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Renowned philanthropist, Microsoft co-founder, and music veteran Paul Allen and his hard-working band the Underthinkers have completed their first album and major label debut, Paul Allen and The Underthinkers' Everywhere At Once. The all-star, 13-song program of blues-based guitar rock nuggets, featuring contributions from guests Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Ivan Neville, and others will be available everywhere August 6, 2013 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Proceeds from sales of the album will go to fund educational programs at the charitable organization EMP Museum.

A rock songwriter and guitarist since his teens, Allen plays electric guitar on "Straw Into Gold" (which features Ann and Nancy Wilson), "Six Strings From Hell" (which features Joe Walsh on vocals and slide guitar), and "Pictures Of a Dream." He also takes the guitar solos on "Down Low" and "Big Blue Raindrops."

Other guest appearances include Chrissie Hynde singing lead on "Rodeo," singer/songwriter/guitarist Doyle Bramhall II singing lead on "Cherries Fall," and Ivan Neville sharing vocal duties with Wendy Moten on "Inside Out" and "Restless." "Inside Out" and "Healing Hands" feature guitar solos by Derek Trucks. David Hidalgo plays guitar on all the tracks except "Straw Into Gold" and "Six Strings From Hell."

All but two tracks on Everywhere At Once were produced by Doyle Bramhall II and Justin Stanley.

The public got their first taste of the album when the single track "Divine" (featuring lead vocals by studio ace Amy Keys) was heard in the 2012 Warner Bros. blockbuster Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey.

Allen either wrote or co-wrote every track on Everywhere At Once. "Inside Out" is the lone solo composition. Every other track was co-written with either Doyle Bramhall II, Ty Baillie, or Underthinkers bandmates John Bohlinger (guitar), Doug Barnett (bass guitar) and Tim Pike (vocals).

Everywhere At Once came to the attention of Legacy Recordings via the company's longtime relationship with Seattle-based rock legends Heart, whose Ann and Nancy Wilson feature on the album.

Legacy also has a strong association with Paul Allen through the music of his primal influence, Jimi Hendrix. Nearly all of Jimi's catalog of released and unreleased music is now handled by Legacy, the result of a pact signed in 2009 with the Seattle-based, family-run Experience Hendrix LLC. Allen's first concert was seeing Hendrix at the Seattle Center Coliseum in 1969, and he saw him again the following year at Sicks Stadium, also in Seattle. Three decades later in 2000, the doors opened to Seattle's EMP Museum, founded by Allen and designed by architect Frank Gehry. The museum pays tribute to Hendrix, whose music has been the subject of numerous permanent and temporary exhibits at the EMP Museum over the years.

In his New York Times best-selling memoir Idea Man, Paul Allen was unequivocal in the emphasis he placed in his life on the role of playing music. "I've rarely gone a week without picking up a guitar," he wrote. "It's more than a hobby; it gives me balance and keeps me in the moment, which can be a challenge with all the projects I'm pursuing at any one time… I take music with me wherever I go."

Born and raised in Seattle, he started on violin in second grade and played the instrument through the sixth grade. But after he received his first guitar at age 16, and saw Jimi Hendrix for the first time later that same year, there was no looking back. Prior to the Underthinkers and Everywhere At Once, he formed the band known as Grown Men in 1996 and they independently released an album in 2000.

Over the years, Paul Allen has been privileged to play and jam alongside a Who's Who of rock and blues royalty, encompassing the likes of Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Bono and the Edge, Robbie Robertson, Ron Wood, Joe Walsh, Peter Gabriel, Chrissie Hynde, Dave Grohl, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Bon Jovi, Axl Rose, Dave Stewart, Johnny Lang, Billy Cox, Cindy Blackman, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Vernon Reid, The Blues Brothers, Spinal Tap, and many others. "For someone like me," he wrote, "who tilts toward the analytical, jamming taps into my creative, intuitive, more emotional side."

A few of these all-star jams have included the House of Blues grand openings in Las Vegas, Dallas and Atlantic City; Mick Jagger's 56th birthday celebration in 1999; and EMP Awards galas honoring Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Robbie Robertson, and Carlos Santana.

