A country star who’s been coined as a modern-day outlaw is performing Saturday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC).
Gary Allan, who has been writing and singing country music since 1996, has started a tour across the U.S. With nine albums and more than 30 singles released, Allan has been a country music star for the ages.
After being born into a family with musical talent in abundance, he began playing in honky-tonks with his father at the age of 13. At 15, he was offered his first recording contract with A&M Records but declined due to his parents wishing him to finish his education.
After graduation, Allan played bars with his band, The Honky Tonk Wranglers. Allan seemed to get his jumpstart in the music career thanks to his side job, selling cars. After he placed a demo tape in the glovebox of a car bought by a wealthy couple, they gave him a check for $12,000, which he used to get to Nashville, Tenn.
Allan’s recordings with Javelina Studios brought several responses from major record labels, including Mercury, RCA and Decca. He later went on to sign with Decca, releasing his first debut studio album “Used Heart for Sale” in 1996.
The album would move to the top 20 charts and be named “Best of the Month.” The first single, “Her Man,” rose Allan to his first “Top 10 Country Hits” advance on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Unfortunately, other tracks were not as successful.
Allan was named “Country Music’s Sexy Star” by People Magazine in 1998, thanks to his description as “dark and dreamy” in Entertainment Weekly, as well as Playboy calling him “soulful and rough around the edges.” Rolling Stone added in by deeming him a “maverick.”
After a hiatus, Allan re-signed with Universal Music Group Nashville in 2016, which supported him for 20 years. His last album, released in 2013, “SET YOU FREE,” topped the Billboard 200 Pop Chart, something that had never happened before, as well as debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Album chart for the fourth time in a row.
Allan has also appeared on several shows, such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the “Late Show with David Letterman,” as well as “Jimmy Fallon,” and “Live! with Kelly and Michael.” Most recently, he’s been on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
In 2004, Allan lost his third wife, Angela, because of suicide. The two had only been married three years. Due to the grief and impact it had on Allan, he took a year off, putting his career on hold. However, he realized the way to help himself was through the 2005 album, “Tough All Over,” an extremely personal album.
Tickets for Allan’s upcoming performance are on sale and available at the KCAC Box Office, as well as online at iuptix.com and by phone. The prices range from $25 to $99. The performance is at 8 p.m.