Deborah Allen’s Talent Shines

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - by Jay Mouton
Deborah Allen
Deborah Allen

Okay, okay, I get tired, too. I was hot, and I did not want to walk all the way down to the Unum Stage when I got to Riverbend yesterday afternoon (plus, I had a friend along and she was wearing sandals, and you know how hard it is to walk in sandals, but I digress). So I slid on by the Covista Stage and headed for the shade of the Bud Light tent (you know, I kind of wish I was making a thousand dollars a pop for mentioning each of those stages, but I get nada! Again, I digress). I walked into the Deborah Allen show with a vague idea that, somewhere in the recesses of my memory, I had heard the name before – I simply couldn’t place it.

Suddenly, yep, suddenly, during the first chorus of “Baby I Lied,” I remembered just who this attractive, vivacious songbird was, and I thought, oh yeah, that’s Deborah Allen. I remembered hearing the song back when it was a hit on Country radio, and a flood of memories came rushing (yes, really, rushing like a Texan flood) back to me. I remembered the song, the singer, and the name. At the time Deborah Allen had released “Baby I Lied” she was already a talked about songwriter in Nashville (I was living and playing in Murfreesboro at the time), and she was already popular.

Well, in a nutshell, I enjoyed her show immensely. This artist has more energy than most, and a personality that wins over an audience in short order. Deborah not only treated her audience to some of her biggest hits (including an old John Connely – not the politician, the singer – hit cover of her song, “This Time I’m In It For The Love”), and during her show I’m not sure if she stood still once. I like it when artists move about the stage, it makes me feel like they are more like me, and I can rarely sit in one place for long. Allen’s patter with her audience and evident talent is a combination that I believe will bring her back to Riverbend in the future.

Allen’s band was impressive, one and all, and the sound mix achieved by the soundman and band members was one of the best I’ve heard at this year’s Riverbend – so far.

I you’ve a love for Country songs and fine singing, why not check out Deborah Allen’s website (it contains an extensive list of her hit songs, and just might surprise you).

Jay Mouton

City Of Chattanooga Public Works Revises Refuse Collection Center Policy

The City of Chattanooga’s Public Works Department is revising the policy at the City’s Refuse Collection Centers and upgrading technology to continue to provide this crucial service to citizens and to reduce improper use of the center by some landlords and contractors. Currently, all landlords and contractors are not permitted to dispose of items at the Refuse Collection Centers ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Department Increases Traffic Enforcement Efforts

Chattanooga Police are working to change driver behavior and address traffic violations throughout the city. Increased enforcement efforts by CPD’s Traffic Unit addressed infractions on I-75, I-24, Highway 153, and Highway 27 on Wednesday.  The increased enforcement is conducted in areas determined by data models generated through CPD’s Crime Analysis Unit and complaints ... (click for more)

Signal School Study Says Under Own School System Much More Could Go To The Classroom; Lennon Says Getting Land, Buildings A Major Issue

A panel studying a new school system operated by Signal Mountain concluded that much more money could go directly into the classroom, helping students further increase their potential.   However, County School Board member Kathy Lennon said how the town would be able to acquire the land and buildings is a major issue.   A group of Signal Mountain residents ... (click for more)

Man, 39, Shot Late Friday Night In The Vicinity Of North Chamberlain Avenue

Police said a 39-year-old man was shot late Friday night in the vicinity of North Chamberlain Avenue.   He was identified as Ruben Williams Sr.   Officers with the Chattanooga Police Department were informed just before midnight that a shooting victim arrived at a local hospital via personal vehicle.   Officers made contact with the victim who advised ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Trump's Latest Delight

I was quite amused this week when Donald Trump’s administration “locked out” several news organizations from the daily press briefings at the White House. The reason I loved it because in the 50 years I have spent in the news business, I have been locked out of press conferences, too. To be truthful, I am a longtime veteran of a bunch of “you versus me” squabbles and, if I do say, ... (click for more)