"I'm still moved by the power of live music," Paul Allen summed up in his book, "and I seek it out every chance I get."

Paul G. Allen is a leading philanthropist and technologist who co-founded Microsoft in 1975. Allen was the company's chief technologist until he left in 1983. Today he continues the search for knowledge that led to the creation of Microsoft and he has become one of the most generous and best-known philanthropists in America. He supports and advances world-class projects and high-impact initiatives that improve the way people live, learn, work and experience the world through arts, science, education, entertainment, sports, business and technology. With lifetime giving of more than $1.5 billion, he gives back to the community through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and through direct gifts. Allen is founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., the company that oversees his business and philanthropic activities.

In 2003, Paul Allen created the Allen Institute for Brain Science to accelerate understanding of the human brain in health and disease. With a commitment of $500 million to date, Allen supports the Seattle-based nonprofit's large-scale research initiatives that fuel discovery throughout the scientific community.





















 
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Lyrics
Straw Into Gold

Lyin' on your back, staring up at the sky
Clouds look down like castles up on high
Where in your dreams can I ever fit in
Maybe in your smiling eyes or up against the skin

You're telling tales should not be told
Spinning straw into gold

Listen to the crazy man, beneath the old oak tree
You believed in him, but you didn't believe in me
Now the circle has come all the way around
And the web you spun, is gonna come crashing down

You're telling tales, should not be told
Spinning straw into gold

I'll sneak up on your heart, like a thief in the night
You don't know it now, but I'm gonna set you right
Yeah gonna set you right

You're telling tales should not be told
Spinning straw into gold
You're telling tales should not be told
Spinnin', spinnin' straw into gold
Vocals – Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson

Drums – Gary Novak

Bass- Jimmy Haslip

Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica – John Bohlinger

Mandolin – Nancy Wilson

Electric Guitar – Paul Allen

Electric Guitar – Michael Landau

Keyboards - Scott Kinsey

Engineered – Patrick MacDougall, Dave Dysart

Produced by Dave Dysart

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, John Bohlinger

Publishing – Submersible Music

Down Low

Everybody's got their secrets
I know you've got yours too
Don't you worry bout me talkin'
Cause I'm not that big a fool

Don't sell me down the river
Or put me on that train
'Cause I ain't goin' nowhere
I got nothin' to explain

So won't ya you keep it on the down low
Yeah keep it on the down low
Keep it on the down low
Yeah, keep it on the down low
Don't tell anything you know

Well people do too much talkin'
Make up vicious lies
Everybody oughta mind their bus'ness
And let me take care of mine

Stop spreadin' all those rumors
And runnin' down my name
'Cause I ain't goin' nowhere
I got nothin' to explain

No, so won't you keep it on the down low
Keep it on the down low
Won't ya keep it on the down low
Keep it on the down low
Don't tell anything you know

Keep it on the down low
Keep it on the down low
Keep it on the down low
Keep it on the ground

Vocals – Tim Pike

Electric Guitar/Solo – Paul Allen

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Percussion – Justin Stanley

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar/Background Vocals – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Keyboards/Piano – Matt Rollings

Organ – Ivan Neville

Engineered – Justin Stanley, Dave Dysart

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, John Bohlinger

Publishing – Submersible Music

Rodeo

Nobody tells the truth anymore
They don't say what needs to be said
Bottled up and tongue tied and fooling themselves
Their lives go where they are lead

Well you try not to show it
But I know how you feel

So stop staring out the window
And living in the past
Cause this aint your first rodeo
And it's not going to be your last

He's just a train wreck waiting to happen
Barrelin' out of control
You're so much more than he'll ever deserve
You're a rose in second hand clothes

Well seeing you happy
That's all that I want

So stop staring out the window
And wishing for the past
Cause this aint your first rodeo
And it's not going to be your last
No no no, this aint your first rodeo
And it's going to be your last
Oh it's not gonna be your last
No no no, it aint your first rodeo
And it's not going to be your last

