Gary Allan, an optimist?

July 12th, 2013 at 10:51 am

Gary Allan

Gary Allan

He was once labeled “a master of misery.”

But Gary Allan has a little brighter outlook on life now, and he knows it. It’s reflected on his newest album, “Set You Free,” which came out earlier this year. That album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and contains the No. 1 country hit “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” his first chart topper in nearly 10 years.

Allan brings the same band that recorded those songs with him on tour, and a stop in Fayetteville tonight (July 12) will show off many of the new tunes.

The California-born, Nashville, Tenn.-based musician chatted with me recently about the reasons for his brighter outlook, his new co-writers and how, despite 10 years away from the top of the country charts, he felt his music remained top notch.

You can read my story about Allan today in What’s Up! or you can read it online [Note: Subscriber content].

Tickets to tonight’s event at the AMP with special guests Backroad Anthem are $31.50 to $102. Get tickets by calling 443-5600 or via the Walton Art Center’s box office.