DIARY - 6 OCTOBER 2005 - GARY ALLAN
ALLAN HEADS TO SURF COAST
topping Californian born singing actor Gary Allan is heading to
Geelong on his third Australian tour with just three requests -
a surfboard, decent waves and airplay.
Allan's Sydney promoter Rob Potts of Allied Artists granted his
first two wishes by booking him into Geelong instead of Prahran
where he played in 2000.
There will be no shortage of surf shops and surfers willing to help
Allan out with the tools of conquering our waves.
Gary chanced his body with former World Masters Surfing Champion
Cheyne Horan at Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads, on his previous tour.
Allan, 37, wants to go surfing at Bells Beach while here for a Ford Theatre
concert at Geelong Performing Arts Centre on Saturday October 22.
unlikely to many breakers for the singer to surf on the Sabbath when he
heads east into coal country in Gippsland at Churchill.
"Last time I was in Victoria there wasn't a swell, I'm hoping this
time there will be," Allan revealed on the eve of a tour to promote
sixth album Tough All Over, released in Australia this week - ahead of
its U.S. launch.
"I grew up around Huntington Beach in southern California and surfing
was my main love - with music."
The thrice-wed father of three daughters moved to Nashville in 2003 and
keeps fit on a wake board in a nearby lake.
RADIO STATION BITES DUST
won't be able to sate the desire of Allan and peers for healthy airplay
Geelong's country music station HIT Country, nee Country FM, ceased broadcasting
at midnight on Thursday September 29.
The volunteer staffed broadcaster became the only 24-hour a day Victorian
country music station after it failed to win a community licence in the
Licences went to print handicapped and Christian aspirants so Country
FM chanced its voices on narrowcast frequencies.
It broadcast from different Geelong locales and enjoyed wider exposure
after it leased the 89.3 FM frequency from a Geelong family benefactor.
The station increased its reach into Melbourne's wild western and bayside
suburbs and higher altitude areas of the east such as Mt Waverley and
Hit Country streamlining its music format that once suffered from hokey
Australiana and sub standard recordings.
Breakfast announcer Dave Gibney and former 3UZ and 3GL DJ Gene Bradley
Fisk headed an enthusiastic team that was buoyed by recruitment of younger
announcers including fresh voiced females.
But sadly that wasn't enough to enable the station to renew its lease
on the frequency so listeners suffered static and dead air from Friday
This means Allan will rely on sporadic airplay from a diverse mix of community
DJS with shifts of two to four hours at the maximum.
The only good news is his new single The Best I Ever Had has won
healthy rotation on joint tour sponsor - PAY-TV channel CMC - and Nu Country
WYATT, STEVE EARLE AND ALLISON MOORER SPRING TOURS
Country's demise is also bad tidings for promoters of the spring
and summer tour by Arizona country singer Billy Wyatt.
Wyatt hails from Apache Junction - a locale made famous by singing
actor Billy Bob Thornton in the hilarious seasonal movie Bad Santa.
Hopefully, Nu Country TV will have a new producer-director to replace
the recently retired Peter Hosking by then so Billy can host a few
episodes of Series #5 over the summer.
Billy's high profile peers - Virginian born Texan troubadour Steve
Earle and seventh wife Allison Moorer - are also touring here in
were wed last month at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville and will have
a working honeymoon that includes The Prince Of Wales in St Kilda.
Earle, 51, making his sixth Australian tour, shouldn't have any Immigration
problems - his weapon of mass distraction is a finely honed catalogue
of social comment tunes.
Moorer, 33, is the former singing spouse of songwriter Doyle "Butch"
Primm whom she wed in 1995.
She is making her debut Australian tour to promote her fifth album The
Duel (Sugar Hill-Shock) that boasted her anti-war tune All Aboard.
"It's about blind patriotism and wrapping yourself up in the flag
for your own gain," Moorer told Nu Country on its release when she
was still betrothed to Primm.
"My husband and I aren't big fans of people who do that and reaction
to band wagon jumping, people doing it because it's popular."
So is the song even more relevant with blind patriotism blamed for torture
allegations in Iraq?