Vocals – Chrissie Hynde

Background Vocals – James Walbourne

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Pedal Steel/Lap Steel – Greg Leisz

Keyboards/Piano – Matt Rollings

Percussion – Justin Stanley

Engineered – Justin Stanley, Marius DeVries

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, John Bohlinger

Publishing – Submersible Music

Pictures of a Dream

You were a picture I drew in my dream
From ochre gold to startled green
Sailed an ocean of familiar tears
Each night a million years
Among the stars we roam
Your wings to carry us home

You were more than real to me,
And you lay down, and you lay down

I've lost where the boundaries are
Even now it seems so far

Somewhere in the dark of night
I hear you, I can't feel you
I don't know where the last trace of life has gone
Somewhere long past midnight
I lost you I can't feel you
I don't know where the rest of the dream has gone

An eternity ends too soon,
We have floated past the moon
Back to the Earth we are gliding now
Flown as far as love allows

I've lost where the boundaries are
Even now it seems so far

Somewhere in the dark of night
I hear you and I feel you
I don't know where the best of the dream has gone
Somewhere long past midnight
I lost you I can't feel you
I don't know where the rest of the dream has gone

Sailed an ocean of familiar tears
Each night a million years
Among the stars we roam
Your wings to carry us home

I've lost where the boundaries are
Even now it seems so far

Somewhere in the dark of night
I hear you I can't feel you
I don't know where the last trace of life has gone
Somewhere long past midnight
I lost you I can't feel you
I don't know where the best of the dream has gone

Vocals – Tim Pike

Electric Guitar – Paul Allen

Backing vocals, Keyboards – Justin Stanley

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar, Solo, Background Vocals – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Piano – Matt Rollings

Organ – Ivan Neville

Technical Consultant – Masa Fukudome

Engineered – Justin Stanley

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Publishing – Submersible Music, Wizma Publishing, Soundhustler Music

Six Strings From Hell

I didn't have nothin' just my soul to sell
Scratch helped me out he gave me six strings from hell
Oh oh six strings from hell

This stratocaster it plays me well
Can't take my fingers off it six strings from hell
Oh oh six strings from hell

My life was worthless just slept all day
The devil said son I'm gonna make you play
You can have all the money, all the ladies too
Let this sweet guitar do what it wants to do yeah

That mojo's workin', stole my soul
Ghost in this guitar just won't let me go
Oh oh six strings from hell

Wish I could stop all I do is play
Scratch keeps me pickin' all night and all day
You know the devil is in this guitar
No gettin' away I can't run that far no

Oh oh
Six strings from hell
Six strings from hell

Vocals – Joe Walsh

Drums – Gary Novak

Bass – Jimmy Haslip

Electric Guitar – John Bohlinger

Electric Guitar – Paul Allen

Electric Guitar – Michael Landau

Slide Guitar – Joe Walsh

Organ – Andrew Nelson

Shakers – Mark Ivestor

BGV – Tim Pike, Megan Mullins

Engineered – Patrick MacDougall, Dave Dysart

Produced by Dave Dysart, Patrick MacDougall

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Additional Arranging by Joe Walsh

Songwriting – Paul Allen, John Bohlinger

Publishing – Submersible Music

Divine

Baby I've got that ache inside
No use to cover up my wounded pride
Am I just a hit and run
Another target for your loaded gun

Your moods change with the moon
You cast a spell and I'm not immune
When your body lay next to mine
I felt our love was beyond divine

Baby I was bound in chains of sadness
But you pulled me out of the madness
Now the truth has struck a heavy blow
Pulled to the bottom by the undertow

Your moods change with the moon
You cast a spell and I'm not immune
When your body lay next to mine
I felt our love was beyond divine

Oh darlin' if you want me praying at your temple
Our love was never gonna be that simple
If worship was what you needed
You didn't hear how hard I pleaded

Your moods change with the moon
You cast a spell and I'm not immune
When your body lay next to mine
I felt our love was beyond divine

