Smoke Rings in the Dark

Smoke Rings in the Dark

by Gary AllanGary Allan


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Imagine Chris Isaak gone country, with the twanging guitars and moody ambiance intact, and you get close to where Gary Allan's coming from on his third album, SMOKE RINGS IN THE DARK. That's not a criticism -- Allan's songs aren't by the usual Nashville tunesmiths, and his sound isn't the typical commercial mainstream; rather, he stakes out a turf that embraces hard country, with traces of contemporary country production flourishes cropping up here and there. Allan's subject matter is the man alone -- loving, losing, and persevering against the elements as he tries to make an honest stand. "Smoke Rings In the Dark" is an acutely well-observed account of a man going gently into that good night at the end of an ill-fated affair. "Don't Tell Mama" might be a broadside aimed at drunk drivers, but it's also a classic country song of whiskey, mama, and steel guitar. Kevin Welch's bittersweet recollection of doomed affair, "Cryin' For Nothin'," gets a steely edge thanks to the fire in Allan's expressive baritone. In a real acid test, Allan transforms Del Shannon's "Runaway" into a barn burner with a honky-tonk edge. Allan sounds a little bit like Tim McGraw, a little bit like Clint Black, and a whole lot like an artist who's in it for the long haul.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/1999
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817010120
catalogNumber: 170101
Rank: 47071

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Allan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Marilyn Martin   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
David Campbell   Conductor
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Randy Hardison   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Bergen White   Background Vocals
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Christy Cornelius   Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Wynn Varble   Background Vocals
Brice Long   Background Vocals
Jake Kelly   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Tony Brown   Producer
Robert Charles   Engineer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Nashville String Machine   Contributor
Mark Wright   Producer
Byron Hill   Contributor

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