Amy Allison, who hails from New York City, has been lauded internationally as a songwriter and singer of depth and originality. She began her performing career in the late ‘80’s, fronting her longtime band The Maudlins, at Dixon Place in NYC’s East Village. Amy, the daughter of jazz/blues legend Mose Allison, has released 5 critically acclaimed solo albums, two as one-half of the duo Parlor James formed with Lone Justice founder Ryan Hedgecock, and one with David Scott of the Pearlfishers. Her 1996 debut album, The Maudlin Years, on Koch Records, was cited by no less than Elvis Costello as one of his 500 essential albums in Vanity Fair.
Amy has contributed vocals on releases by the Silos, They Might be Giants, Mudhoney, Neal Casal and others. In 2000, Laura Cantrell covered Allison’s “The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter” on her acclaimed debut, Not the Tremblin’ Kind. 2001′s Sad Girl, released in Europe on Glitterhouse Records and on Brooklyn-based label Diesel Only, featured contributions from such insurgent country notables as ubiquitous pedal steel player Greg Leisz, Mike Daly (Whiskeytown), Will Rigby (dBs, Steve Earle), and Neal Casal.
Amy’s next two CD’s, No Frills Friend (2003) and Everything and Nothing Too (2006), both produced by David Scott (the Pearlfishers), were released in Europe by Spit & Polish, and in the US by Diesel Only and Cheater’s World Records, respectively. Her most recent solo effort, Sheffield Streets, released on Urban Myth Records in 2009 and produced by drummer, Don Heffington, features Elvis Costello, Dave Alvin, Mose Allison and Van Dyke Parks as well as Greg Leisz and other musical luminaries (see home page).
In 2012 Amy and brilliant musician/songwriter and good friend David Scott (producer of No Frills Friends and Everything and Nothing Too), recorded an album together of co-written songs at Davie’s home in East Kilbride, Scotland. It’s entitled “Turn Like the World Does”. They are planning to record again soon.
In May 2015 Amy had the great honor of having her song “Her Hair Was Red”, (an ode to her paternal grandmother), sung by two legends- Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, on their latest release “The Traveling Kind”, produced by Joe Henry.
Amy’s catalogue (Shopgirl Songs, BMI) is administered by ModernWorksMusicPublishing