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Interview with Kris Allen, season 8 ‘Idol’ winner coming to Eddie’s Attic Jan. 20

Kris Allen shows off his cast (in a mirror). CREDIT: Kris Allen's Instagram

Kris Allen shows off his cast (in a mirror). CREDIT: Kris Allen's Instagram

Season 8 “idol” winner Kris Allen broke his right wrist in a New Year’s Day head-on auto collision that wasn’t his fault. Fortunately, the wrist will heal,within a couple of months, he said, and he’ll be able to get back to playing guitar.

Also good news: his pregnant wife and high school sweetheart Katy made it out okay and the baby in her belly, due in July, is fine. Plus, his tour is alive and well. He will stop at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur January 20 for two shows. Details here. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

“It definitely hurts,” he said in an interview Monday. “But the show must go on.”

He briefly described the accident:

“My wife and I were driving home. We were getting into a turning lane and this lady came out of nowhere and hit us head on. We were going about 25 miles an hour.”

His Ford Escape absorbed the shock.. He passed out, but his wife got him back awake.  He realized immediately his wrist was messed up. He’s now in a cast, which he said is itchy (see right.)

“From the looks of the car, it could have been a lot worse,’ Allen said. “It kept us real safe. There were a lot of airbags.”

He plans to just sing and maybe play a tambourine with his left hand. “I’ll still be contributing,” he said. He’s adding a guitarist to bolster the crew. “It will be still be great – maybe even better,” he added.

Though he and RCA parted ways last fall after his sophomore album didn’t produce any hits, Allen still wants to get out there and promote the songs from that album. “Better late than never,” he said. “I love playing live shows. I love playing to the fans. A lot of fans want to see the the live stuff. I want to build a live following.”

Allen did a great job with covers on “Idol” (think ‘Heartless”) so he will always do them in concert. “People pay money to be entertained and hear music they know,” he said. “Not everyone knows every song on my records, which is totally understandable these days.”

One thing cool he’ll do: he’ll take Twitter suggestions for a song, learn it that afternoon and play it that night. He has tried on-the-spot requests but that didn’t always work out so well. “I’d know only half the lyrics,” he said. Good thing: he picks up songs quickly and retains them well. Otherwise, he noted,” I have the memory of a goldfish.”

He’s psyched to perform at Eddie’s Attic, aware of its history as a launching pad for the likes of John Mayer, Shawn Mullins and Jennifer Nettles. “It will be a treat for us,” he said. “A particular venue can throw off a vibe that can make a show great. I love going to places like that. It amps up the show.”

Last year, while recording his second album, he caught quite a bit of season 11 with his roommates. “They watched it religiously. The contestants were really good last year.” His favorite was Joshua Ledet. “One of the best voices I’ve ever heard on the show,” he said. “It’s really sad” he doesn’t have a record contract yet.

Post tour, he plans to write more songs. ‘I’m always writing,” he said. As for new music, he said he likes the Los Angeles rock band the Dawes. But otherwise, he sticks to the classics like the Beatles and Queen.

He is still in touch with several of the season 8 contestants, including Atlantan Anoop Desai. “He’s doing some awesome stuff,” he said. “If he’s in town, I will definitely go see him.”

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And my colleague, Melissa Ruggieri, wrote an item about the new KISS and “Idol”-themed slot machines. The “Idol” machines feature Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, as well as the season 10 contestants. Read more here.

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Billboard did a cover story on Philip Phillips and the incredible run of his coronation song “Home,” which has sold 3.3 million downlaods. Read it here.

The key for Phillips is to keep expanding musically, leaning on the training he got through jam sessions as teenager. “I always tell people that you have to play shows, you have to do what you can to get out there, and it can’t be about the money,” he says. “Jam out with a band for three or four hours. Do a live gig for food. You have to get out and do it.”

I love how honest Phillip is:

They had three weeks to make the album, and while Phillips co-wrote 10 of the 14 tracks, the label put some songs in front of him he didn’t care for. After he discarded a few of 19’s selections, he was handed “Gone, Gone, Gone” from the pen of Wattenberg, Fuhrmann and Todd Clark; it is his second single. “I’m glad we switched,” he says. “The other ones made me want to scream.”

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MJ reports that season 9 runner up Crystal Bowersox will will be releasing her second studio album in March via Sanachie Entertainment.
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Nicki Minaj tells TV Guide does not want the show to be “cheesy,” though many would say she is ultimately very much representative of that word.

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60 comments Add your comment

Sam-A

January 8th, 2013
12:35 pm

Can’t say Kris and I have the same taste in music, other than the Beatles. J. Ledet the best last year – OMG! He was my least fave BY FAR. I can assure him his wrist won’t be back to normal in 2 months, even if he had surgery and metal implants! Takes a long while to recover, and still the wrist is never quite the same.

