is excited to
continue the relationship that started with Ray and Randy Cramer in the
band "Shucks", the band that garnered much country music attention in
the late 80's and early 90's.
Allen plays both bass guitar and string bass, and provides back-up and
lead vocals. He started playing bass in high school and went on to major
in music at Lebanon Valley College. After college he started a widely
varied music career, in which he toured extensively in much of the U.S.,
Europe and Puerto Rico. His start in country music was with a Central PA
band, "Cole Train." He was a member of the "Younger Brothers Band" who
had two hits on the national charts. After the Younger Brothers broke
up, he helped form "Shucks" with the Cramer Brothers and Terry Gehman
(of Anjoli Productions) . Shucks was a tremendously successful band,
scoring a #1 song on the national independent record chart with the
song, "I Love to Dance", winning the state championship of the Wrangler
Showdown in 1989, and attracting scores of fans.
You might have caught Allen playing in groups such as "The Maxwell
Project”, or with Doug Brewin’s tribute to Alan Jackson, or in various
area theaters such as Mt. Gretna, Allenberry, and the Harrisburg
Community Theatre at Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. Allen has played for
Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Robert Goulet, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell,
the Platters, the Smothers Brothers, the Lennon Sisters and the Osmond
Brothers. He also appeared with Sally Struthers in the show "Always,
Allen is retired from public school teaching. He was a band director in
the Carlisle Area School District for 27 years. He is now working with
his wife, Cindy, in her photography business, “Cindy Roth Photography”.
Cindy has also retired from teaching middle school special education in
the Boiling Springs School District.
Allen resides in central PA and has two daughters, both living in
Nashville, TN. Abbi, is a singer, song-writer, and bass player. Autumn has
degree in communications from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida
and is a realtor with Parks Real Estate in Nashville.