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Gary Allan

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GARY ALLAN

See If I Care

"Iím just a California boy/With my old gee-tar/And theyíre trying to put an end to guys like me."

- Guys Like Me

Gary Allan is Nashvilleís best-kept secret. And maybe thatís because this, Orange County,

California-born cowboy surfer who still makes his home in Huntington Beach, finds his frequent

touring takes him far from Music Row.

The musical influences on See If I Care, his fifth album, also travel a great distance, but remain

true to Garyís roots. Garyís love of country idols like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George

Jones, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens and Lefty Frizzell are blended with an appreciation for fellow

SoCal rockers like the Blasters, X and Janeís Addiction to create his own unique style.

The aching torch ballad "Tough Little Boys," could be Allanís biggest hit yet. The single comes

on the heels of his recent #1 hit, "Man to Man," from 2001ís Gold-going-on-platinum Alright

Guy, which also had a #3 smash in "The One." He recently introduced "Tough Little Boys" into

his live shows and was stunned by the instant response it evoked.

Itís a song that comes, like all of Allanís best work, straight from the heart to his audience. "Kids

can bring you to your knees no matter how tough you are," says the veteran singer. "I donít

really like sappy songs," "Unless theyíre done sincerely and honestly."

The new album, produced by Allan with longtime collaborator Mark Wright (Lee Ann Womack

and Brooks and Dunn), features many of the same musicians heís played with previously,

including keyboardist Steve Nathan, drummer Chad Cromwell, electric guitarists Brent Rowan

and Michael Rhodes, acoustic guitarist John Willis, with Dan Dugmore and Robby Turner on

steel.

The production leaves in the rough edges, especially on the raucous honky-tonk of guitarist Mike

Hendersonís rowdy "Drinkin?Dark Whiskey" and the south-of-the-border Tex-Mex accordion

strains of "Guys Like Me." Allan shows his gentler side on the plaintive, Roy Orbison-by-way-of

Chris Isaak blues of the Jamie OíHara-penned "See If I Care," and on Brice Long, Odie

Blackmon and Byron Hillís sensuous "Nothing On But the Radio," with its sawing fiddle and

weeping steel guitar.

"I believe thatís going to be a make-out song," drawls Allan about the latterís classic doubleentendre

title. "I can definitely hear that one on the radio."

Other standouts include Pat McLaughlinís "Songs About Rain," a name-check of tunes like

"Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" and "Rainy Night In Georgia" that Allan sings in

what he calls his "best Tom Petty imitation." He co-wrote "You Donít Know a Thing About Me"

with Jamie OíHara and Odie Blackmon, and itís as close as youíll get to a personal revelation

from Allan. His moving, semi-autobiographical version of Jesse Winchesterís "A Showmanís

Life" reminds you that this young veteran started performing in clubs with his father and older

brother Greg when he was just 12, writing songs by the time he was 14 and turning down record

contracts at 15.

"That song is so true," he admits. "Just seeing the underbelly of show businessóthe other side of

the curtain, so to speak. It killed me when I first heard it."

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 Allanís 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 (?6ís Used Heart for Sale included the Top 10

country single, "Her Man" and ?8ís It Would Be You), he signed to MCA Nashville for ?9ís

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 musicís sexiest star."

Now, it appears the stars are finally aligned for Allan. "Iím proud of this album," he says. "I

think we walk the line between commercial success and critical acclaim. Itís made our career

start slower, but I think weíll be around a lot longer. I feel like, in the past, with each record,

somethingís gone wrong. But with this album and the last one, itís the first time I havenít felt

that. I think weíre going to get our best shot. Everything is coming together for us."

See If I Care, reveals Gary Allan as a sturdy traditionalist whoís not afraid to embrace the future,

a man who unabashedly mixes country with rock. A "Tough Little Boy" who has grown into an

impressive guy.

 

Discography

 

Albums

  • See If I Care
  • Smoke Rings In The Dark
  • It Would Be You
  • Used Heart For Sale
  • Alright Guy
     

Singles

  • Tough Little Boys
  • Smoke Rings In The Dark
  • It Would Be You
  • I'll Take Today
  • Lovin' You Against My Will
  • Right Where I Need To Be
  • Man Of Me

 

 

 

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