Allen Tolbert Unit

Bluegrass Band from Birmingham, AL - Will travel up to 500 miles
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With decades of professional experience, The Allen Tolbert Unit is an acoustic band with influences ranging from the Bluegrass sounds of Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury and Bill Monroe to the Jazz sounds of John Coltrane, David Grisman and Miles Davis to the newer sounds of The Avett Brothers, Nickel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Punch Brothers. Having opened for acts such as The John Cowan Band, Dread Clampitt, Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer, The Allen Tolbert Unit is known for its rich musical heritage. The band features guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass.

Allen Tolbert has toured professionally in the southeast for nearly 20 years. A veteran of Birmingham-based Glenn Tolbert & Company for 17 years, Allen has made hundreds of appearances ranging from festivals, weddings, churches and private parties to radio and television appearances. He appeared as a featured guest on a special youth edition of the nationally-syndicated radio broadcast of the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, as well as performing numerous times on the Country Boy Eddie Show on WBRC TV in Birmingham with many guests including Hank Williams III. His festival appearances include Horse Pens 40, opening for such acts as Ricky Skaggs, The Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Blue Highway and The Whites. Allen also performed at the Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin' nearly 20 different times, opening for acts such as Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Tony Rice Unit, J.D. Crowe and the New South, IIIrd Tyme Out, the Osborne Brothers and Claire Lynch. His debut solo CD is scheduled to be released soon. Allen also teaches guitar and mandolin in the greater Birmingham metropolitan area, as well as throughout the world via Skype.

Glenn Tolbert is a Southeastern legend. Long having set the standard for flatpicking guitar throughout the area, Glenn is also a renowned banjo player. He plays banjo, second guitar and sings tenor vocal for The Allen Tolbert Unit. He has an honorable mention in the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame, due in large part to his work as a regular on the Country Boy Eddie Show on WBRC TV in Birmingham for many years. He also played at virtually every Bluegrass festival held at Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL throughout the 1970's. His influence can be seen in guitar players all over the world as he has taught thousands of aspiring guitarists everywhere for over 40 years. Glenn truly epitomizes musical excellence.

Steve Smith is an accomplished mandolin player with a distinctive, original style. Showcasing a masterful sense of rhythm and tasteful solos, Steve brings a rigid drive to the band that is unmatched. A renowned singer, Steve also provides harmony vocals for The Allen Tolbert Unit. He has over a decade of professional experience in the performing arts.

Jim Hollon is an innovative bass player with an impeccable sense of timing. By contributing songs and blazing creativity to the band, Jim has helped shape the unique sound of The Allen Tolbert Unit. His influences include Edgar Meyer, Phil Keaggy, Eric Clapton and Sam Bush, leading to a diverse pedigree that is an important asset to the band. Jim is a master entertainer.


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Celebration

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The Allen Tolbert Unit did a great job performing at our Customer Appreciation Day. We had several hundred guest and many complimented us on our choice of the band. Though the weather was very hot and humid the band continued to play with very little rest. They were great!!!!

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Grand Opening

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These guys are awesome! If you would like to have tremendous entertainers at your next event these are your guys. We had a crowd of 2300 people and all loved listening to these guys. They have a natural ability to connect with their guest and have a knack for feeling cues from the host through body language or eye contact. To put it bluntly... these guys "get it", cant say enough about the quality of the experience that all of our guest received that day!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Truly amazing musicianship. This group set the tone for a milestone birthday. Have had rave reviews from guests who thought they were the highlight of the evening. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!!

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2017
Nov
24
Engagement Party
Birmingham, AL
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2018
Feb
9
Sportsman's Blast
Birmingham, AL
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Oct
12
Crestwood Tavern
Birmingham, AL
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Oct
7
Wedding
Altoona, AL
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Jul
15
GLENN-EFIT
Gardendale, AL
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2017
Jun
24
Celebration
Birmingham, AL
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
2017
Jun
18
Birthday Party (Adult)
Childersburg, AL
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Jun
8
Crestwood Tavern
Birmingham, AL
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
Jimmy Martin
All Blues
Miles Davis
All Good Times Are Past and Gone
Flatt and Scruggs
Big Country
Jimmy Martin
Big River
Johnny Cash
Big Spike Hammer
The Osborne Brothers
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Bill Monroe, Elvis
Blue Night
Bill Monroe
Blue Railroad Train
The Delmore Brothers
Blue Ridge Cabin Home
Flatt and Scruggs
Bluegrass Band
Country Band
Jazz Band
Americana Band
Jam Band
Acoustic Band
Roots Band
Folk Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Please note Allen Tolbert Unit will also travel to Docena, Harpersville, New Castle, Shannon, Watson, Cardiff, Alton, Wilsonville, Bessemer, Vincent, Childersburg, Chelsea, Sayre, Sterrett, Clay, Palmerdale, Sylacauga, Vandiver, Westover, Columbiana, Saginaw, Siluria, Margaret, Alpine, Leeds, Shelby, Cropwell, Locust Fork, Pell City, Moody.
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