Alan John Britton
Music has been a big part of Alan’s life. He remembers sitting on the knee of his grandmother singing “Now Is the Hour” at eighteen months old, leading on guitar lessons from world-renowned jazz player, Frank Evans, during his teens.
By the age of twelve, Alan was playing solo at local venues and went on to join three young ladies in a vocal harmony group called “The Cherokees”.
He continued with the thumb-picking style that Chet Atkins brought to the airwaves. Later, in 1994, Alan presented Chet with “The Gibson Living Legend Award” at a one-off concert in Bristol, England. On two occasions, Alan played the Wembley Arena with Mervyn Conn’s “British Line Dance Championships” with his then band “Country FM”. Alan has a discography of eight albums, with many tracks self penned and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and at his own studio in England. He often worked with fellow Bristolian Roger Cook.
The writing of Uncle Art’s story grew out of researching the history of country music for the Chet Atkins’ concert. He was amazed to find that the little-heard-of fellow Bristolian had helped to create early recordings of now legendary names.
Alan lives with his wife, Shirley, and their Jack Russells in the old market town of Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, England, at the foot of the Cotswold Hills, eleven miles northeast of Bristol City Centre. They have four children, five grandchildren, and counting. www.alanjohnbritton.co.uk