Pandemic or no pandemic, Nashville country singer Allie Colleen has been staying busy both in the studio and on the stage in a year when many artists have had a hard time doing either. She’s releasing her full-length album, Stones, in digital form the day after Thanksgiving, and has appeared live this year as an opener for Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and others. She’s also headlined her own shows nationwide, including in Las Vegas, where she recently performed for thousands with her full band at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals at the T-Mobile Arena on the Strip.
“We were scheduled to be on the plaza stage,” she said by phone from her home in Music City, “but when we got there they walked us right down to the dirt, and we played a 60-minute set before the PBR started. So we played as everybody was coming in and they were filling the seats. We were performing to a spread-out crowd, maybe 11,000 or 12,000 people, which was huge for us. We were almost out of our minds, it was just amazing.” Though she spent time in Vegas a decade ago when her dad, a country singer named Garth Brooks, was performing there, the PBR show marked her first official performance in the city.
A noticeable trait in Allie Colleen’s conversation is that she frequently uses the word “we” instead of “I” when she talks about anything career-related, always making sure other people are given recognition for her successes. It’s a characteristic that she may well have picked up from her father, who is known for always giving due credit to band members, co-writers, and just about anybody else involved in the machine. And she said that, thanks to some of those folks in her circle, she’ll be at no loss for material for future releases, as she and a number of Nashville collaborators have been writing new songs during much of 2021.
“All year we’ve been writing and accumulating stuff for next year,” she said, “so I almost feel like we’ve got a whole year of music ready for 2022 as well. We’re really in love with what we’ve been writing, but of course that will change as we write more.”
The tattoo-sleeved singer also said she already has tour dates scheduled for 2022 to promote Stones and is working on firming up a full calendar of shows. “We’ve got some things lined up for next year,” she said, “but because of Covid, a lot of venues want us to wait a month or two out before really promoting those shows, just so we don’t have to deal with re-schedules like we’ve had to the past year and a half. But we do have some things coming up next year that we’re really excited about.”
Allie Colleen will find herself once again playing for a Las Vegas cowboy and cowgirl crowd on December 3rd, when she’ll take the stage at the city’s premiere country music club, the ACM-recognized Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, during the nine days of the annual National Finals Rodeo. She’ll find herself in good company, as country acts like George Strait, Shania Twain, Brooks & Dunn, Ned LeDoux, Chris Heers and others will also be working in Vegas during the rodeo festivities. You can follow this hard-working rising star at alliecolleenmusic.com.