This Summer brought about many frustrations and challenges. by August, I was suffering from a bit of cabin fever. After scoring a show at University of Florida, I proceeded to get online and book a Flight/hotel. I’ve done this sort of thing time and time again. A quick fly out Date. But this time I hoped for it to last longer than a couple days. So on a whim I decided to set out on my first cross country road trip. I charted a course southeast to Florida and then planned to head North towards my hometown.
the life of a musician certainly has its pros and cons. the past 13 years of my life has been spent sharing music with so many. But I’ve been unable to travel during holidays, attend weddings and reunions. It’s hard to see the importance of these things in passing, until you go a decade without them. Feeling more and more out of touch with my roots. I miss my friends. I missed the familiar places of my childhood.
So, In the span two weeks, I drove 5,200 miles. Passing through my favorite cities, Visiting family and reconnecting with old friends. people and places I hadn’t seen in years. After long and stimulating conversation, breathtaking views, delicious meals, performances, jam sessions, tourist attractions and national landmarks, I returned home to Utah. My Body worn and tired, but my heart, mind and soul rejuvenated.
The mountains seemed to welcome me back as the sun set behind them. somewhere along I-70 I let all my frustrations go and felt peace. To make way for whatever the next year may bring. I needed A quiet drive across the country and back to get some perspective. To silence my Mind and To see what truly matters...my heart.
John Allred is an American SINGER/SONGWRITER FROM West HarTFord, CONNECTICUT.
With OVER 100,000 records independently sold and one million Youtube views & Soundcloud listens, John has toured extensively throughout the US and internationally as far as China.
Allred has opened for:
AJR, Anthony Green, Augustana, Ben Folds, BLINK182, BOYCE AVENUE, Collective Soul, COPELAND, Dashboard ConfessionaL, Dave Barnes, HE IS WE, Howie Day, IMAGINE DRAGONS, JARS OF CLAY, Jason Reeves, JIMMY EAT WORLD, Judah & The Lion, MAE, Matt Hires, MAT KEARNEY, Matt Nathanson, NEON TREES, Parachute, PARAMORE, Priscilla Ahn, RELIENT K, Rooney, SAFETYSUIT, SILVERSUN PICKUPS, SECONDHAND SERENADE, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, THE OH HELLOS, THE MAINE, THE ROCKET SUMMER, Third Eye Blind, Tyrone Wells, YELLOWCARD AND ZELLA DAY.
His current album, "Brave New World" debuted at #4 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter and #6 on Billboard Heatseekers charts. Catch him on tour all of 2017.