Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, Tyler Dickerson | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, Tyler Dickerson Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. 2010

For most of his career Bakersfield native Gary Allan has juggled roles as a mainstream country star and a Nashville outsider—usually on the same record. His latest effort, Get Off on the Pain (MCA), follows suit, opening with radio-ready rockers and then breaking into impressively crafted songs with a more old-school feel. As implied by the album title, his themes are heartbreak and the hard life on the road, and Allan dispenses masochistic machismo like a vending machine. On the mawkish "Today" he suffers through the wedding of his ex, while "That Ain't Gonna Fly" finds him declaring "I'm gonna show her" from the bottom of a whiskey bottle. His raspy tenor saves him from his own worst excesses; it also elevates his best material, such as the atmospheric, Roy Orbison-influenced "We Fly by Night" and the honky-tonk ballad "No Regrets," in which he reckons with his wife's suicide of four years ago. —Peter Margasak

Price: $28.50-$73.75

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