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Brent Allen
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Downtown Edinburgh, Scotland and Edinburgh Castle. 
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5/16/15
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My last full week in Austin filled with great music, family, UT football and friends.  Couldn't have asked for a  better one!

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Wrote this song with Stephen Doster with a swing beat to it..  next thing I know, 2/3rds of Asleep at The Wheel are playing on it, which is the version you hear on this track.  Play it live, and it takes on a life of it's own, and I close the show with it each time.  It's always been one of my favorites, influenced by 2 of my favorite acts.  Happy birthday Bob Wills!  

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Freddy Powers' New Year's Day Pickin Party 2014 with very special guest Tanya Tucker.
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2015-02-18
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Happy Tuesday, my Google+ friends..  Don’t normally post things here very often, but will be doing that much more very soon.   Please take a moment to read the announcement I made yesterday to my fans.  It’s very exciting!
Take care!
-brent

Happy President’s Day my friends.  I hope your weekend was as good as mine.  Something pretty big happened on Friday, and I couldn't be more excited about what’s going to happen next.

Over the last several weeks, I've been trying to figure out how to write this, because it’s been a long time coming.  I've been counting the days, and waited for 5 and a half long years, making the attempts several times, but nothing really came together despite the many unsuccessful tries.  Until now, that is…

As of last Friday, I submitted my 2 week notice at the day job, and am very happy to announce that I will be returning to playing music full time again.  However, that’s not where the big reveal ends.  

See, during my time away from the full time scene, a lot has changed in the industry, its songs, the people and more importantly, in myself.  I had to realize, oftentimes painfully, over these last few years how much playing music meant to me, and when I was not able to do it due to my job responsibilities, a part of me continued to suffocate.  Now that my trucks paid off, and I’m starting to bounce back from the nearly life ending event that caused a rapid and almost tragic downward spiral, I’m ready to get back in the game.  But I won’t be touring here.  Not at first, and not for a while anyway.

The call to go overseas to Europe has been growing louder as the months have gone by, and I knew for almost the last year or so that on February 27th, I’d be doing something different, but I didn't know what.  I desperately wanted and needed to get away from that desk, but had no other choice but to wait.  Thankfully, during this whole time at the job, a great friendship continued to grow, and she’s turned into one of my dearest friends.  So, on Saturday April 25th I fly out to meet up with Stacy and her family who will be putting me up in their home in Scotland, and from then on I’ll be touring throughout the European region for no less than the next 12 months or so – maybe longer – who knows.  My mom and my sister are hoping that I can finally find a wife and have a kid over there, but I have to promise to bring them back with me eventually. :)

Point is, though, for the first time in my life, I’ll finally be going to see places that I've only read about, seen pictures of, dreamed about, and thought of for years now, and I’ll be doing it through my true first love of playing music.  I’m also extremely lucky and so blessed to have made the friends, both here and there, who have offered to help me get gigs, find players, have other places to stay during my travels, and so many other things that I’ll only hope to be able to return the favor for one day.  

And speaking of great friends, a short 2 weeks or so after I get there, my very good friend David Anderson will be heading over as well for his annual trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where I will be his guest throughout the world famous 12 day event!  Indeed, it is a rare once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I promise to take lots of pictures!

I know after reading this far, (and I thank you for doing so), you've either been a great friend or fan of mine, and probably hopefully very happy for me, but also a bit sad knowing you won’t see me again for a while.  For that I deeply apologize.  The Texas Music community and her fans are among some of the most loving, supportive and dedicated people ever to embrace the genre and I’m so glad to have been able to be a part of it.  And I still am – I never really left, actually.  Just had to take a step back due to personal and financial circumstances that ended up forcing me to put that aside for a while.  But I have to do this overseas thing now, or I may never get the chance again.  I want to learn French in France, cook Italian food in Italy, drink beer in Germany and not be held to an unnecessary timeline in which I have to try and enjoy it all before returning.  

My plane ticket is one way.  The pages in my book are all unwritten and I’ll be wide open to enjoy, embrace and experience it all.  I’ll have all of my photography gear with me too, so it’s pretty much a given that the pictures I take will be frequent and plentiful.  I understand, also, the things, events, and especially the people closest to me that I’ll be leaving behind here in the US who will miss me.  The one person that really matters, though, is my 12 year old best friend in the world, and he couldn't be happier or more excited for me.  That’s all the reason I need to know this is the right decision.

For my final US gig (for now) I’ll be heading back to one of the greatest honky tonks in Texas, and the place where I got my start so long ago – Big John’s Hangin Tree Saloon in Bracken on Friday March 27th.  I hope to see as many of my fans, friends and family there as the place will allow, because I’m going to try and get some friends up there to join me.  I hope you all can too – it will be a memorable night, to say the least.

So that’s it for now – it’s not goodbye forever.  The way we’re able to communicate with each other nowadays is so easy that there’s no reason not to stay in touch with me, or expect that you’ll never hear from me again.  I've still got some time left before I leave at the end of April for last minute lunches, parties, gigs, dinners or drinks with friends since I won’t be working.  I’ll be on vacation with the family one last time during spring break, but I’ll go into that another time.  Suffice to say, though, the times ahead of me are going to be far greater than the ones behind me.  I can’t wait.

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