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“When I think ’country music,’ I think of a smoky bar with a glass of whiskey, and somebody playing heartbreak songs. That, to me, is what country music is.”

Gary Allan has stayed true to that sentiment since making his mark on the country music landscape nearly 25 years ago. Coming out of California rugged and edgy, Allan built his career with songs that draw on raw emotion and cutting lyrics about real life-and that has never been more true than on his 10th studio album Ruthless.
To arrive at this rocking, swinging, loud, subtle, funny, vulnerable and sizzling suite of thirteen songs, Allan allowed himself the freedom and space to select the very best of dozens of songs cut over the past eight years. The result is a stellar album which revisits and reimagines the ‘90s sensibilities that firmly placed Allan on the musical map. “This is a montage of everything I have done since my last album,” says Allan. “I remain influenced by the ‘80s and ‘90s, so you can hear some of that in there. It’s what I love.”

An accomplished songwriter and self-proclaimed “lyrics guy,” Allan is also humble enough to step back and “let the best song win.” This project is the largest batch of outside songs he’s ever released on an album and those winning songs come from a wide array of country music’s most impressive writers including Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Jim Beavers, busbee, Sarah Buxton, Rodney Clawson, Nicolle Galyon, Ryan Hurd, Matt Warren, Josh Kear, and the list goes on.

Allan weaves seamlessly between the deepest human emotions, whether that’s the enduring anguish in “Till It Felt Like You” or fleeting passion in “Trouble Knows Trouble.” He offers straight forward honesty in the gritty “Unfiltered” and he is the first to admit “there are quite a few lessons I had to learn from getting my teeth kicked in,” as the headstrong narrator in “The Hard Way.”

Because Ruthless is a collection of songs pulled from the past several years of creating, recording, playing live, writing, and recording again, Allan also pushed his boundaries using multiple producers. Reuniting with his Smoke Rings In The Dark team Mark Wright and Tony Brown for some, partnering with Greg Droman on others, and sharing the reins with Jay Joyce on another. For Allan, his reasoning is clear, “I want to hear left turns. I want to make sure it evolves and pulls something new out of them and pulls something new out of me.”

However, it’s Allan’s unwavering vision and distinct sound that bring Ruthless together into one cohesive, irresistible ride. From the “rocking and dramatic” opening track “Temptation” to the slowly galloping “Slide,” and from the Jesse Winchester ode “Little Glass of Wine” to the bluesy undertoned title track, “I like the songs that make you laugh, make you cry, or piss you off,” and Allan delivers on it all.

“I want my albums to take you on a full journey,” says the seasoned entertainer, and Gary Allan’s Ruthless does just that.
Put the needle in the groove and let it roll.

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NEWS AND NOTES: Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves, Gary Allan, Billy Currington

Darius Rucker is one happy man as the South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team beat UConn to win the championship! He posted on his socials a congratulatory note and added, “U have made this Gamecock extremely happy. I will not miss another one. Keep being great y’all in sports but more importantly in life!!”

 

 

Kacey Musgraves will introduce The Judds’ performance on this year’s CMT Music Awards and talk about the duo’s influence on her own career. Kacey is nominated for overall Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for “justified.” The 2022 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville beginning at 8pm ET/delayed PT on April 11th on CBS and streaming live and on demand on Parmount+.

Billy Bob’s, the world’s largest honkytonk in Fort Worth, Texas, recently announced their lineup for this year. Gary Allan will headline two nights – June 10th and 11th – while Billy Currington is set to headline June 24th.

GARY ALLAN IS ENGAGED!

Gary Allan proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Molly Martin, earlier this week. He popped the question at Nashville’s Cheekwood Estate and Gardens with a beautiful pear-shaped diamond engagement ring he designed. By the way, she said yes!

He posted photos of the joyous event on his socials. Check it out below.

 

 

CHRISTMAS 2021 LINERS

Here are some holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Caylee Hammack, Chrissy Metz,Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Hootie & The Blowfish, Jon Langston, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kassi Ashton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Kylie Morgan, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Terri Clark, Travis Denning and more!

 

 

Audio / LINER AJ (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)

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“Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Merry Christmas)

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“Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas)

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“Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas) 2

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“Hey, it’s Carrie Underwood. From our house to yours – Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Christmas) 1

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“Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack. Happy Holidays, everybody!”

Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! This is Chrissy Metz, wishing you Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

 

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Merry Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Hootie & The Blowfish (Christmas)

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“Hey Everybody, we’re Hootie & The Blowfish, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Christmas)

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Hey y’all this is Jon Langston, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, this is Jon Langston. Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Christmas)

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“Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)

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“Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)

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“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)

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“Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Kip Moore. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all, this is Kylie Morgan, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Christmas)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Christmas)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Christmas)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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“Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Christmas)

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“Hey, I’m Parker McCollum, and I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Priscilla Block (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Priscilla Block wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

 

Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Christmas)

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“Hey-Reba here-hoping you have a very Merry Christmas. Ho, Ho, Ho.”

 

Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey, this is Reba, wishing you a Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Taylor Swift (Happy Holiday Season)

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“Hey, this is Taylor Swift, wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Terri Clark (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Terri Clark, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! I’m Travis Denning. Happy Holidays.”

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