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Details on Gary Allan
Traditionalism is back in style, and this Southern California honky-tonker is the latest new talent to turn
heads at mainstream country radio with a sound firmly rooted in the music of another era.
At thirteen, he played the honky tonks. At fifteen, he turned down a
record deal. At eighteen, he joined the army. At twenty, he owned a
successful construction company. Heís devoted to his family of three little
girls. He sold cars and trucks by day and ignited Southern California
audiences with his fiery brand of West Coast honky tonk late into the
nights, six evenings a week.
No small wonder that Gary Allanís voice carries the imprint of lifeís
experiences far beyond his young years. When he sings, he travels the rich
emotional landscape of the enduring themes of country music-love,
heartache, joy, redemption - with an astonishing depth for a young artist.
Also no small wonder that when he came to Nashville for the first time in
his life, within weeks, six major labels wanted to sign him.
Used Heart For Sale, the debut album for Decca (produced by Mark Wright and Byron Hill) delivers Allanís
authentic, roots-based country music that was born in the honky tonks of Southern California, nurtured on a
life-long love of country greats George Strait and Merle Haggard, and filtered through the dusty streets of Buck
The album demonstrates Allanís strength as a first-rate singer. Like the legends of country music he reveres,
thereís heart, soul and gravel in this young voice, and a raw, sultry delivery thatís the mark of authenticity. On the
first single, "Her Man" and other ballads, "All I Had Going is Gone" and "From Where Iím Sitting," the singer
isnít afraid to take chances, letting his voice catch on a word, or dropping into a low register at just the right
moment in the song, as if heís just received a blow to the heart. When Gary Allan sings, you canít help but listen.
At only 28, he is a 14-year seasoned veteran. Born in Montebello, California, Allan moved to La Mirada with his
parents and older brother and sister when he was five. The kids, anxious to acquire musical instruments, acted on
the advice of their mother and bought their father a guitar. With dad into music, suddenly, they had a P.A. in the
living room and every instrument they wanted to play. When Gary was 13, he saw an ad for a singer at a honky
tonk in his neighborhood. He picked up his guitar, walked the two blocks to the bar and made the owner listen to
him sing, even while the man tried to shoo him off, shaking his head that Gary was just too young. The very next
weekend, Gary sang at the club while his father and older brother played with the band. "I was so young that I
actually had to leave the club during breaks."
With Used Heart For Sale, the California singer brings "country" back to Nashville, joining the ranks of other
successful new artists like The Mavericks in drawing on the origins of country music while presenting a sound that
is fresh, real, and utterly contemporary. The first cut, "Send Back My Heart" is a shuffle that rocks down the
house. "Forever and a Day," a twisting, two-stepping stomp with an infectious guitar lick that sasses back the
melody, and "living in a House of Love," an uptempo country song with a driving backbeat, are guaranteed to
shake folks right out of the lines theyíre dancing in. "Of All the Hearts," sends steel and fiddle wailing, and Allan
wails along with them, forming a symphony of sound that tugs at the heartstrings.
"Used Heart For Sale," co-written with creative partner and guitar player, Jake Kelly, has an infectious
western swing that reflects the pairís combined influences. "I love the real singers - Mark Chesnutt, George
Jones, Merle Haggard, George Strait," says Allan. "And Jake likes Buck Owens and Buddy Holly." "The two of
us have creative synchronicity," Kelly adds. Both Allan and Kelly are writers with MCA Publishing.
"Wine Me Up," an old Faron Young song, brings back the fun, with that traditional but strange ritual in which
honky tonkers salute Dionysus, the Greek god of the vine. On "Wake Up Screaming," written by Jim Lauderdale
and John Levanthal, a song with a seductive, edgy guitar line, Allanís voice quakes and moans while he sings of
But for Gary Allan, his dreams seem to come true. By the time he was 15, he was
offered a recording contract, though his parents did not want him to accept it.
Reluctantly, he took their advice. "In retrospect, I believe my parents saved my life. I
know that if Iíd been signed then, Iíd have tried to sing like others. Iíd have tried to
sound like all those singers I love. But Iíve developed my style over the years by
singing in clubs. Now, I just sing."
Discouraged over the aborted record deal, Allan quit playing music publicly. After
high school, he married, served in the army and started a family. Though his new
construction company was successful, he never lost the feeling that he could make it
as a musician. Allan credits his wife with encouraging him to take the risk again and
pursue his dream. Though the two eventually divorced, they remain good friends and Allan is very active in the
lives of his three daughters.
At an audition, Allan met Jake Kelly, a highly schooled musician with a penchant for country music and Buddy
Holly. Jake took him aside and said, "I donít want to be in a band with these guys. But youíre a great singer. I
want to start a band with you." Within months, Gary and his new band, the Honky Tonk Wranglers, were playing
the Southern California clubs, and packing the houses, transforming empty bars to hot spots. Audiences went wild
for their cowboy toga parties in which the band, too, donned the sheets. "We were like family with our audience.
To this day, wherever weíre playing, theyíll all come out to support us,"
Allan attributes his unique sound of authentic western swinging honky tonk to his years developing his talent in
the clubs, and his deep love of playing to an audience. "We donít sound like anybody. And that only happens when
you play with the same people every night."
For Allan, the integrity is in the love of the music. "We donít play so that we can sell records. We want to sell
records so that we can continue to play." When the singer worked construction, he rose at six every morning,
worked twelve hours, played in the clubs until three, and then got up at six to go to work again. "Hey, I did it for
free. Now that Iím doing it for a living, itís a dream come true. Sometimes, I look at Jake and say, ĎCan you
believe it?í Itís like we snuck through a door, and we hope we wonít ever be thrown out."
From the sound of the album, that probably wonít happen.
Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld
Favorite Food: Lobster
Least Favorite Food: Brussel Sprouts
Favorite Actor: Mike Douglas
Favorite Sports: Volleyball, boxing
Favorite Career Moment: Showcase for Decca Records
Favorite Car: Lamborghini
Ideal Vacation: Any place there is Sun & Surf
Favorite Childhood Christmas Gift: Surfboard
Who would you most like to meet: George Strait & Ernest Tubb
Favorite Leisure Activity: Surfiní
Least Favorite Household Chore: Yard Work
Favorite Cartoon Characters: Tigger & Marvin the Martian
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite All-time Song: "My Favorite Memory"
Name a place where youíve always wanted to go, but have never been:
Fiji to surf
Did you have a hero growing up? No
Did you have a nick-name growing up? No
Whatís the strangest job youíve ever had? Loadiní trucks
What was the first song you wrote and when? "Teenage Crush" 13
Back to where you came frome *S*