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Gary Allan Recalls Pivotal ‘Smoke Rings in the Dark,’ Says He’s Cutting New ‘Throwback’ Music

Gary Allan Recalls Pivotal ‘Smoke Rings in the Dark,’ Says He’s Cutting New ‘Throwback’ Music

Country music had a particularly important and diverse year in 1999. The Dixie Chicks released the country-rock of Fly, Faith Hill put out the polished Breathe, and George Jones reclaimed his legend status with Cold Hard Truth. Gary Allan touched on all of those elements on Smoke Rings in the Dark, a consequential record in the California country singer’s career that helped transform traditional country into something contemporary and approachable with well-produced songs like “Right Where I Need to Be,” the title track, and “Don’t Tell Mama.” “It sounded so modern,

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