The sound of DownTown Mystic is “vintage yet modern”. The music is rooted in all the great traditions of American Rock‘n’Roll, blending story telling songs with vintage guitars and analog recording into a unique style that owes nods to Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Eagles, The Beatles and Rolling Stones but somehow manages to sound as contemporary as anything currently available.
DownTown Mystic is the alter ego of American Rocker, Robert Allen, whose passion for “old school” recording borders on obsession. Robert adds, “I grew up listening to all these great records and their sound and style has stayed with me”. The new DownTown Mystic CD is a perfect example of that sound and style, garnering strong reviews on both sides of the Atlantic that compare the music to a host of classic bands and influences, as well as young Turks like Band of Heathens.
The new DownTown Mystic CD has become DownTown Mystic’s most successful release to date, breaking into the Top 100 and spending 14 consecutive weeks on the AMA Radio Charts. The CD has also been in the Top 20 on the Roots Music Report and Roots 66 Airplay Charts.
It would be DownTown Mystic’s cd, Standing Still, that would put the Americana/Roots-Rock artist on the map. On Standing Still, Robert is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, including drummer extraordinaire Steve Holley (Paul McCartney/Wings/Elton John/Ian Hunter) & urban legend Paul Page (Dion/Ian Hunter) on bass, as well as one of the great rhythm sections in the history of American Rock'n'Roll--Garry Tallent & Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
“Standing Still” would garner a good deal of Americana Radio airplay, landing DownTown Mystic on both the AMA Radio Chart in the US and the Euro/Americana Top 25 Chart in Europe. The airplay helped lead to a European Licensing Deal and the release of “Standing Still” to critical acclaim on AGR/Sony Music in Europe. And this would not be the first time that Radio played a big part in the career of DownTown Mystic.
It started with veteran tastemaker, Jed The Fish, playing a DownTown Mystic track as his “Catch of The Day” on “World Famous” KROQ in LA, one of the most influential stations in the US. This would be followed by the “Mayor of The Sunset Strip”, legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, playing another track and leading to national airplay.
From there, DownTown Mystic was off and running. Besides gaining recognition from Radio programmers, DownTown Mystic has also had music placed on American TV, including “The Voice” on NBC, “American Pickers” on the History Channel, as well as shows on MTV, WE and Lifetime Channels.