Shamarr Allen is a world renown, musician that has worked decades to perfect his craft and created a new style of music. As the leader of his triumphant Underdawgs, this NOLA trumpeter, MC and musical icon has developed a unique style that marries all genres of music, jazz, hip hop, funk, rock and a dash of pop for good measure. Shamarr's skills have been in demand for over a decade and he's a regular and crucial part of the local music scene. Some of Shamarr's accomplishments include a performance for president, Barack Obama, multi-city tour with country icon Willie Nelson, studio sessions with Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M., and he's composed the anthem for the Saints, "Bring 'Em To The Dome" and released the oil spill song "Sorry Ain't Enough No More." The band also recently toured Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as cultural ambassadors for the United States Department of State. During one of Shamarr's performance on the Gentilly Stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Shamarr spontaneously announced, “Alright, I want everyone to take out your cell phone and I’m gonna give you my number: 504-799-8147. That’s also the name of our new album coming out July 4th.” Shamarr's phone was instantly flooded with calls and fans have been blowing up his cell ever since. “I like being connected with our fans. That’s why I give out my phone number. I really want them to keep in touch with me. They can call or text about anything at anytime and I answer. They can find out where we’re playing, what we’re doing, or just say ‘Hi!’. I want them to feel a part of what we do. Facebook and Twitter are cool, but a call is more of a connection.” About 504-799-8147 The CD reflects the band’s signature mix that Shamarr Allen calls, “The new and original direction of New Orleans music.” The track, “Typical Rockstar,” uses a driving hip hop/rock beat with expressive vocals, and high energy trumpeting. The edgy, “Whatever You Wanna Do” reflects a more upbeat alternative rock sound combining the memorable and singable chorus with a guitar-amped trumpet solo. “You would swear was a guitar,” says Shamarr.