Overview: Bristol, Tennessee, is a town best known today for its motor speedway. But, historically, its real claim to fame is as the birthplace of modern Country music. For it was there that Ralph Peer first recorded The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers - creating what is today known as "the big-bang" of Country music. Charlie Allen was born there into a family steeped in Country music. Allen's mother, Louise Bouton was a regular on WCYB radio's "Fun and Farm Time," and she is a member of the Bristol Hall of Fame. His father, Charles D. Bouton, was an artist manager.
Singing and performing was the family business, and Allen and his brothers, William and Robert, learned from the best. Just as some mothers give their child a toy to play with, Allen's mom gave him a broom, and taught him to pretend that it was a microphone. Eventually, he would learn to play the guitar, piano, steel guitar and drums. When most of his friends were getting on a school bus, Allen was getting on a tour bus.
Allen's uncle, Jim Artist Site
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