Girls, has everyone watched “Downton” yet? I agree a bit with the article I read that the writing, at least in the early shows, isn’t as crisp as the past two seasons, but that it’s still “delicious” to watch. I missed the zingers from Maggie Smith – just not there last night. Still I loved it, but wanted more of the wedding. The clothes are gonna be flat out gorgeous this season, especially the shoes! Mary’s red dress was absolutely to die for.

Pitchy: “PLL” starts tonight – watch it and if you have any questions, I ‘ll do my best to help out tomorrow, though I usually have questions myself – so much happens, and so much is subtle, like scenes. Rewatching the Halloween Train show, did you notice the kid who’s the photographer wasn’t around, and his camera was sitting on a table (camera lingered on it) at the time two people were trying to push the crate with Aria in it off the back of the train? Hmmmm.

G

January 8th, 2013
12:47 pm

I agree with Kris on his opinion of Joshua. He may not be an r&b fan, but he still recognizes the talent.

Pete

January 8th, 2013
2:11 pm

I am a big fan of Kris, and I have actually seen how Kris parted ways with RCA, that happened before the label even promoted his first single, it wasn’t that the record didn’t generate any hits, because a record generate hits when it’s promoted & that fantastic album (Thank You Camellia) has never been promoted at all, which is sad cause that record is full of radio hits! It just needs to be heard! It is really sad that real good music get buried & mediocre artists become hit makers, in nowadays music industry.

Mercedes S.

January 8th, 2013
2:12 pm

The mystery woman who was in the wring lane and caused the crash -any news on her, Rodney? Did she at least get a ticket? So glad to hear parents-to-be are ok.

Sam-A, yes we saw DA at my house and we think the Heir is foolish for turning down Lavinia’s money. If she hadn’t died, Heir would have married her, and had had to spend the money on saving the House anyway since Mary’s dad would still have lost his money.

Mercedes S.

January 8th, 2013
2:14 pm

Pete – “sad that… mediocre artists become hit makers” how true

MK

January 8th, 2013
2:28 pm

Regarding this comment from your article:
“Though he and RCA parted ways last fall after his sophomore album didn’t produce any hits,”. Inasmuch as I feel it is an unnecessary comment, I am actually glad he parted company with RCA because they never promoted the song THEY chose for the single, Vision of Love, which was a great single. Yes, there were better songs to choose off that album, but nevertheless I doubt RCA would have promoted them either. So how can a CD or a song do well with out monetary promotion? The answer is it can’t. This CD, Thank You Camellia is one of the best I’ve heard in 2012 and anyone who hasn’t heard it should not judge what they think it is.

Very glad that Kris and family made it out alive after his horrific accident as the car he was driving was basically totalled. We are all a bit more fortunate that Kris is still with us. I’m looking forward to seeing him when the tour comes to my city. And YES, he WAS my favorite on his season of Idol, simply because he was so super talented.

MK

January 8th, 2013
2:34 pm

As for Phillip Phillips’ comments…I do like his honesty but it won’t go well with the label in the long run. These people don’t want singers with chutzpah. They want puppets. And while Home is a good song, one of the reasons it did so well was that Jimmy Iovine sent it everywhere and it was heard by people outside the Idol bubble and those who probably never knew who Phillips was. However, all this guy’s honesty will get him is a ticket out the door, as those of us in the bubble have seen, especially since a new season of Idol is upon us. I wish Phillip luck, but I’m not holding my breath for his success past this year.

1st mate

January 8th, 2013
2:50 pm

MK, I agree with the PP comments. I also agree with Kris that Josh was the best singer last season. Those who cant hear the talent in his voice are obviously tone deaf.

Deke

January 8th, 2013
2:56 pm

“If you don’t like the singers I like, then you’re tone deaf”. This is why I hate this crap show even more than normal. It’s not the subpar talent that they parade each year; it’s the subpar talent’s irrational fans.

Joan

January 8th, 2013
2:57 pm

I didn’t know Kris passed out.His wife must have beeb terrified.From the photo of the car,they were really lucky to be out alive.
Mercedes The other driver got a citation for distracted driving.I assume she wasn’t injured.
Pete I agree. It is a very good album that got some excellent reviews,but there was no promotion.He was leaving 19 at the time for his original manager there,so there was no tour or promotion from them.
Kris really is a fantastic live performer.He has a great voice and band and a funny,charming personality.If you get a chance to see him live,you won’t regret it.

Sam-A

January 8th, 2013
3:15 pm

1st mate: If I’m deaf it’s because I DID hear Ledet “sing” or screetch for a better term. If you like him, fine – I found he repulsive and ear-splitting!

