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Billy Allen + The Pollies with Friend of a Friend

Ages 21 and up
Friday, June 14, 2024
Show: 9:30pm // Doors: 9pm

Come over after the Wilco show at Salt Shed with your wristband for 1/2 your ticket and a free canned beer!

Billy Allen + The Pollies

There is a ferocious Southern engine inside of Billy Allen + The Pollies’ debut album Black Noise. It thrums to life atop a classic rock chassis and expertly weaves in and out of gospel, grunge, funk and soul along its eleven-song journey. From the explosive top of the album (a liberating anthem of self-worth called “All of Me”) to the spiritually haunting final track (the wurlitzer fueled “Go on Without Them”) Black Noise is a genre-defiant haymaker that lands.

The band is a hybrid of four piece rock outfit The Pollies and fellow Alabamian, and frontman, Billy Allen. The story of what fused Allen and The Pollies is one that begins in a bar 8 years ago. This particular bar was on Allen’s gig circuit and it just so happens to be where Jay Burgess (founder of The Pollies) was having a drink that evening. While there was intrigue and potential in that first chance meeting, the two would remain ships in the night, each building their own careers, until years later when the stars would align at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals. As the story goes, both Allen and The Pollies, who were all occasional session musicians at Fame, were finally in the room together and the track on deck was Little Richard’s “Greenwood, MS”. To hear Allen retell this part of the story is to hear a man talk about the beginnings of a priceless friendship. “There was an immediate romantic musical connection,” Allen said. “This is my band.” To hear Burgess tell it, the feeling was mutual. Over the subsequent year, the two groups rehearsed, toured, wrote, and gelled together under the moniker Billy Allen + The Pollies. The joining of Billy and Jay (along with the other charter members of The Pollies: Spencer Duncan, Jon Davis & Clint Chandler) was like the clicking of a dislocated bone back into true.

Friend of a Friend
Friend of a Friend is an American post art pop duo, named as an artist you should know in Rolling Stone, hailed as an “indie rock band taking the scene by storm”by Wonderland Magazine, and an “American visionary duo” with “unwavering eclecticism by Memorized, FOAF has toured relentlessly since their debut album release in 2022. They recently released their sophomore album, FACILITIES, which was produced by Jordan Lawlor (M83), and are currently working on their third album.

Come over after the Wilco show at Salt Shed!

·  21+
· Door staff will check ID.
· Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

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