acoustic guitar to engage the listener with songs that aren't afraid to leave a message."
-JD Doyle, AudioFile

"Kevin Allred, white knight with the heart of a poet and a lion together takes steady aim at hypocrisy, intolerance, and heartache..."
-April Burrows,



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J Larry "Larz" Rivera

Something for car or Walkman
"Fade to Black" on repeat-play setting....'nuff said.


It Reaches out and Touches
It was the exactly the kind of music I was looking for. I love the guitar playing and the songs just reach right out and touch my heart. I get all emotional listening to it. Every song is so good it hard to pick stand out tracks, but I really like Fade to Black, 500 times, jesus is burning, and I just have stop whatever I'm doing and just listen when 'this is not my home' comes up - I just love the rhythm and melody line and the lyrics are so poetic. Wish I could meet you Kevin...


This cd is a must have for your music collection!
This cd is amazing! It's very personal and intimiate into Kevin's life. Every song on here plays to a differnt emotion that everyone has felt. Kevin just has a natural ability to put into words those thoughts that describe every relationship. Kevin is the most poetic person I know and it is made evident by the lyrics on this new cd. This is a must have!

Erin Terry

One of my favorites!
Gasping for Breath is now one of my favorite CDs. I love every minute of it. It spans across so many musical styles from rock to country to hip-hop while still sticking to it's folk roots.


Even though i have heard these songs a number of times at kevin's shows i can't get enough of them. I keep listening to the cd over and over. Kevin did an amazing job on this cd - with the back up band, a track with piano, and a drum machine. If you liked kevin's first cd you'll love this. If you haven't heard his first cd buy both of them, you'll thank yourself for it.


Kevin Allred does it again!

This CD is full of more great music from an artist who definitely cares about his work. All of the songs on this new album are new and, just like his first CD, each one of them will quickly come to be among your favorite songs.

Die-hard Allred fans everywhere can't be without this latest (but certainly not last) installment. If you haven't heard Kevin Allred live...too bad for you, but this CD is the next best thing.


Best CD I've heard in a long time.
The first time I listened to this cd I was enthralled. Every song will reach you in a different way especially if you've ever been in love. The use of various instruments really adds to the quality of the lyrics and the cd in general. Buy it ASAP because you won't be able to stop listening to it!!


A wonderful collection of songs!!!
This cd is amazing. All the songs have a different sound, a different feel. I love his spoken word piece. You will not be dissapointed by the talent. Although it is not just a 'boy and his guitar' this time around, the cd still sounds stripped down, and raw. Beautiful.


My Boy Kevin
I must say being privileged enough to hear some of the songs in their embryonic stages it was amazing to welcome the creation of this CD. Gasping For Breath captures all Kevin's emotion and illustrates his evolving talent. Plus he is cute as hell.


Thank you to artists like Kevin
Country Song=My new theme song! Thank You to people like Kevin who continually express themselves in such a way that they touch each and every one of us. This a strong cd that also has a whole lotta heart. Musically, he evolves and takes it to a more lush level. Lyrically, he still delivers those thoughts that we can all relate to. Give it a listen! Move to the country, write a country song about lost love and pay homage to the great young artist who helped you do it.
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