Alan West’s deep passion for Country music has been with him since the age of six and, over the last three decades, he has gone on to establish himself as one of the UK’s finest country singers, songwriters and performers. Kelvin Henderson became Alan’s close friend and mentor and helped to shape the very definite appreciation he has for a good song. “West and Elliott” was to provide Alan with his first real taste of success having won the British Country Music Association award for “UK’s Finest Duo” two years running as well as receiving the “Album of the Year” for their debut album “The All Day Session”. This led to frequent tours with such songwriting legends as Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Sonny Curtis and Hugh Moffatt.
Since the duo went their separate ways Alan has gone on to record two solo CD’s the first of which was recorded in Nashville. Produced by Pat McInerney and engineered by multi Grammy winner Bill VornDick at Mountainside Studio “Songs From A Neophyte”(2008) was to become a turning point in Alan’s career. Not only did the album receive critical acclaim it directly led to more tours including one with Hal Ketchum. Having worked with Steve Black (one of the UK’s unsung songwriters) for a number of years, the decision to record a CD of Steve’s songs was an easy one. The new CD “The Way Of The World” (2010) was produced and engineered by John Taylor at Mirage Studios and features guest appearances by Albert Lee and Sarah Jory as well as performances by some of the UK’s finest players.
November 2010 saw Alan on a trip to Nashville with guitarist Dean Barnes to perform at The Loveless Café and The Cadillac Ranch where he also rekindled his relationship in the studio with Pat McInerney, the results of which have now been released as a 6 track EP, “the way it is” on Devon based record label Neo Music. Alan West’s name has always been synonymous with quality and originality and his continued pursuit of excellence would appear to ensure nothing is about to change any time soon.