Vocals – Amy Keys

BGV – Doyle Bramhall

Piano/Bells – Justin Stanley

Violins – Songa Lee - Concert Master, Daphne Chen, Marisa Kuney, Mark Robertson

Violas – Rob Brophy, Caroline Buckman

Cellos – Vanessa Freebairn Smith - Principal, Tim Loo

String Arranger – Jeff Babko

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Keyboards – Matt Rollings

Engineered – Justin Stanley, Patrick MacDougall

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, Doug Barnett

Publishing – Submersible Music

Cherries Fall

Comin' up for air been underground
Sending you these pictures made of sound
Help me find that peace of mind
You know this time my truth is comin' round

Cuz you light up my life
And time only knows if love will follow us all
Show, show me your life
Cuz I'm gonna love you when cherries fall

Some of us are meant to carry on
Others lose their grip and then they’re gone
So don't play the fool
I'm here to let love rule
Hear the simple message in this song

You light up my life
And time only knows if love will follow us all
Show, Show me your life
Cuz I'm gonna love you when the cherries fall

Free me from these chains of love, I'm falling
Free me from these chains of love, I'm falling

Vocals/Background Vocals – Doyle Bramhall

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Keyboards – Matt Rollings

Organ – Ivan Neville

Engineered – Justin Stanley

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Publishing – Submersible Music, Wizma Publishing, Soundhustler Music

Healing Hands

Won't you lay your healing hands on me
There's no one else who can set me free
The weight of a thousand troubles bears me down
Can't pick myself up, up off the ground

When your heart's been broken like this one has
You know it was never, never built to last
But when your touch takes the pain away
Suddenly the pieces fit in another way
There are so many people who have tried to help
But they couldn't get inside this hell I felt
I could ask for an angel sent down from on high
But if you're there I wouldn't have to try

Something's got a devilish grip on my soul
Without your help I couldn't shake its hold
Please lay those healing hands on me
And once again I know I have a chance to be free

There are so many who have tried to help
But they couldn't get inside this hell I felt
I could ask for an angel sent down from on high
But if you're there I wouldn't have to try

I waited through hours of endless pain
Then your sweet mercy fell down like rain
Every sacrifice you made to pull me through
At first I didn't know if it could really be true

So give me once again that special touch with your hands
The special touch of your healing hands

(Lay your healing hands) [repeat and riff]

Vocals/Background Vocals – Wendy Moten

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar/Background Vocals – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Guitar Solo – Derek Trucks

Guitar – Chris Bruce

Keyboards – Matt Rollings

Organ/Vocals – Ivan Neville

Engineered – Justin Stanley

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, Doug Barnett

Publishing – Submersible Music

Big Blue Raindrops

I haven't got the answers, not even any clues
Cause all I ever get is more bad news
These worries rack my mind more and more each day
No matter where I run, they find me anyway
Troubles pouring down like they never gonna stop
Those big, big blue raindrops.

My phone is ringing, I guess I know the truth
The person on the other end, it definitely won't be you
You never took the time to tell me one last good bye
And you left me nothing but a world of grey skies
Troubles pouring down like they never gonna stop
Those big, big blue raindrops.

I played out all my luck, I got my hat pulled down
No one will look me in the eye; I'm a stranger in my own town
They say things will look up, the sun will show its face
The way I'm feeling baby, I might just give up on this race

Troubles pouring down like they never gonna stop
Those big big blue raindrops.
Hey, Hey, keep on comin down
Big blue raindrops

Electric Guitar/Solo – Paul Allen

Vocals – Tim Pike

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Pedal Steel/Lap Steel – Greg Leisz

Keyboards – Matt Rollings

Engineered – Justin Stanley, Dave Dysart

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, John Bohlinger

Publishing – Submersible Music

Inside Out

You got to show me if you wanna know me
You got to tease me if you really want to please me
A cool reaction, is a big attraction
Everlasting passion, is still in fashion

Slower movement, is how you do it
If you want to make me shiver, I'll make you quiver baby Help me turn it inside out, Help me turn it out
Help me turn it inside out, Help me turn it out
Watch me turn it inside out, Watch me turn it out
Watch me turn it inside out, Watch me turn it out

