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Country legend excited to come to Deniliquin

American country great Gary Allan has been confirmed for the 2014 Deniliquin Ute Muster.

ZOE MCMAUGH June 3, 2014 2:50am

It’s been a few years since Gary Allan has been to Australia, and the American country music star says he’s looking forward to exploring Deniliquin and all it has to offer.

The southern California-born singer is a headline act for this year’s Deniliquin Ute Muster.

Admitting to only knowing ‘‘a little’’ about the muster, after speaking with the Pastoral Times yesterday he says he now hopes to find out more when he’s here.

‘‘I’ll spend 10 or 11 days in Australia and aside from the Deniliquin Ute Muster I’ll play at the Country Music Channel Rocks North Queensland event.

‘‘I want to stick my nose into everything.

‘‘I tend to arrived just before the show but I do like to stick around for a couple of days.

‘‘The last time I was in Australia I played at the Gympie Ute Muster and the CMC Rocks the Snowy event.

‘‘I know that Deniliquin is some kind of round up event, but I don’t know too much more about it.’’

As for what Allan will bring to Deniliquin, he says there’ll be a mix of music from throughout his career.

‘‘I’ve had my band forever and we are always looking forward to playing at new places.

‘‘We’re going to bring all the bells and whistles.

‘‘We’ll try to hit every album – we have 10 in America – but the main focus will be on the new album.

‘‘We’ve had different hits in Australia than what we’ve had in America, so there’ll be something a little different for our fans.’’

Drawing on inspiration from country music from a young age, Allan says he idolises some of Australia’s iconic country artists.

‘‘I really dig Keith Urban and I run into him once in a while.

‘‘I also really admire Slim Dusty. When I was last in Australia he signed my main guitar. It was made by an Australian too, Allan Tomkins, and it now hangs on my wall.

‘‘There was a lot of country roots in southern California, so it was quite easy to discover country music.

‘‘Merle Haggard has been a particular favourite and is still one of my favourite songwriters.

‘‘I’ve been playing music professionally since I was about 12, when I was performing three or four nights a week in bars with my dad.’’

For more information about Gary Allan, go to www.garyallan.com.

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