Allison Robertson

Allison Rae Robertson[1] (born August 26, 1979) is an American musician and the guitarist for rock bands The Donnas and Chelsea Girls.

Allison Robertson
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Background information
Birth nameAllison Rae Robertson
Born (1979-08-26) August 26, 1979 (age 40)
OriginNorth Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active1993–present
LabelsLookout!, Atlantic, Purple Feather Records
Associated actsThe Donnas, Chelsea Girls, Steel Panther

Early lifeEdit

Allison Robertson was born on August 26, 1979, in North Hollywood, California. She comes from a musical family. Her father is musician Baxter Robertson[2] who wrote the track "Feel The Night" on The Karate Kid soundtrack. Her mother, Lisa Jimenez, worked for A&M Records and for a variety of music publishing companies in Los Angeles prior to the family relocating to Palo Alto in the early 1980s.[citation needed] Although she was born in North Hollywood, she later moved to Palo Alto, California, early in her childhood. She started to play guitar at the age of 12.[citation needed]


Her first guitar was a Mexican-made Fender Telecaster[3] which she later sold to get her first Gibson guitar. In Palo Alto she met her bandmates (from what was later known as The Donnas) Torry Castellano in 4th grade, Maya Ford in 5th grade, and Brett Anderson in 7th grade[4] in school. They formed a band in 8th grade called Ragady Anne, later calling themselves The Electrocutes at Palo Alto High School.[5] She toured with the band, straight out of high school.

She is known for playing Gibson guitars[6] and Marshall amps,[7] her signature guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Standard. She prefers not to use effects pedals, as her Marshall amps alone give her the guitar sound she favors.[citation needed]

Side projectsEdit

In 2006, she formed the band Elle Rae,[8] with her sister Emily. The name was a combination of both their middle names, Ellen and Rae. Elle Rae has recorded two songs, both of which are available for streaming on their Myspace page. One of the songs is a cover of the Split Enz track "Six Months in a Leaky Boat".

In early 2007, she played lead guitar for band Loudlion. One of their songs appeared on The Hills Have Eyes 2 soundtrack.[9]

As of May 2007, she has her own show called Fun in The Dungeon with Allison Robertson on the internet radio station Women Rock Radio.[10]

In January 2009 Allison joined with Samantha Maloney (ex. Mötley Crüe, Hole), former Playboy model/disc jockey Tuesdae, and Corey Parks (ex. Nashville Pussy), to form Chelsea Girls.[11] Chelsea Girls were offered a monthly gig at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, after the band's first 3 live shows there sold out and attracted major media attention.[12]

In February 2010 Robertson announced that she was no longer playing with Chelsea Girls via The Donnaholics message boards. In October 2010 Robertson began playing select shows with the Chelsea Girls once again.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Allison Robertson Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 22 March 2007.
  2. ^ Onstage magazine profile of The Donnas Archived May 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The GIBSON & Baldwin Player- The Donnas Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The Donnas: Ask The Donnas Torry 7.12.04 Archived August 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The Donnas with Blondie and Pat Benatar". Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  6. ^ Allison Robertson Interview Archived 2009-02-12 at the Wayback Machine Gibson Guitar
  7. ^ Guitar Player - THE BUSINESS
  8. ^ Elle Rae on MySpace
  9. ^ Winberg, Pär (10 June 2007). "Bleu And His Band LoudLion Loves Def Leppard". Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  10. ^ Women Rock Radio DJs Archived July 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Chelsea Girls". MySpace.
  12. ^ "Soundcheck: Chelsea Girls". Spin Magazine. 25 March 2009.

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