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Gary Allan

Allan performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Gary Allan Herzberg
Born (1967-12-05) December 5, 1967 (age 49)
La Mirada, California, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments

Vocals
guitar

Years active 1991–present
Labels

Decca Nashville
MCA Nashville
EMI Nashville

Associated acts Mark Wright
Website www.garyallan.com

Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.
I'm really private, and also, when I'm home, I'm home. I don't like people in on my business. I believe that you can be overexposed.
Gary Allan
I think you need to do something new to keep reinventing yourself.
My goal is to hit the gym every day I'm on vacation. Usually I just end up sleeping and drinking beer.
Gary Allan
Life ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride.
I try never to focus on the radio, just find great songs, find emotion and just write the best songs you can. I think when you get fixated on trying to do something too accurate, it becomes more washed out and less what you intended it to be. So I think each time the challenge for me is to try and reinvent a little bit.
Gary Allan
I've had fans come and knock on my door. I'm usually polite, but I'm usually very direct and say, 'It's not cool that you come here uninvited.'
Gary Allan
I've never listened to an album once I've finished it. All I hear is what I should've done different. I beat myself up over it.
Gary Allan
Sometimes if a song hits me really good the first time, I get sick of it. And by the 10th time I've heard it, it's just candy, and I don't like it anymore.
Gary Allan
It's always performing for me. I write and I record so I can perform. It all ties to that. I've done it since I was a little kid. That's my absolute rush, is playing for different people every night, bringing something else to the table they've never seen.
Gary Allan
Everything about the music industry takes away from you as an artist. They're always wondering what the next thing is: 'What do you have?' It's a very introverted process.
Gary Allan
If you're truly in a band and you guys have been together for a long time, there's a family bond that you have. In fact, I've talked about this with therapists, especially if you're talking about a relationship, because when you're with somebody, you're going to your family, and she's alone.
Gary Allan
If you come on my property, I've got you from the second that you enter on. There's little lasers… my TVs come on in my room and fall just right on you. So, there's no way to sneak up on me. And I've got a loud dog.
Gary Allan
I am so anti-people's opinions when I'm making a record, but when it's finished and I put it out there, I hope somebody likes it.
Gary Allan
I love the intimacy of venues like the House of Blues. When everyone is packed in and so close to you, it makes you play differently. It's so much more fun to play because there's so much more high energy in a place like that.
Gary Allan
When my wife passed, I stopped doing interviews and I stopped doing meet-and-greets, mostly because I sort of became this suicide ambassador. Everybody wanted to tell me their story.
Gary Allan
Shoot, there's a committee to tell you everything at a record label. You definitely have to know who you are if you want to look like you at the end of the process. We've all seen people get record contracts, and by the time they're spit out by the machine, we don't even recognize them.
Gary Allan
If you date a musician, you're never, ever really gonna be first either. You're gonna be right behind the music and maybe right close.
Gary Allan
I've always said I've wanted to be around forever. I never wanted to be the latest, greatest thing. I want to be like Willie Nelson – touring when I'm 70. To do that, you can't be the latest, greatest thing because those things fizzle out.
Gary Allan
I don't want to hear songs about how sunshiny things are. I don't like songs that feel like radio candy… I like the ones that make you think, laugh or cry – they pull some kind of emotion out of you.
Gary Allan
You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.
I try to write relevant songs about life and whatever I'm going through and whatever people are going through.
Gary Allan
We sat around and I fed them barbecue and whiskey. And pretty soon everyone started to compete with each other on the guitars. It seemed the more everyone drank and ate, the more everyone got into it.
Gary Allan
I think the real problem is that nobody buys albums anymore, so you don't get the depth of the artists that are out today. What you get is whatever they felt is politically correct to get on there and actually make some impact. I think that's where you're losing your depth. You're only getting the very top of everything. It really bothers me.
Gary Allan
When all your stuff gets smashed, everybody gives you new stuff. And when you've been playing the same guitar since you were like 12, that's a lot like dancing with somebody else's wife.
Gary Allan
No matter who you meet in life, you take something from them, positive or negative.
Gary Allan
When you take other people's opinions, you end up flailing and you have no center.
Gary Allan
I'll fill those canyons in your soul, like a river lead you home. And I'll walk a step behind, in the shadows so you shine. Just ask, it will be done and I will prove my love, until you're sure that I'm the one.
Gary Allan
I love the road. That's always been my goal. I've said that to many record labels. I want to make records. The road is my favorite. Some people hate the road, I love the road.
Gary Allan
My whole back's tattooed. I just wanted a twist. I was always in punk bands when I was little… I think that's where the tie comes from.
Gary Allan
Anytime something starts to feel like a popularity contest or not about the music, I'd rather just not be involved. I'm not a big high-fiver. That really gets to people around me when we have a No. 1 or something big happen. I'm not a big, 'Let's go have a party about it!'
Gary Allan
I really like the old stuff that I cut my musical teeth on, and I loved it when the industry was just like that, without really a genre. Today, country radio's more aimed at a demographic than a genre. It just softens everything.
Gary Allan
Country was about character. Country's changed because of monsters like Clear Channel who bought up all the stations and sliced them up into formats. Our demographic is now the soccer mom.
Gary Allan
To me, country music's about life. It's about Monday through Friday. It's the blue-collar, 40-hour week, songs about life. It used to have more of a sound, but I think the heart of that's still the same. It's still American music.
Gary Allan