Gary Allan Talks Music, His Jewelry Line, & Upcoming Show at Cabarrus Arena
Nov 01, 2018 02:52PM
By Melanie Heisinger
PHOTO CREDIT: ERIC ADKINS
Multi-platinum selling Country star Gary Allan is headlining at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord on Thursday, November 1. He took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Have you always had a passion for music?
I grew up in Southern California and my Dad was always playing traditional country music in our house. We had a band, the Herzbergs, that played all around Orange County. It was my Dad, my brother and me. My Dad also had instruments and amps set up in our living room. He felt if we could see the instruments sitting out, we’d play and practice more. He was right and we played each day. I never remember a time without music in my life. I knew at an early age that music is what I wanted to do.
We are so excited to have you coming to Cabarrus County! How has the community response been?
We have a lot of fans in the Carolinas and we always enjoy playing there as often as we can.
In your 20-year career, what's been one of your most memorable experiences?
I have had a lot of great memories throughout my career, but one of the highlights would be meeting and getting to do shows with some of my heroes. I’ve always heard you never want to meet your heroes as they may not live up to the idea you have in your head of who they are, but thankfully that was not the case with me. I grew up listening to and playing songs by artist such as Buck Owens, Merle Haggardand Willie Nelson and working with them and getting to know them has been everything I ever thought it would be.
What's something we might not know about you, but should?
In addition to music, I have my own jewelry line. I design, carve, cast and set stones on various types of metals. We sell some items on my website and at the live shows and we also do custom pieces. It is just another creative outlet for me, and I enjoy doing it. Two of my daughters have gone to jewelry school as well, and now it is a family business.
Do you have advice for anyone interested in pursuing music as a career?
If you have a dream, don’t give up on it. Get out and play live as often as you can. If you write, write as often as you can and collaborate with people outside of your comfort zone. You never know when you will be at the right place at the right time with the right people.