Allen Seals

Guitar & Vocals

allen seals

Originally From: Springboro, Ohio
Years Played: 50 years
Previous Bands: Shadowplay, Wooden Nickel, Flashback, NAIC'd Lunch, Phoenix

Influences/Favorite Players: I first became interested in guitar around 1968 - the first time I heard Mason Williams playing "Classical Gas" on an old AM car radio. Later on, I heard Duane Allman play "Statesboro Blues" for the first time and I was hooked! My older brother also inspired me, and taught me my first three chords... so I owe a lot to him for sure... Growing up in the '60s and '70s, there was just so much great music being made - it's hard to pin down one particular influence. Back then, we were all just trying to copy every cool lick we could and incorporate it into our playing. I'd have to say that Duane, Eric Clapton, Steve Howe, David Gilmour, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Warren Haynes are some of my favorite players.

Most Memorable Music Moments: Through the years there have been many great memories: All the 70's garage bands with our long hair and beat up, haphazard equipment; Moving on to form the band "Shadowplay" with my older brother near the end of that decade; Playing in the country/contemporary rock band "Wooden Nickel" throughout most of the '80s... I took a hiatus during the 90's, but I eventually I found my way back to what I love - exploring different musical avenues with Flashback, NAIC'd Lunch, Phoenix, and eventually, Southbound. There's a unique kinship between all musicians, and I think it's especially true in this band. Those times on stage when you're in the pocket, everything is clicking and you look over at one another and just smile... those are the moments that I think we take with us...