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Gary Allan

Gary Allan hit the honky tonk circuit in his native Southern California at the seasoned age of 12. Playing in and out of the smoky, sweaty bars with his dad's band led Allan to follow in his father's footsteps and start his own band. When Allan returned to those same honky tonks with his own combo, the sound was true Bakersfield country: Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and the rest. Allan spent most of his twenties honing his skills as a new traditionalist country singer; finally, in 1996, he was picked up by the Decca label. Used Heart for Sale appeared that year, and even if it was a bit timid, the album established Allan as a talented performer with plenty of potential. Two years later he returned with It Would Be You. This time out, Allan suffered from slick Nashville production, which winnowed away most of his whiskey-soaked barroom charm. Nevertheless, his talent shone through. In 1999, Decca closed its doors. Allan's contract was picked up by MCA, which released his Smoke Rings in the Dark later that year. The album combined most of what Allan did best -- dusty honky tonk, cracked country ballads -- into a solid effort that didn't get too heavy with the Music City sheen. The album even included a rousing cover of the Del Shannon classic "Runaway" that harked back to Allan's younger days on the honky tonk circuit. With 2001's Alright Guy, an accomplished mix of driving, dusty swagger and slow-burn croon, Allan proved that he was only getting better with age. Its single, "Man to Man," became the singer's first number one hit. Allan toured extensively in support of Alright Guy before beginning work on a follow-up album, and when See If I Care appeared in September 2003, it was another solid set of Bakersfield-derived country and poignant balladry. Tough All Over, a Top Ten hit, arrived in 2005. A greatest-hits collection was issued early in 2007, followed by a new studio project, Living Hard, later in the year. The single "Today" arrived in June 2009 and debuted on the chart at number 52; it was followed by the album Get Off on the Pain in early 2010. After a world tour and a rest, Allan went into the studio to record in 2012. The single "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)," appeared in September of that year, while its accompanying album, Set You Free, was released in January of 2013. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Stations Featuring
Gary Allan

    '90s Country

    '90s Country
    4 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    3 songs

    '00s Country

    '00s Country
    11 songs

    Heartbreak Hotel

    Heartbreak Hotel
    2 songs

    Country Holiday

    1 song

Albums by
Gary Allan

Top Songs by
Gary Allan

  1.   Song
  2.   Nothing on But the Radio
  3.   Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)
  4.   Watching Airplanes
  5.   Today
  6.   Get Off on the Pain
  7.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  8.   Right Where I Need to Be
  9.   A Feelin' Like That
  10.   Her Man
  11.   It Would Be You
  12.   Learning How to Bend
  13.   Pieces
  14.   Life Ain't Always Beautiful
  15.   She's So California
  16.   Best I Ever Had
  17.   Songs About Rain
  18.   Lovin' You Against My Will
  19.   Man of Me
  20.   Tough Little Boys
  21.   I Just Got Back from Hell
  22.   Tough All Over
  23.   Do You Wish It Was Me?
  24.   Kiss Me When I'm Down
  25.   As the Crow Flies
  26.   We Fly By Night
  27.   We Touched the Sun
  28.   Living Hard
  29.   I Think I've Had Enough
  30.   When You Give Yourself Away
  31.   It Ain't the Whiskey