“I don’t feel like I make music for a genre anymore, and I did, you know, 15 years ago.
But I think since the Clear Channel’s and the Cumulus’s and the big companies bought up all the chains, now it’s about a demographic.
You know, so they’ve kind of sliced everything up, feeding it to the public in demographics.”You used to be able to turn on the radio and you knew instantly it was the country station just by listening to it, and now you’ve got to leave it there for a second to figure it out…to me, country music is still Monday through Friday, and pop’s about what happens on the weekends.” Well Gary Allan just released a weekend song if there ever was one.
This is why Sam Hunt has been so damaging to country music.
Seven more of his singles have reached the Top 10 on this chart as well: "Her Man", "It Would Be You", "Right Where I Need to Be", "The One", "Best I Ever Had" (a cover of a song by Vertical Horizon), "Life Ain't Always Beautiful", and "Watching Airplanes".
To ensure that the family would focus on music, Allan's mother insisted that the family's guitars would always remain visible in the home.
His parents wanted him to finish his education and his father felt that Allan had yet to develop his own distinctive style.
Despite his commitment to finishing school, Allan reflects that he was rarely alert in class.
The moves would have required him to stop playing some of the older country music, such as covers of George Jones songs, so Allan refused.Allan was introduced to songwriter/producer Byron Hill on August 28, 1993 by a mutual friend and talent-scout Jim Seal, at a bar called the Lion D'or in Downey, California, where Allan was already regularly performing.Seal and Hill had asked Allan if they could showcase an unsigned act that they were developing there. Signed to Decca Records in 1996, Allan made his country music debut with the release of his single "Her Man", the lead-off to his gold-certified debut album Used Heart for Sale, which was released in 1996 on Decca.His second album, It Would Be You, followed in 1998.From his nine albums, Allan has produced 26 hits on the Billboard Hot Country charts, including four No. In total, Allan has sold more than seven million albums with gold and platinum records to his credit.