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Gary Allan finds country comfort in new album, single

of the Oakland Press

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Gary Allan is pleased enough with his eighth studio album, “Get Off on the Pain.”

It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard country charts and has launched a pair of Top 20 hits, “Today” and the title track, with a third, “Kiss Me When I’m Down,” currently making an ascent. But most importantly, Allan says, “I like it.”

“A lot of times when you start to play an album live, it doesn’t work no matter how much you liked it in the studio,” explains the California-born singer who also writes much of his own material. “But I think this album stacks in with everything perfectly. It has the flavors of my old albums but I feel like we were able to push it and try things we hadn’t tried before.

“I think just more proud of it is what I’ve gotten. It holds up.”

Meanwhile, he’s hoping that “Kiss Me When I’m Down” maintains that feeling, even if it came from a trio of other writers.

“I love every word of that song,” Allan, 42, says. “I think that when everybody breaks up they want to go back to their comfort zone for a minute and just have one more night — a booty call is basically what it is.

“But I just felt it was a huge song when I heard it. The demo I heard was actually a girl singing, and I’m amazed it didn’t get her a record contract. It was like a pop hit; I felt like I’d heard it before, and I was just excited I found the song.”

Gary Allan, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $57.60 and $41.50, with a $108 four-pack. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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