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Country rocker Gary Allan gets off on the pain

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Gary Allan & Kenny Chesney in Columbia       By Vicki Shivers

It’s been six long years since Gary Allan  tragically lost his wife Angela. Since then the California country rocker has capitalized on his creativity to cope with his huge loss. The irony is in the aftermath of tragedy his career has skyrocketed. He has secured a position for himself in the storied history of tragedy and success in country music.

Now after seven studio releases and one greatest hits cd, Gary Allan is back again with his ninth cd, ‘Get Off On The Pain’.The album sums up and expands on Allan's fifteen years of Nashville music-making.  Those fifteen years, seven studio albums and greatest hits cd have garnered twenty-two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three that reached Number One.


 
 
"I relate to the road."
                                    - Gary Allan


 
"It's a relentless life you live out there.  But it's been my life for the last four or five years.  Since Ange passed, it's been like a healing process for me -- a way to sanity, a way of keeping my mind on something else, namely my music."
It’s been awhile since Gary Allan stopped by Columbia’s Williams Brice Stadium with Kenny Chesney in 2008, but Gary Allan has taken to the road to cope and work with the cards he been dealt. So far, we are not seeing any South Carolina tour dates, but if you are up for a road trip, Allan will be playing The Durham Performing Arts Center just up the road in North Carolina. The date will be March 12 and would be a great start to your St. Patty’s Day celebrations.
If you are a late night person, look for Gary Allan to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 9 in support of “Get Off On The Pain” also in stores March 9. Keep up with his latest South Carolina tour dates and appearances right here or on my Charleston, SC Country Music Examiner column.
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Comments

  • Cheryl Antier 4 years ago

    Great article - I didn't know he'd lost his wife, and your article gives me new insight into one of my favorite singers.

  • Jennifer Smith 4 years ago

    Can't wait! I am the marketing director for the Jason Marks Band, his opening band for this show. It's gonna be a good one! Check out the band at www.myspace.com/jasonmarksnc.