From the very start of his career, being true to himself has brought Allan to the brink of stardom. His dad Harley “smoked, drank and played bars,” introducing him to the music of his icons. As a youngster Allan’s father took him to see artists like Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. He also spent time branding cattle on the family ranch in Lancaster. This is no rhinestone cowboy, folks. Gary Allan is the real deal.
After releasing a pair of albums on Decca (‘96’s Used Heart For Sale included the Top 10 country single, “Her Man” and ‘98’s It Would Be You), he signed to MCA Nashville for ‘99’s Smoke Rings In The Dark. The platinum album produced two hit singles in the title-track and “Right Where I Need To Be,” helping to establish Gary as a heartthrob with the likes of People and Country Weekly calling him “country music’s sexiest star.”
Now, it appears the stars are finally aligned for Allan. “I’m proud of this album,” he says. “I think we walk the line between commercial success and critical acclaim. It’s made our career start slower, but I think we’ll be around a lot longer. I feel like, in the past, with each record, something’s gone wrong. But with this album and the last one, it’s the first time I haven’t felt that. I think we’re going to get our best shot. Everything is coming together for us.”