Jim AllChin

Jim AllChin

Sandy Key Music

By Lady K.
April 2014

Out of Seattle, Jim Allchin is a bluesman with a techie history. Brought up on an orange grove in Florida; he was raised doing whatever chores/jobs needed to be done to earn a living from the land. He also found time to learn to play guitar, and to love blues music, thanks to Jimi Hendrix and others. Allchin managed to get himself to college, earned degrees (Ph.D. in computer science, graduate studies at Sanford and Georgia Tech), and then climbed the corporate ladder at Microsoft; ultimately becoming a division co-president. Quite a computer-geek success story! In 2003, a serious health issue forced him to take a hard look at his life, and he realized music was really what he needed to do (and he does that really well too).

Jim Allchin wrote all of the tunes on Q.E.D., is the lead singer, and plays killer guitar – solo and rhythm. The other players include: Dan Dean (bass); Ben Smith (drums/percussion); Brooke Lizotte (keyboards); New York Brass (horns); Owen Gurry (strings); with additional vocals by Martin Ross, Mycle Wastman, Keely Whitney.

Lady K loves Allchin’s sexy, smooth-as-silk voice – especially when he might be singing naughty, as on “Stop and Go.” It’s a tune that could be innocent (as in she doesn’t like that he’s driving too fast) or might not be so innocent (that she wants him to slow down his ‘other’ drives). “Your foot’s on the brake, mine’s on the gas / You’re saying I’m too fast / You say stop, I say go, baby, go.” The tune is an uptempo, rockin’ boogie with a screaming guitar – and whether about a road-trip or a (potential) sexual encounter, either interpretation works!

The organ background on “Getting Old” is truly an attention grabber, and then along comes some crazed guitar, and the mix is fantastic. The tune is a warning of some of the potential signs of growing old: “It’s tough getting old and doing what I’m told / No more of this, and I can’t have that.”

There are four instrumentals included on Q.E.D.: the slow-ish “Chime Blues” is lovely, and yes, there’s a hint of chimes/bells in the background. “Thinking of You” is a slow one, featuring Allchin’s guitar, and then dueting with Lizotte on keyboard. Put on your dancin’ shoes before you listen to “No Way Out;” there’s a chance that you’ll find yourself salsa-ing all around the room – even if you’re alone (who’s gonna know?). And the first time that Lady K listened to “Drowning” she totally fell in love with Jim Allchin. It’s my favorite track on the CD, and so mesmerizing that I honestly felt that I was “Drowning” in the overwhelmingly gorgeous tune – it grabbed my heart.

Mycle Wastman is guest vocalist on “Trust Me” – slow, very sexy, funky blues. He’s trying to convince his lady that he’s true to her: “You think I’m looking for somebody new, when baby, all I see is you/Why don’t you trust me?” “Running Away” has a shuffling guitar intro, and explains why he’s getting out of town: “Life’s hard and that’s a guarantee, but a margarita helps a man to see / Everybody gets the blues sometimes, but for me it’s been a thousand times / Forever and a day, I’m runnin’ away.”

Another Lady K favorite is “Tried and True” (also about trust – or the lack thereof), with its scrumptious raucous rocking guitar solo, it’s about frustrated accusation: “Tried and true, my heart is through / Tried and true, so black and blue / Tried and true, from all the cheatin’ and runnin around that you do / So tried and true, ain’t no trustin’ you.”

Jim Allchin may have a ‘geek education,’ but he’s definitely a ‘born-again modern bluesman’. Check out that music!!!!

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