Kris Allen with Walker Burroughs

All Ages
Sunday, September 08, 2024
Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm
In 2019, Kris Allen celebrated the 10th anniversary of his American Idol win by releasing “10,” an album of reimagined acoustic versions of some of his most beloved songs of the previous decade, including fan-favorite “Waves” and his platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying.” In 2021, Kris followed this up with the release of “Don’t Stop Dancing” and 4 other singles that launched a new era of music for the Arkansas-born musician. Songs like “Hallelujah! For Now” and “Different Bridges” feature the imaginative songwriting and stunning vocals that put Kris on the map and pave the way for his upcoming album “Pole Vaulter.” When not making music and playing it live across the world, Kris lives in Nashville with his wife Katy and three kids.
Kris Allen’s 5th studio album didn’t have a title until he wrote the final song. Building on the imagery that captured the entire 3-year process, “Pole Vaulter” and its title track find Kris comfortable in the self-awareness that can only come from 15 years of navigating life as a recording artist. 
Paving the way for the album’s release, the lead single “Guinevere” features the imaginative songwriting and stunning vocals that put Kris on the map. Though Kris laments he may never “sing like McCartney,” it’s Macca and another notable Paul (Simon) whose work inspired Guinevere’s sound. Working with producer and friend, Andy Skib, Kris took a soulful approach to his inspiration with lyrics that set the tone for his most introspective work to date. Kris’ forthcoming album launches a new era for the Arkansas-born musician with 14 tracks that elevate his already impressive catalogue. From a song about the joys of long-term love to the antidote for intrusive thoughts, “Pole Vaulter” explores a range of emotions and experiences that have shaped Kris as a person and into the seasoned storyteller he’s become.

Walker Burroughs is best known for his achievement as a top 8 finalist on American Idol 2019. Originally from Birmingham, AL he is a graduate of Belmont University with a degree in voice and an emphasis in songwriting. While a student, he toured nationally with Bobby Bones as both his piano player and a featured artist. Walker’s music blends interesting melodies and chords with lyrics that reflect on the joy and the pain of connecting with ourselves, others and the world around us.

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