Novocastrian’s love affair with US based Gary Allan began fourteen years ago, when he made his first trip out to Australia, winning over local crowds with his whiskey-soaked voice, raw charisma and intense live performances, including a show where he confronted a power failure at a venue by playing acoustic to a rowdy crowd while perched on the edge of the stage, singing “songs that make you laugh and make you cry, and songs that piss you off.”
Multiple return trips have cemented his reputation as an artist whose down to earth rock’n’roll swagger makes him just as home here, as in his own US home, where his unique blend of hardcore Bakersfield country and Southern roots rock has captivated a diverse crowd for two decades.
“I had a following before I had a record contract that was made up of die-hard punks, bikers and ranch cowboy guys,” Allan recalls. “When I really decided I wanted to do this, it was during The Highwaymen tour – Cash, Kristofferson, Willie and Waylon. I was probably about 15; that’s when country became like rock’n’roll to me. It was nothing fancy they were doing, but it was hardcore.”
Newcastle fan will miss out on a local show when Garry tours in September, but for those of you who are heading to the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin you can catch a festival set. If you’re after the big show however a trip to Sydney may be on the cards for the Thursday 25 September show at the Enmore Theatre. Tickets available at ticketek.com.au