"We don't know the full story but my husband was in the military,"
Moorer revealed, "he said you are not forced to do something that
is not right. It's really a horrible thing and I'm ashamed it has happened
and the shifting of blame. I'm very angry and sad when I read about that
- the war has been going on for a year and it seems to be getting worse
We will have more details on that tour when it's officially announced
in the fullness of time.
ALLAN HEADS UP NORTH
headlined Gympie Muster and Tamworth on previous tours and topped
U.S. charts with songs diverse as Smoke Rings In The Dark, Nothing
But The Radio On, Tough Little Boys, Man To Man, Songs About Rain
and The Best I Ever Had.
The singer has several shows booked in Queensland where his profile
is higher from regular airplay on community stations with a 24-hour
country format and powerful signals.
They include 4AAA-FM, Brisbane, and automated Tweed Heads station
on 101.3 FM that reaches north, south and west of the Tweed River
and maybe out to sea to illegal and legal fisher folk.
A highlight will be his gig at Lee Kernaghan's Great Western Hotel
in Rockhampton on October 28.
boasts a live bull-riding ring for those who like to be high in the saddle
while listening to their favourite artists.
On October 29 he plays Toowoomba - a city with the luxury of four country
And on October 30 he returns to the scene of the rhyme and wave at Tweed
Heads Twin Towns club.
CLICK HERE for full tour details
in Tonk Girl's comprehensive Gig Guide.
Allan graduated from performing to acting with ease when he played the
lead role of late rock singer Eddie Cochran in TV mini-series Shake,
Rattle & Roll.
Cochran died at 21 in a car crash on April 17, 1960, after a short but
fiery career that produced smash hits Summertime Blues, Come On Everybody
and Something Else.
Ironically the singer, whose passenger and fellow rock star Gene Vincent
survived the crash, was touring to promote his new single Three Steps
Allan's research for the role was helped by a local connection.
"A school friend of mine's mom dated Eddie so I knew a lot about
him from that and the photo albums he brought to school with him,"
That role landed Allan another part in another CBS TV series Pensacola
- Wings Of Gold and The Bucket.
"I got to play myself so not much acting was needed," Allan
"We filmed at a bar in San Diego which was made to look like a bar
Like many peers Allan found the transition from singing to acting a time
consuming test of his patience and nerves.
"It was so tedious being there on the set from Sunday to Friday,"
"I was going nuts. I'd be a heroin addict if I had to spend nine
months in trailers. The series was screened over two nights."
TONKS AT 13
Allan first worked honky tonks at 13 it was more than a decade later
when he was finally lured to Nashville.
"The owner didn't want me to play because I was so young,"
Gary recalled of his first gig.
"He put me up on stage and plugged my guitar in. I sat and played
for him for about three hours. I started playing with the band there
It was at the age of 15, at junior high school, that Allan wrote his
first tune Teenage Crush - one of many songs spawned by his oft broken
"There was a girl I liked in school," Allan recalled, "she
went away to camp for seven days.
came back she liked someone else. I was writing songs, taking just four
or five hours, from raw emotion. I barely went to school when I was in
school. I played the bars at night. I was half asleep when I got to school.
I thought sleep was what you did when you got to school."
Ruptured romances have long fuelled songs for Allan's whose six million
plus album sales have been a nice little earner.
When his marriage to Versace model Danette Day - his second wife - exploded
after seven months he harvested hay from the heartbreak for his Smoke
Rings In The Dark album that followed Used Heart For Sale.
"The price was heavy but I think we got a good record out of it,"
"Quite often an album is a reflection of what you are going through.
My marriage broke up.
In the middle of record I had a lot of personal stuff on the side."
Allan has overcome the mainstream commercial radio boycott of country
music in Australia by promoting his songs with video clips on Pay TV channel
CMC and Nu Country TV.
Allan and his band The Rhythm Wranglers, supported by Steve Forde &
The Flange, perform the Ford Theatre, Geelong, from 8 p m - Saturday October
Tickets - $59. Bookings - 03 52251200.
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