It would be so nice, no big sacrifice
Such sweet confusion, is no illusion
You got to seize me, if you really wanna please me
But don't control me, if you want my soul free

Slower movement, is how to do it
If you want to make me shiver, I'll make you quiver baby

Help me turn it inside out, Help me turn it out
Help me turn it inside out, Help me turn it out
Watch me turn it inside out, Watch me turn it out
Watch me turn it inside out, Watch me turn it out

You got to show me, if you really want to know me
You got to tease me, if you really want to please me
A cool reaction, is a big attraction
Everlasting passion is still in fashion

Help me turn it inside out, Help me turn it out
Help me turn it inside out, Help me turn it out
Watch me turn it inside out, Watch me turn it out
Watch me turn it inside out, Watch me turn it out

Vocals – Ivan Neville

Vocals – Wendy Moten

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Bass – Tommy Sims

Guitar Solo – Derek Trucks

Electric Guitar/Background Vocals – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Keyboards/Piano – Matt Rollings

Clave – Justin Stanley

Baritone Sax – Stephen "Doc" Kupka

Tenor Sax – Joseph Sublett

Trombone – Nicholas Lane

Trumpet – Sal Cracchiolo

Engineered – Justin Stanley

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen

Publishing – Submersible Music

Words to Make You Mine

These days are so long as I wander 'round
Every one's a stranger, and they make no sound
There's nothing they could say that would take this pain from me

I wonder if you hear me when I call for you at night
In my lonely moments when I just can't see the light
I hope that you can feel my love from wherever you may be

They say there's a time for every season
And winters come and go
But I'm lost in a world of endless cold
I've tried and tried and tried to get across that line
But I've never found, I never found, the words to make you mine

I got a lot more livin' that is left to do
I know I’ll find a reason to make it through
But forever I will hold you in this heart of mine

They say there's a time for every season
And winters come and go
But I'm lost in a world of endless cold
Now I've got all the reasons, but I cannot make them rhyme
I’ll never find, I’ll never find the words to make you mine

I wish you could see deep within my soul
All that I could give and all you'll never know
The way I feel for you, you could feel that way for me
But baby it isn't meant to be

Now I'm searchin' for my place in the grand design
But I've never found the words to make you mine
I've never found the words to make you mine

Vocals – Tim Pike

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Percussion – Justin Stanley

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar/Background Vocals – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Violins – Songa Lee - Concert Master, Daphne Chen, Marisa Kuney, Mark Robertson

Violas – Rob Brophy, Caroline Buckman

Cellos – Vanessa Freebairn Smith - Principal, Tim Loo

String Arranger – Jeff Babko

Keyboards/Piano – Matt Rollings

Engineered – Justin Stanley

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, Tim Pike

Publishing – Submersible Music

Restless

Always in motion, blur of commotion
Baby why can't you slow down
You're never in the same place, tryin' to win that fast race
Gone when the leaves turn brown

Always departing never quite arriving
Your feet have left the ground
Must be objective, be more selective
Until your place is found

I'm waiting here to love you
Tryin' to keep those home fires warm
Put down our roots in that muddy soil
Wait out the gath'rin' storm

What's different in a heartbeat, people that you must meet
You look a bit forlorn
No time to write a letter and tell me things are better
What has been reborn

I'm waitin' here to love you
Just tryin' to keep those home fires warm
Lay down our roots in that muddy soil
Wait out the gath'rin' storm

Jets, cars and fast trains, pills for my migraines
I guess you want it smooth
What is left to master, stop plannin' for disaster
Is there anything left to prove

I'm waitin' here to love you
I'm tryin' to keep these home fires warm
Put our roots in that muddy soil
Wait out the gath'rin' storm

Won't you come on home babe,
I'm waitin for you baby
Come on
Come on home
I'm waitin to love you
Come on home
Come on home

Lead Vocal, Organ – Ivan Neville

Vocals – Wendy Moten

Guitar – Doyle Bramhall

Bass – Tommy Sims

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Guitar – David Hidalgo

Piano – Jon Cleary

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Songwriting – Paul Allen, Doug Barnett

Publishing – Submersible Music

Another Sunset

Another sunset in the fading light
Another day lost 'fore a lonely night
Can we find each other when the darkness begins?
Our arms reach out, let me in,
Will you let me in?

