Recently released: American Troubadour (2014), Alan's sixth album on Rain City Records.
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"Set the World Right Again," from American Troubadour, was selected by the UNFCCC as a "Climate Song of the Week for Paris" in advance of the UN climate summit.
Alan has been performing professionally since the age of 18, when he began singing in show bands in New Orleans. He cut his teeth as a guitarist-troubadour in the pubs of England at age 19 and 20. And through to his mid-20's – before leaving music and heading down the path of becoming a globe-trotting sustainability expert – Alan and his bands were regular performers on both the rock and folk circuit in New York City.
Then in 1992, when asked to substitute for Wangari Maathai (the Nobel Peace Prize winner) as a keynote speaker, Alan took a risk and added songs to his speech. After the success of that experiment, music surged back into Alan's personal and professional life ... and became a regular part of his work with audiences around the world.
With the simultaneous release of two CDs in 1997, "Testing the Rope" (a spare-yet-sparkling singer-songwriter album) and "Whole Lotta Shoppin' Goin' On" (a popular comedy-song collection, with an environmental message), Alan's music career took flight again.
The release of his first book, "Believing Cassandra" (1999) was accompanied by a musical album with the same title. Believing Cassandra combined 10 new songs with 3 "classics" from his previous two albums. Long out of print as a CD, Believing Cassandra (the album) is once again available as a digital download.
In 2006, Alan released a home-demo album of songs written around the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (as translated by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows). Originally recorded in the year 2000, "Falcon, Storm, or Song" was the soundtrack for a one-man musical play about Rilke's life that Alan wrote and performed in the late 1990s.
But after years of producing and releasing small-scale singer-songwriter albums, Alan's new album is a "quantum leap upward" in terms of sound. "There are some remarkable people playing and singing with me on this album," says Alan. "It's both a joy and an honor to be supported by some of Sweden's best, and even legendary, musical artists."