“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.
Dierks Bentley will join this season of NBC’s The Voice as a battle advisor for Blake Shelton‘s team. He’ll be joined by Jason Aldean advising Kelly Clarkson’s team, as well as Camila Cabello (John Legend’s team) and Kristen Chenoweth (Ariana Grande). Season 21 of The Voice will premiere Monday, September 21st on NBC.
Shania Twain is scheduled to appear on ABC’s Live With Kelly and Ryan on Thursday (August 19th) to chat about her new Las Vegas residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
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Multi-platinum-selling country music renegade Gary Allan, whose acclaimed new studio album RUTHLESS (EMI NASHVILLE) is now his career ninth Top Ten album, is also known for his rollicking high energy performances, and fans who have missed seeing him live will now have access to an exclusive concert stream!
Allan treated fans in Nashville to an exclusive album release concert on June 25th at thenewly opened Fifth + Broadway complex. For anyone who was unable to attend the sold-out concert-Allan’s first show in Nashville in eight years-they can tune into “Gary Allan: RUTHLESS – Live From Nashville,” a free concert stream on Gary Allan’s YouTube and Facebook pages to relive the special event on Friday, July 23 at 7pmCT. To view details click here: https://umgn.us/RuthlessLiveFromNashvillePR
RUTHLESS, one of Allan’s most commanding albums to date, features exceptional songwriting, and superb instrumentation, and Allan’s unique gift for storytelling, wrapped in his passion for 80s and 90s musical influences. For the album, Allan teamed up with veteran producers Mark Wright, Tony Brown, Greg Droman and Jay Joyce, and also collaborated with some of Nashville’s top songwriters including Hillary Lindsey, the late Busbee, Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon, Ross Ellis, Ryan Hurd, Jim Beavers, Blair Daly, The Warren Brothers and more. Fans can listen to the new album here: https://strm.to/GaryAllanRuthless
With the allure of a modern-day outlaw, Gary Allan has won over fans, peers and critics over his 25-year career with his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. While becoming a force on the country music scene, Allan has remained true to his artistic voice each step of the way.