It's the last movement in a sad symphony
The pace is slowing something's out of key
We've been worn down by this tired ballet
We thought we knew what we had left to say,
What we had left to say

Passions fall and passions rise,
Like the crest of the wave and the ebbing tide
We've come so far, so much we gave,
Don’t let our love be washed away

Now comes a sunrise, first glimpse of light
Somehow we made it, through the black of night
Have we found again, what made our hearts beat fast
Can we make it last, can we make it last.

Passions fall and passions rise,
Like the crest of the wave and the ebbing tide
We've come so far, so much we gave,
Don't let our love be washed away

Passions fall and passions rise,
Like the crest of a wave and the ebbing tide
Our passions fall
Our passions fall

Vocals – Arnold McCuller

Drums – Matt Chamberlain

Bass – Tommy Sims

Electric Guitar/Background vocals – Doyle Bramhall

Electric Guitar – David Hidalgo

Keyboards – Matt Rollings, Justin Stanley

Violins – Songa Lee - Concert Master, Daphne Chen, Marisa Kuney, Mark Robertson

Violas – Rob Brophy, Caroline Buckman

Cellos – Vanessa Freebairn Smith - Principal, Tim Loo

String Arranger – Jeff Babko

Engineered – Justin Stanley

Produced by Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley

Mixed by Justin Stanley

Additional Arranging by Paul Allen

Songwriting – Paul Allen, Ty Baillie

Publishing – Submersible Music







 
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Reviews
"I consider myself a good amateur musician," says Paul Allen. "I haven't been in working bands or anything, but I just never stopped. I started playing guitar in high school and slowly kept working my way – I say that it took me 25 years to learn to play 'Purple Haze' half-decently."

On Aug. 6, Allen released his second album, "Everywhere at Once," an affable, blues-based set recorded with his band, the Underthinkers. Allen wrote or co-wrote and sings all 13 of the songs, and plays guitar on five tracks.
It's apparently the summer of the tech exec album. Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason released his dud of a motivational soft rock EP in July. Now, it's Paul Allen's turn, and his results are a good deal better than Mason's.

"Everywhere at Once," the new album by the Microsoft co-founder and his band The Underthinkers, came out on Tuesday, and it's a solid sophomore release for the Seattle billionaire.
It's good to be the king. Or at least the modern day equivalent. After you've co-founded one of the world's biggest tech giants (Microsoft) and made a name for yourself as a sports team owner (the Blazers and the Seahawks) and a philanthropist (over $1.5 billion donated), when you want to make an all-star record, you get to go all out. Such is the case with Paul Allen and his band the Underthinkers' major label debut, Everywhere at Once. The roster of rock legends sharing the spotlight...
Though very much a guitar-focused album, the varied R&B, soul, gospel, blues, rock and Americana styles make sure that Everywhere at Once lives up to its name. Underscoring his commitment to music and education, the 60-year old billionaire guitarist will donate all of his profits from the album to the Experience Music Project Museum. Though Allen may be moonlighting in music, his love and respect of songwriting tradition is evident on the LP with its well-crafted and impeccably produced tracks.
What hasn't Paul Allen done? The man is a billionaire and a philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft, and he owns three professional sports teams. And this week, he released a rock album."Everywhere at Once," by Paul Allen and the Underthinkers, a 13-song rock album went on sale this week on iTunes and Amazon.

