Gary Allan was the headlining concert at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo this year, where he was set to entertain crowds on Aug. 3. Allan has released five No. 1 country music hits, including “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain,” and has sold more than 8 million albums throughout his career since his debut in 1996.
Allan spoke to Colorado Community Media about his show in Castle Rock, his inspiration and what’s to come with his next music launch.
Is this your first time performing in Castle Rock? What are you most looking forward to about performing here?
Colorado is beautiful and I love playing in this area. I don’t think we have played in Castle Rock specifically, but we have played the Denver area several times over the years. We even shot the “Watching Airplanes” video in the Denver area.
What can people expect when seeing you in concert? What is the experience like?
Our shows are an energetic, rowdy party. I like the audience on their feet and singing along. I went to a show a few years ago and the artist played for two hours and never played his hits. It made me stop and think about our set list and how I did not want the fans walking away feeling like that. We now do the hits, a few fan favorite album cuts and a few news songs. Hopefully, the fans leave excited and still wanting more.
What is your inspiration behind your music and why are you passionate about performing?
I grew up listening to traditional country music – Merle, Buck, Johnny, Waylon, Willie, etc. We had music playing in the house all the time and also had instruments and amps sitting out in our living room. My dad thought if they were out where we could see them, we would play them. He was correct and I played every day. When I was a teenager, my dad, brother and I had a band, The Herzbergs, and we played around Southern California. I knew early on that music is what I wanted to do for a living. Being onstage is my passion and I make music so that I can play it live. I can’t imagine not doing that.
When will you release new music? What can people expect from the next album that may differ from your past work?
I’ve been working on new music for a while now and hope to have something new out soon. Every album I make represents where I am in life at that time, so this one will reflect the same. I’m in a really good place and I think the music will represent that.
What do you enjoy specifically about performing at county fairs? Why are you looking forward to the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo?
County fairs are the heart of America. People come out for the rides, the fair food, the games and then end the night at the show. You typically have a great audience at the fairs and that makes it fun to play them.
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