Allen Tolbert Unit

Bluegrass Band from Birmingham, AL - Will travel up to 500 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2010
BOOKED 78 days ago

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About
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 over 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 and FaceTime.

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.

Darrell has been playing electric bass since the 60's with influences such as The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Poco, and the Allman Brothers. In the 70's he travelled the USA with RCA country recording artist Gary Stewart. Bringing his rock and roll and country chops along with him, he played countless honky-tonks from Florida to Texas to California to New York City. In 2011 he moved to Alabama where he met Glenn Tolbert who convinced him to play upright bass and he hasn't looked back since.


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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

Rehearsal Dinner

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These guys are incredible musicians! We had them play for our rehearsal dinner and they were absolutely incredible. From working with them to book to their performance on the day of, everything was seamless and easy. Despite not having a ton of light on the stage, they made everything work and even came in under the gazebo at the end of the night for an acoustic performance, which made the night really special. Would absolutely recommend these guys for any event!

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Allen Tolbert Unit’s Response:

Thank you so much! We had a blast playing for your rehearsal dinner! We appreciate the hospitality!

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Corporate Function

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If I could give this group more than 5 stars, I would. From the moment I contacted them to the end of their performance, they were completely professional, friendly and eager to please - and their talent, WOW! They were amazing! I would book them again without question.

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Wedding

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Allen and the band were nice addition to our wedding. They learned a couple of songs we asked them to play, and did a great job. I definitely would. book them for future events.

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Celebration

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Allen and team were awesome! We had them out to our farm event, and they were everything we expected. We definitely recommend them!

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Private Party

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In the midst of a very hectic wedding weekend for my daughter, the Allen Tolbert Unit was by far the easiest part of the logistics. Easy to book thru Gigmasters, Immediately replied with details, showed up on time, great music, outstanding personalities, and just an overall great experience. I look forward to using them again soon.

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Family Reunion

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It was an extreme pleasure having Mr. Tolbert at our reunion. He has amazing talent and is an awesome and very entertaining man. He mingled with us, got to know us a little and allowed us to get to know him, something I and my family value greatly. He is friendly, funny, a great conversationalist and his music is not to be missed if one has the opportunity to hear them play. I only regret that there was not more time with him, and that is on me. Next time, I will not make the mistake of not hiring them for more time. I didn't want it to end. My sincere gratitude goes to Mr. Tolbert and I hope he will be willing to do it again next year! He made the party!!!

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Retirement Party

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Amazing band. Sounded great. Easy to work with. On time. Customized our experience with a time at the party where we all sang along with the band. Great guys. Highly recommend.

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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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The Allen Tolbert Unit was AMAZING! I want to have them on speed dial for more events. Breanna responded so quickly and kept in touch with me all the way up until the event date. All of our guests enjoyed the music so much. A. Harris

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Private Party

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Super nice, talented people, very accommodating to my party. Will suggest to others. Smith Lake AL

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2020
Feb
7
Sportsman's Blast
Birmingham, AL
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Nov
9
Wedding Reception
Dahlonega, GA
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Oct
26
Corporate Function
Sylacauga, AL
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2019
Oct
18
Rehearsal Dinner
Alexander City, AL
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Sep
28
Pine Mountain Jamboree
Remlap, AL
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Aug
18
Birthday Party (Adult)
Nashville, TN
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
2019
Jun
21
Corporate Function
Huntsville, AL
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Jun
15
Lazy G Ranch Wedding Venue
Union Grove, AL
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Jun
2
Birthday Bash
Indian Springs, AL
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2019
Jun
1
Wedding
Lincoln, AL
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
May
4
Coosa Mountain Music
Vandiver, AL
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Apr
27
Tannehill Opry
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Apr
27
Wedding
Chattanooga, TN
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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I'll Fly Away
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I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome
Bill Monroe and Hank Williams Sr.
I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky
Bill Monroe
Is This Love
Bob Marley
Jerusalem Ridge
Bill Monroe
John Hardy
Traditional
Katy Daley
Dr. Ralph Stanley
Little Georgia Rose
Bill Monroe
Little Maggie
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Little Sadie
Traditional
Long Gone
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Love Please Come Home
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Me and My Guitar
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Old Joe Clark
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One Way Track
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Red Haired Boy
Traditional
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Salt Creek
Bill Monroe
Shady Grove
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Swing That Hammer
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The Last Thing On My Mind
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Today I Started Loving You Again
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Old Crow Medicine Show
Wayfaring Stranger
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Will the Circle Be Unbroken
The Carter Family
Will You Be Lonesome Too?
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Your Love is Like a Flower
Flatt and Scruggs
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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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