About

"He speaks directly to the listener, almost with a burning hunger, but it's not necessarily love he's craving. It seems as though he wants some sort of commiseration between artists, or sympathy, or, maybe, an agreement between the listener and the songwriter that there's something greater than either of them."
- Casey Grove, The Anchorage Press, 8-2-07

"Combining Jeff Tweedy's heart with Townes Van Zandt's delivery, Allen Coté bridges genres and generations with conviction. Since moving to Milwaukee in 2007, Coté has played more than 300 shows and risen to be among the most respected players in the city's musical pantheon thanks to honesty and passion that run soul-deep."
- Eric Lewin, Underground at Intercontinental, 8-6-10


Allen Coté is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist, originally from Austin, TX and currently based in Milwaukee, WI. Coté is proficient in guitar, lap steel, bass, ukulele, mandolin, and many others; and received the Wisconsin Area Music Industry's 2011 "Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year" award.

Allen Coté has contributed to recordings and performances by numerous national and international artists. He has also provided original scores and sound design for films and live theatre featured at the SXSW Film Festival, Cincinnati Film Festival, Lone Star Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, and Brisbane's Anywhere Theatre Festival.

Allen Coté and John Crockett have twice presented their sound installation "Tonal Motion" at the acclaimed Milwaukee Art Museum. A former journalist, Coté's photography has been featured in The Williamson County Sun, The Austin Chronicle, The Austin-American Statesman, and High Times magazine.

Currently, Coté composes the music for the Emmy-winning television show Wisconsin Foodie, airing several times weekly in the greater Midwest on PBS. He also provides music to marketing and new media firms, and teaches instrument lessons at Milwaukee Montessori School.




photo by Charles Dwyer


2016

Lyric Advisory Board - Revolver
(vocals, guitars, engineering, production and mastering)

Allen Coté - The Sublimative Sessions - Volume 3: The Bad Verse
(vocals, guitars, banjolele, fox horn, engineering, production)


2015

Zeti - Leaves Through an Open Window
(sound design, engineering)


2014

Allen Coté - The Sublimative Sessions - Volume 2: Darling Hall (RIP)
(vocals, guitars, lap steel, bass, production and mastering)

Buffalo Gospel - Hoarse as a Crow: Live on Air
(guitars, production and mixing)

Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds - Things I Remember Golden
(electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel)

Oedipus Tex and the Motherfuckers - "Hipster Assassin"
(engineering, production and mastering)

Allen Coté - The Marriage: Epilogue
(vocals, guitars, bass, ukulele, piano, wine glasses, engineering, production and mastering)

Allen Coté - The Sublimative Sessions - Volume I: Live at WMSE
(vocals, guitar, harmonica, production and mastering)

Allen Coté - Symphonia Pro Punctum
(sound design, engineering, production and mastering)


2013

Cinders
(original film score)

Buffalo Gospel - We Can Be Horses
(electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel)

Pezzettino - Daytrotter sessions
(bass)

Saw Wee - Raise the Flag
(electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel)

Sugar Ransom - Shine On, Shadow
(electric guitar, engineering, production and mastering)

Oedipus Tex and the Motherfuckers - "Kill Your Cell Phone" single
(production)


2012

The Man from Orlando
(original film score - "Il Granddario")

Meadow Parish - Run, Sugar
(acoustic guitar, vocals)

Jonathan Burks - How I Roll
(electric guitar, lap steel, engineering)

Juniper Tar - Since Before
(lap steel)

Wolfgang Schaefer - Typewriter
(bass, lap steel)

The Whiskeybelles - Whiskey Woman
(lap steel)


2011

Imploding Fictions - You Are Invited
(original live theatre score and sound design)

Quinn Scharber - Every Other
(lap steel)

The Wildbirds - When I'm With My Friends
(lap steel)

Pezzettino - "Princess Palace" single
(bass, production)


2010

Trapper Schoepp and the Shades - "Blue Christmas" single
(lap steel)

Jonathan Burks - Red Pulpy Mess
(lap steel)

West of East - Love in the Twilight Zone
(lap steel)

Jonathan Burks - Loudmouth Soup
(lap steel)

Juniper Tar - The Howl Street EP
(lap steel)

Chris DeMay - Bigger than Small
(lap steel)


2009

Marcus Phillips - Thirst and Burden
(lap steel)

The Maze - Awakens
(electric guitar, resonator, mandolin)

The Championship - Moving at the Speed of Darkness
(electric guitar, piano, lap steel, vocals, engineering and production)


2008

The Championship - Midnight Golden
(electric guitar, lap steel, harmonica, mandolin, vocals, engineering and production)

Allen Coté and Tomato Junction - The Marriage
(vocals, guitars, lap steel, harmonica, engineering, production and mastering)


2007

Allen Coté and Tomato Junction - Steal This Single
(vocals, guitars, lap steel, harmonica, engineering, production and mastering)


2005

Christina Bell - Sony/BMG demos
(guitars, mandolin)

Allen Coté - alieNation
(vocals, guitars, bass, percussion, keys, kitchen sink, engineering and production)


2004

Sarofim School of Fine Arts - Medea
(percussion and assisted orchestration for original live theatre score)

Elevator Music for the Insane - Elevator Music for the Insane
(vocals, guitars, engineering, production and mastering)


2002

Allen Coté - Hear My Train a Comin'
(vocals, guitars, mandolin, production)