Gary Allan to headline fair concert

The singer has had a trio of No. 1 hits, including 'Tough Little Boys.'

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WALLA WALLA -- Recording artist Gary Allan will be this year's headliner for the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days concert.

Allan will perform on Sept. 1 at the county fairgrounds. The show's opening act is still in the contract stages and will be announced later, said Cory Hewitt, fair general manager.

According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, Allan made his debut on the national country music scene in 1996 with the release of the single "Her Man." The song was the leadoff tune to his first album "Used Heart for Sale," which went gold after being released on the Decca Records label. It was followed in 1998 by a second album, "It Would Be You," also on the Decca label.

After signing with MCA Nashville, Allan has recorded a string of hit albums including "Smoke Rings in the Dark," "Alright Guy" and "See if I Care," all of which were certified platinum, as well as "Tough All Over" and, in 2007, a greatest hits compilation, both of which were certified gold.

Overall his seven studio albums and greatest hits package have produced 22 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three that reached No. 1, "Man to Man" and "Tough Little Boys" in 2003 and "Nothing On but the Radio" in 2004. Allan's latest album, "Get Off on the Pain," is scheduled for release this month.

A native of La Mirada, Calif., Allan began his music career in 1980 at age 13 playing in clubs with his father, Harley. After finishing school, he continued to perform with his band, the Honky Tonk Wranglers, in smaller clubs and venues and in 1993 was introduced to songwriter and producer Byron Hill. That relationship eventually led to Allan's signing with Decca and the start of his recording career.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

Concert Tickets

Tickets to this year's concert will go on sale March 20 at the county fairgrounds main office. The ticket window will open at 7:30 a.m. and phone sales will start at 8 a.m. Tickets may be purchased in person or by phone afterwards from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily or on-line at www.wallawallafairgrounds.com.

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