Building Her Ivory Tower: Allie Fox - Avenue1



by Nick Christophers

February 2013

Country music has recently managed to cross-over into the mainstream scene with great ease. Acts like Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson and Garth Brooks have proven this to be true. An independent artist from Michigan is paving a similar path for herself. Allie Fox was a hidden gem just waiting to be found. At the age of nine years old she took up the guitar and has not put it down since. When she turned eighteen she applied for a job at Music Today in Virginia. Working there became a spring board for her into the music industry.

One of the best perks for working with Music Today was that Allie had the opportunity to be backstage with acts like Dave Matthews, Madonna, and Bonnaroo. Her plans were soon diverted after a close friend of hers died in a car accident. She quickly returned back to Michigan and began working for Magnolia Records and Entertainment. The owner happened to be close friends with Allie’s father who was also a musician. He played with a zydecco band that did national tours. The owner and her father mapped out a plan to set up a blues festival.

She in turn joined them on their project. Magnolia Entertainment managed many acts such as Larry McCray, Frank Bang and The Secret Stash, Matt Besey, and some other Chicago blues artists. Allie took a hands on role in the project like arranging tour dates, gigs, and festivals for the artists. Some of the artist who performed were, Dickie Betts & Great Southern, Dr. John, Carl Weathersby, Tommy Castro, Johnny Winter, The Sauce Cats and Magnolia’s Larry McCray, Frank Bang, and Matt Besey.

“My Dad was the one who inspired me. My first guitar was his first guitar. He played in all kinds of bands since I was young. He played country, blues, rock, zydeco. He had a music collection and a musical desire that triggered my inspiration to follow this road.”

Allie, while working for Magnolia, had the opportunity to tour with Larry McCray and The Allman Brothers. During that time, Larry was working on his “Live on 75″ album. She helped edit Larry’s lyrics, book tour dates and worked contracts for him. The ending dates of the tour were in Chicago and she rode home with the band. She returned to Michigan with the touring experience in her pocket.

After returning to her hometown she decided to devote her talents to a charity called “The Hang On To the Dream Foundation”. The foundation would basically set up singing contests and battle of the bands shows. They would travel to various cities and stage these events. The winner would receive such things as free recording time at a local studio, 100 CDs, distribution, local news and networking. The foundation would invite under-privileged children and offer them gifts and local coverage. One of the founders was the actor Christopher Ewing (One Life to Live, All My Children and Kate & Allie). The foundation even won an Emmy.

In her own music Allie looks to invoke hope and peace as a solution to everyday issues. Her voice and style is reminiscent of the classic rock legends like Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks. Allie has been influenced by many artists like Neil Young, the Beatles, Elton John, Lyle Lovette, Led Zepplin, The Who, and Humble Pie. Two of her recent tracks “When the Night Comes” and “Second Guessing” are a testament to her inspirations.

“Yeah, it’s a beautiful thing to be at peace with everyday issues. As a whole, I live everyday like this. Any disturbance in the peace is hard for me. But, I don’t think about the emotion when I write the songs. I more or less feel a certain way but don’t share the underlying emotion. I don’t always know what drives me to write these songs until much later or ever for that matter. I write as it comes to me and don’t over analyze it too much.”

Allie has recently released her new album “Ivory Tower” that has received national attention. It was a solo experiment that has developed into something more. During the recording they traveled to record with the drummer who lived ten hours away. They ended up practicing from ten-thirty at night till two in the morning. Then they went to the studio the next morning and recorded for two days. For 2013 Allie is looking to complete another full length album. She also teaches music and guitar while not working in the studio. You can her music and keep up with her at or



"Is" now on Spotify!


You can now find the debut EP "Is" from Allie Fox and the Ivory Tower on the music social networking site Spotify! Buy the album now on iTunes!

Allie Fox—Big Noise Emerging Artist

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Give us a one-sentence description of Allie's music : Allie has songs you won't forget and a voice you don't want to forget.

Finish the sentence : 'Someone will like Allie's music if they like...Black Keys, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Cat Power.'

Key career highlights :
Allie has worked with some of the best in the industry in many different aspects.

  • From writing, managing, booking, touring, performing, and helping with festivals to helping children that have special needs play music through charity - she has really done it all.
  • Some of the artists she has been associated or worked with include: Gov't Mule, North Mississippi Allstars, The Allman Brothers, Dickie Betts and Great Southern, Dr. John, Larry McCray, Frank Bang, Matt Besey and The Sauce Cats.
  • Some companies she's worked for include: MUSICTODAY, Redlight Management, Magnolia Entertainment and Records, Blues Bash By the Cass Festival, The Hang onto the Dream Foundation, The State Theater in Kalamazoo MI, and The Kalamazoo School of Music and Dance.

How and when Allie started making music : In grade school, Allie started taking guitar lessons. She joined in a church group and then into a band in high school that performed songs she had written in collaboration with the band.  She began working within the industry by 18 and went on tour with Larry McCray and The Allman Brothers at 19. She was the tour manager for Larry and helped put together his live album at the time. Allie then went on writing and performing her own songs. This is her first, long-awaited studio album. 

What makes Allie's music different? There's a ghostly soul that underlies these rock songs that is both haunting and cheery. A combination that is precise with many people's lives and resonates with a wide audience. It is this bitter and sweet that makes you want to hear her songs, see her live, and buy the album so you can share in something moving. Once you hear her voice, you'll understand.

Convince me to see Allie's next show : Seeing Allie with or without her band is never a disappointment. If you're looking to hear these songs as they're recorded you'll hear just that. If you've never heard her songs, you won't look away. She has a mid-range clarity in her voice that pierces through the back of the crowd. Regardless of where you see her, it's guaranteed you'll want to see her again. 

Why is it important for you to connect with music fans and what do you have to offer them as an artist? 'As an artist it is important to connect with your fans and do things for them since they are helping keep the music alive and heard. Fans are friends and friends are forever. This togetherness is created through good music, shows, the media, and the personal effort of the artist.

I pledge to myself and my fans that I will always deliver good music, togetherness, and personal attention. The only reason I want to write music is to draw friends and keep friends and family by bringing people together. I want to be there for people. To say what they can't. To do what they wish they could do but don't know how.

I want to help people and teach people through my music. Music is a major outlet for me to tell people how it is. How to overcome tragedy, helplessness, depression, sadness. I want to tell people how to love one another and create tolerance through being a role model for others. It is important to me to communicate well, deliver what the fans want to hear, and put on amazing performances in gratitude of the position my fans put me in.'

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Artist contact: Al Gomes and A. Michelle | Big Noise
Tel: 401-274-4770 USA

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Limited Edition Autographed Copy of "Is" Now Available

Recorded in Detroit with Matt Dalton at 37 Studios, the debut EP from Allie Fox & The Ivory Tower is now available! Click pay pal link below to order a limited edition autographed hard copy of the EP complete with liner notes.

The EP will be available for download in August on iTunes and Amazon. Listen to all 5 songs on the Music page.

The cover art for "Is."

The cover art for "Is."

Click "Buy Now" to purchase limited edition autographed copy of "Is," the debut EP from Allie Fox and The Ivory Tower. The EP is $5 (plus $2 shipping).