Singer Austin Allsup has made it to The Voice, Season 11 Lives. And it’s really not a surprise. He was born into music royalty. Allsup’s father is Grammy Award-winning guitarist Tommy Allsup, who played with the legendary Buddy Holly. While touring with Holly, Tommy lost a fateful coin toss with Ritchie Valens for a seat on the plane that crashed in February 1959, killing Valens, Holly, and JP “the Big Bopper” Richardson. In 1979, Allsup opened a club in Dallas called Tommy’s Heads Up Saloon.
[Austin Allsup’s version of Wild Horses is available on iTunes]
But it wasn’t until 2000 when Tommy Allsup won a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Bob’s Breakdowns” also featuring Asleep At The Wheel, Floyd Domino, Larry Franklin, Vince Gill, and Steve Wariner. It’s a tribute to Bob Willis, the King of Western Swing, who Allsup also played with for years. Take a listen below. The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.