The 60-year-old rocker told Guitar Aficionado magazine that his interests in high school were programming and playing the guitar. Although Allen went the way of tech, he said rock 'n' roll always remained a part of his life and that he has only continued to get better with the guitar over the years.
It's no surprise Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is a music lover who just released a new album of original rock and roll. But what is a surprise is that it's actually really good. Allen, who put his love of Jimi Hendrix and rock music on display for all to see when he built the EMP Museum, is out Tuesday with a 13-song collection with his band, the Underthinkers, called "Everywhere at Once."
Paul Allen's bucket list must be getting quite short. On Tuesday the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft released a major-label solo album, Everywhere at Once, on which he sings and plays guitar alongside guests like Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and Ivan Neville.

To top it off, Allen's songs are hardly the same mockable fare former Groupon chief executive Andrew Mason delivered with his business-themed motivational music. Allen plays it straight.
On Monday, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donated $1 million to the Jane Goodall Institute for wildlife conservation and ocean research in Africa.

On Tuesday, he dropped a rock album. All in a week's work for the 60-year-old retiree, who in addition to founding Microsoft with Bill Gates, is now a sports magnate, a philanthropist, Forbes' 53rd-richest man in the world, and a pretty good songwriter and guitar player.
Allen has also been "a rock songwriter and guitarist since his teens," it says here. Concerning his songwriting on Everywhere at Once (he penned "Inside Out" alone and co-wrote the remaining 12 tracks primarily with his bandmates/producers): Most of the music is serviceable blues-rock, with cameos from country ("Rodeo") and gospel ("Healing Hands"), and the lyrics are basic (quoting "Inside Out": "You got to show me if you wanna know me / You got to tease me if you really wanna please me"). Concerning Allen's guitar playing: His rhythm work and fills are decent enough, and his solos on "Down Low" and "Big Blue Raindrops" are admirably wiry.
Paul Allen is more than a tech head. The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist also rocks out with his band the Underthinkers, and the group is almost ready with their debut album, Everywhere at Once. Allen teamed up with artists like Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Derek Trucks, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and more for his new record, and on "Six Strings From Hell," Allen digs into mean guitar riffs with Joe Walsh of the Eagles. Allen curls some twang and grit into the blues-rock track while Walsh's weathered vocals relate the immense power of an electric guitar.
A new CD is being released Tuesday by hometown kid Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. The CD features his songwriting and collaborations with Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, and Heart. Joe Walsh performs "Six Strings From Hell," a song Allen co-wrote with John Bohlinger, one of his band mates from The Underthinkers.

"It's amazing to be in the studio with somebody of that caliber, listening to their musicianship, their singing and their playing. And think of how many times you've heard their songs – but they're singing one of your songs," Allen said.
There probably isn't a budding guitarist in the world who doesn't dream of being able to jam with their idols one day. And if you're billionaire/philanthropist/music fan Paul Allen you're well positioned to make those dreams come true; over the years, Allen's performed alongside a number of notable names, including Bono, Carlos Santana, and Mick Jagger.

"Everywhere at Once" is Allen's second album (his first, recorded by his band Grown Men, was released in 2000) and he's invited a number of his celebrity musician friends to participate. Those songs with a big name attached are the album's strongest tracks...
Seattle billionaire Paul Allen (technologist, philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder) has good reason to celebrate his new CD, "Everywhere at Once," with his blues-rock group the Underthinkers.

The recording, due in stores Tuesday, Aug. 6, features an impressive roster of guest musicians ... Even more impressive, even surprising, is how enjoyable this 13-song collection of music is from start to finish. It totally rocks, with plenty of solid musical contributions from Allen's collaborators – and especially Allen himself.
I saw that music release Tuesday features the début album from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his band, "The Underthinkers," titled Everywhere At Once. This revelation struck an immediate power chord in the music of our heart. Knowing what I do about Paul Allen's passion for music (Experience Music Project Museum, his extensive private Jimi Hendrix collection, how he loves to jam and play with famous musicians), I had to investigate this project further.

I ensuingly discovered that Everywhere At Once pleased my palate. Paul Allen is a major league guitarist...
Paul Allen is (and will forever be) known as the co-founder of Microsoft and a generous philanthropist. But it's a fair bet that if he could trade in that notoriety (though perhaps not the riches) for fame as a guitarist, he'd have to think it over. Allen's been an ardent music fan and regular player since he was a teenager, and his philanthropy has included several music-related projects, including Seattle's EMP Museum.

