St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Born in the small town of Jasper, Alabama, Allen Branstetter's first musical experiences began at a very young age. His love for his first instrument, the piano, shifted the day a trumpet was placed in his hands and he joined his middle school band program. Steeped in southern music heritage, Allen has developed a sound and style of playing over the years that draws frequent comparisons to trumpet legend and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns.
In the summer of 2012, while working a pizza delivery job in Birmingham, Alabama, Allen joined the band St. Paul and The Broken Bones. In 2014, St. Paul and the Broken Bones became one of the fastest rising bands in recent memory following the release of their debut LP, Half the City. After playing nearly two hundred shows in thirty-four states and seven countries, the group returned home to Birmingham for two sold-out shows at the legendary 2,250-seat Alabama Theatre. St. Paul and The Broken Bones are currently writing material for a forthcoming LP, taking some time off from writing to play two shows with rock and roll legends, The Rolling Stones.
Branstetter maintains a busy career as a freelance and recording artist, having recently been featured on the official soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning film Twelve Years a Slave with the Grammy Award-nominated band Alabama Shakes, as well as performances with Grammy Award-winning artists Hot 8 Brass Band, Jim Lauderdale, and Jim Lauderdale & Buddy Miller.
Recent accomplishments include, as a member of St. Paul and The Broken Bones, being nominated for the 2014 Americana Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year award and a performance at the AMA Honors & Awards Ceremony that Rolling Stone described as the "hands-down highlight of the night."
A graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Branstetter has studied with Dr. Chip Crotts, Roger Ingram, and John McElroy.