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Austin Allsup, who really needs no further credentials, but can’t help but introduce him as a top contender on the most recent The Voice series and as the son of the famous and late Tommy Allsup, (look Tommy Allsup up if you don’t know him, there’s a music-history story in him alone), played at Greenville’s historic Texan Theater Thursday, Feb. 16. And he brought with him drummer Jeff Howe, and a knocked-out team of bass and electric guitar pickers, Ruben Salazar (Who, incidentally has the best set of sideburns since Elvis!) and Clay Willis.
Austin and the guys played a few of the Buddy Holly and Bob Wills songs as a tribute to his dad, who played with both those bands. It was also the last stage he shared with his dad, who passed away in January of this year. The crowd rocked along with “Don’t Fade Away” as if it were a rock n roll song on the current charts. It’s that classic!
Only once did Austin mention The Voice, when he introduced the Rolling Stones slow serenade, “Wild Horses,” as one that he sang on The Voice. It was again a winner with his fans! All that while, The Voice’s coach Blake Shelton’s autograph on Allsup’s guitar spoke volumes. “Austin, love your work. Blake Shelton.” Not a bad guy to have on one’s side, eh Austin?
After the concert, which was longer than the today’s-typical 75 or 90 minutes, Austin visited with fans in the lobby, chatting with each one and having his photo made just as often as they wanted. His road manager, handling the merchandise table, said that several years ago, Austin watched a country music longtimer spending such quality time with his fans, even though the longtimer didn’t need to, and it made a powerful and lasting impression on Austin.