The songs are originals, written by Allen with a variety of partners, and though not blazing any new trails, they provide enough meat for his assembled friends to create something tuneful and heartfelt.
It seems like this is the week for music from founders of tech companies.

Paul Allen, Microsoft's co-founder, just released a preview track off his new album, "Everywhere at Once," which is due out in early August.

The new track, "Pictures of a Dream," is the second cut off the album that he worked on with his band, the Underthinkers ... "Pictures" is actually pretty good. Allen brings a rough-and-tumble distorted guitar sound to a mid-tempo song that feels at home in the rest of the Rock 'n Roll in my iTunes library.




 
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Free bonus track: ESCALATOR

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Credits: Vocals – Amy Keys, Paul Allen; Drums – Gary Novak; Bass – Jimmy Haslip; Electric Gtr – Paul Allen; Electric Gtr – Michael Landau;
Keyboards – Scott Kinsey; Organ Solo – Ty Bailie; Horn Arrangement – Gordin Goodwin; Trumpet – Wayne Bergeron; Trumpet – Willie Murillo;
Tenor Sax – Gordon Goodwin; Tenor Sax & Baritone Sax – Eric Marienthal; Trombone – Charlie Morillas; Engineered – Patrick MacDougall, Dave Dysart;
Produced by – Patrick MacDougall, Dave Dysart; Mixed by – Dave Dysart, Patrick MacDougall; Songwriting – Paul Allen, John Bohlinger, Doug Barnett


Free bonus track: IF THIS WAS A LIFE

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Credits: Vocals – Tim Pike; Drums – Gary Novak; Bass- Jimmy Haslip; Electric Gtr – John Bohlinger; Electric Gtr Solo – Paul Allen;
Electric Gtr – Michael Landau; Keyboards - Scott Kinsey; Engineered by – Patrick MacDougall, Dave Dysart;
Produced by – Dave Dysart; Mixed by – Dave Dysart; Songwriting – Paul Allen, John Bohlinger, Terry Davison


Free bonus track: GHOST TOWN

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Credits: Vocals – Tim Pike; Drums – Gary Thompson; Bass – Doug Barnett; Electric Gtr – John Bohlinger; Electric Gtr – Paul Allen; Electric Gtr – Michael Landau;
Keyboards – Scott Kinsey; Piano – Andrew Nelson; Viola – Megan Mullins; Engineered – Patrick MacDougall, Dave Dysart, Masa Fukudome;
Produced by – Dave Dysart; Mixed by – Dave Dysart; Songwriting – Paul Allen, John Bohlinger


Free bonus track: JUDGMENT DAY

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Credits: Vocals – Tim Pike; Background Vocals – Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley; Drums – Matt Chamberlain; Bass – Tommy Sims;
Electric Gtr – Doyle Bramhall II; Electric Gtr – David Hidalgo; Keyboards – Matt Rollings; Engineered – Justin Stanley;
Produced by – Doyle Bramhall, Justin Stanley; Mixed by – Justin Stanley; Songwriting – Paul Allen, Terry Davison


Free bonus track: I DON'T UNDERSTAND

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Credits: Vocals – Tim Pike; Background vocals – Tim Pike, Amy Keys, John Bohlinger; Harmonica – Dan Aykroyd;
Drums – Gary Novak; Bass- Jimmy Haslip; Electric Gtr – John Bohlinger; Electric Gtr – Paul Allen;
Electric Gtr – Michael Landau; Keyboards - Scott Kinsey; Engineered – Patrick MacDougall, Dave Dysart;
Produced by – Dave Dysart, Patrick MacDougall; Mixed by – Dave Dysart; Songwriting – Paul Allen


Download sheet music below:

Straw Into Gold
Down Low
Rodeo
Pictures of a Dream
Six Strings From Hell
Divine
Cherries Fall
Healing Hands
Big Blue Raindrops
Inside Out
Words to Make You Mine
Restless
Another Sunset








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