Rickster

January 8th, 2013
3:24 pm

Happy New Year, everyone. Back very briefly. Just long enough to say “Hi.”

Actually agree with Sam. I liked the more subdued Joshua. When he went “Mantasia” on a song… I had to hit the mute button.

Have late meetings most of this week and next. Won’t be able to watch Idol till the weekends.

Have a good evening, everyone!

Deirdre

January 8th, 2013
3:48 pm

Been playing with Lucas all day.

I liked Joshua Ledet, AND Jessica Sanchez AND Philx2. I also liked Elise whatsherface and the guy with the crazy hair and less talented sister. Skyler was good most of the time. I thought last season was pretty darned good, especially if you used the mute button when the judges were talking.

Mercedes S.

January 8th, 2013
3:57 pm

You forgot to mention Hollie, D!

Harriett

January 8th, 2013
4:31 pm

I read an article about Skylar’s boyfriend being arrested for murder.

Harriett

January 8th, 2013
4:38 pm

Wouldn’t let me post the article. Must have had an offensive term in there somewhere.

Harriett

January 8th, 2013
4:41 pm

Time to run. Bye.

Deirdre

January 8th, 2013
4:49 pm

Mercedes…I didn’t forget Hollie. ;-)

Rodney Ho

January 8th, 2013
5:31 pm

@Deirdre I’m with Deirdre. The judges, once they picked the top 12, were relatively useless. But the top 10 talent was pretty good, on par with season 10 in my opinion and far better than season 9, the weakest since season one.

Mercedes S.

January 8th, 2013
5:35 pm

I know, D. (4:49), I know.

JTesla

January 8th, 2013
5:37 pm

Personally, I think the judges were useless before the top 12 and had a hand in picking the talent. That hand did a very decent job of providing an entertaining television show. Bring on season… whatever we are up to.

Deedra

January 8th, 2013
6:30 pm

“…and this lady came out of nowhere and hit us head on.”

Lady? That was a most unlady-like thing to do. Maybe more appropriate to say “this woman”, or “this female”.

trei

January 8th, 2013
7:12 pm

Mercedes S. the other drive in the accident was cited for careless driving according to the Arkansas State Police.

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Kris-Allen-in-head-on-wreck-in-Maumelle/lzkFoYiz1EmDsnGUeOEF1g.cspx

Deirdre

January 8th, 2013
9:48 pm

@trei…thanks for answering Mercedes’ question. We appreciate people who help to fill in the blanks.

Mercedes S.

January 9th, 2013
9:31 am

Yes, thanks, trei.
And good morning!

Woodpappy

January 9th, 2013
9:55 am

Good Morning all. Only a few more days.

Sam-A

January 9th, 2013
10:12 am

Yeah, WoodP! I feel the need for some Idol, even if it does cause me viewing problems. Wish we’d see a new Kellyish type, and I’d love the gift of a Michael Johns type as well – shoulda asked Santa for that.

Wonder if our missing compadres, ie K&CF, Linny, Nana, Harm, Heather McD, et al will return with the show? Christmas season was just NOT the same without Nana’s report on her cooking schedule and vivid descriptions of all the glorious food she was making.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

January 9th, 2013
11:59 am

Hi y’all!

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas and…a late Happy New Year.

Work has been keeping me busy during the day, so not much time for blogging. I am on board for Idol next week, but I’ll admit that it’s with some reservations. I’m still not sold on Mariah and Nicki…but we shall see.

As far as TV shows, watched PLL last night. Whoa.

Mercedes, Oscar nominations come out tomorrow. Any predictions? So far, I’ve seen Les Mis, Argo, Lincoln, and Silver Linings Playbook. I’m looking forward to Zero Dark Thirty and still need to see Django.

Sam-A

January 9th, 2013
12:25 pm

K&CF: Aria’s dad is getting pretty darn scary!! I heard that in a preview for next week, that they showed during the show that followed PLL, he’s even scarier! And Allison’s brother – guess we know where the screw driver landed, but I still kinda think that’s something else, and he’s not bad – who knows, with so many twists and turns!

Sam-A

January 9th, 2013
3:05 pm

Hard to believe that this sluggish site will just explode in a week!

Deirdre

January 9th, 2013
3:06 pm

Back from the Aquarium. The little guy loved the fish. And lunch at Grindhouse(delicious burgers!)

Can’t believe Idol is starting a week from today!!!!

Harriett

January 9th, 2013
3:38 pm

Lucas is getting so big, Deirdre! Can’t believe it. I know you are just eating this up–this time with him. I remember how that was. *sigh* They grow up very fast.

And, Dear Idol: We’ve been missing you!

