IF YOU GO
• What: Gary Allan concert
• When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth
• Cost: $20 to $30
• For more information: Visit wildbillsatlanta.com
DULUTH -- Country singer Gary Allan waits in a Dallas airport for his flight out to Los Angeles.
"I'm going to be on Jay Leno's show," he said over the phone.
And he's pretty excited because on Tuesday, his latest album "Set You Free" hit the shelves. Now he's bouncing all over the country to promote his endeavor.
On Saturday, Allan is stopping by Wild Bill's for one of many CD release parties across the nation.
Why the Duluth venue?
"Because it's a great bar," he said with a laugh. "I think we're trying to hit all of our favorite places this week. Wild Bill's is a great place to party."
Allan's album "Set You Free" is the first recorded album since the singer needed a polyp removed from this vocal cords. He wrote it after surgery, recovery and getting back into the studio.
"It's all about healing," Allan said. "It's all about the evolution of getting better."
The first radio single "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" is his favorite off of the album.
"It's a great story about hope," he said. "Just listen to the lyrics."
Allan is optimistic that his fans will enjoy "Set You Free," because it came from his personal experiences.
"I'm sure they're going to love it," he said. "I think this one is my favorite. This one is more personal (than albums before)."
For you hard core fans circa 1995, Allan plans to get down to some of his classic hits, like "Tough Little Boys," "Nothing on but the Radio" and "Man to Man."
"We're going to bust out as many new songs as we can," Allan said. "But I usually try to play three or four songs off of all the albums. It really bothers me when I go to a concert and the artist doesn't play the classics. I try to get as many in as I can and about four songs from the new album."
The concert is for adults, 18 years and older.