FM Fats

January 9th, 2013
4:49 pm

Eddie’s Attic? Capacity maybe 100? At $15 a ticket? An American Idol winner? Damn. Show’’s gonna be history soon if this is the case.

Mercedes S.

January 9th, 2013
7:41 pm

KCF, “Zero Dark Thirty” and I think you’re good.

Mercedes S.

January 10th, 2013
12:52 am

Stayed up way before my bedtime – was fooling around with different countries’ TV output and saw an hour-long episode of a scary French SF series, “Les Revenants” (”those who came back”). Dead people start to come back to the small mountain village they used to live in… really, really creepy.

Deirdre

January 10th, 2013
7:30 am

Morning!

I hearing rumors that Britney has resigned as an XF judge. I believe that is called a preemptive action. Resigning is so much better than getting fired.

Sam-A

January 10th, 2013
8:07 am

Mercedes: Sounds really scary! The older I get the less I can tolerate the creepy kind of scary. Doing ok with “Walking Dead”, but really weird stuff creeps me out too much.

Kelly is performing at the inauguration – maybe singing the national anthem(?). Her version at the Super Bowl was amazing.

Maybe Simon will wake up and realize he had it right the first time with Paula.

Harriett

January 10th, 2013
8:13 am

Good morning!

Has Simon had all this trouble with the judges on his UK show?

Deirdre

January 10th, 2013
8:25 am

I don’t know, Harriett but it seems clear that Simon doesn’t really “get” American audiences. He brings his own built in prejudices to picking judges he thinks we’ll like….and we don’t. Britney was there, imo, as an object of curiosity. What’s Britney really like? Well, as it turns out, at least on tv, she’s pretty dull.

Sam-A

January 10th, 2013
9:16 am

Uh-Oh, guess I’ve offended the gods that be, and my post was lost.

Just celebrating the Peoples Choice awards – just read that two of my tv faves, Nathan Fillion and Ellen DeG won for fave tv Actor and daytime host. Also, a movie I loved, “Perks of being a Nerd” won fave drama pic.

I’d love to see some Oscar noms for “Perks…” and “Moonrise Kingdom”, two quiky, unusual, really great indie films that I dearly loved in 2012.

Finally, “Zero Dark 30″ starts this weekend – I’ll be there!

Mercedes S.

January 10th, 2013
9:22 am

Shafted at the Oscars…No directing nom for either Ben Affleck or Katherine Bigelow. BOOOOO.

Sam-A

January 10th, 2013
9:23 am

DejaVu for Taylor Swift:

Another Taylor Interruption
It’s been four years since Kanye West stole Taylor Swift’s spotlight at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, but apparently the joke still hasn’t gotten old. Or has it?

While introducing the Best Country Artist, presenter Olivia Munn joked that she was the inspiration behind “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” And she took things even further when she grabbed Taylor’s brand-new award from her hands, demanding a “thank you.”

“This always happens,” Swift said, looking a little sad. But when Munn finally gave back the hardware, Taylor spilled her graciousness without skipping a beat. “I wanna thank the fans. You’ve blown my mind with what you’ve done with my album Red.”

Sam-A

January 10th, 2013
9:28 am

Mercedes: I’m very surprised about Ben A, and if “Zero….” is anywhere near the caliber film of Katherine B’s “Hurt Locker”, pretty shocked there as well. I’d pretty much thought Ben would win it, as it was a really well-directed/made film, and he’s very popular in Hollywood circles, having directed a couple of other very good films as well. I may be in the total minority, but I was bored sh–less with “Lincoln” (thought DDL and SF were excellent) – my least fave Spielberg film ever. And as a “musical hater”, no intention of seeing “Les Miz”, so I’m pulling for the aforementioned films.

JTesla

January 10th, 2013
9:30 am

I understand why Kanye would be at an award show, I have yet to figure out why Olivia Munn would be.

Mercedes S.

January 10th, 2013
9:33 am

Interesting how all the male nominees for Best Supporting Oscar are Oscar-winners already. And “mature.”

Mercedes S.

January 10th, 2013
9:35 am

And I’m so glad Jackie Weaver (mom in “Silver Lining”)got nominated…and Sally Field and Helen Hunt and Anne Hathaway.

Mercedes S.

January 10th, 2013
9:37 am

Sam-A, are you talking aout “Perks of Being a Wallflower”? I loved that movie…Ezra Miller especially.

Mercedes S.

January 10th, 2013
9:40 am

As for troubled judges at the Xfactor… wasn’t there a British grl was back who was sent packing because Simon thought her accent couldn’t be understood by US audiences? I liked her, and if we have got used to Simon’s Brit malapropisms, why not give this girl another chance?

Mercedes S.

January 10th, 2013
9:41 am

“British girl way back”…

Mercedes S.

January 10th, 2013
10:41 am