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Gary Allan plays to sell-out crowd Friday at Penn's Peak

  • Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Gary Allan performs before a capacity crowd at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Friday night.
    Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Gary Allan performs before a capacity crowd at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Friday night.
Published May 09. 2011 05:00PM

Gary Allan's secret to success is just being himself. Nothing fancy. Very little chit-chat.

The country singing maverick was at Penn's Peak Friday night and attracted a sell-out crowd.

He delivered a 22-song set that kept the audience captive for well over an hour-and-a-half.

There was a light moment late in the show when his English sheepdog sprinted from behind the curtain to his side. After Allan petted him, the well-mannered dog turned around, climbed a set of stairs to a small balcony, and then laid down as if to listen to the remainder of the concert.

While virtually every movement on stage and every song he sang brought endorsing applause from the large crowd, there were a few songs which proved to be favorites.

One was "No Regrets" from his "Get Off On The Pain" album. The touching lyrics are in reference his late wife, Angela, who died unexpectedly in 2004, and the sadness he endured since her passing.

The lyrics state: "From the day we met, to the night she left. I loved her, no regrets."

Many of the mostly female audience members could be seen wiping eyes during the tear-jerker.

Another highlight was him singing his 2007 hit, the ballad "Watching Airplanes," which had many singing along with him. The song is from his 2007 album "Living Hard."

Of course, a song many came to hear was his 2004 chart-topper, "Nothing On But the Radio," a salacious number from his "See If I Care" LP.

Allan wore a plain, dark tee shirt and blue jeans. The most colorful thing about him were the large tattoos on his arms.

He was backed by a seven-piece band, among them a guitarist who wore a Scottish kilt and who was introduced as a co-writer to many of his songs.

A large screen in the background played videos for his songs.

Allan, during the concert, led the capacity crowd on a trip through his entire 15 years of hits, from his fist top 10 song "Her Man" in 1996 to "Get Off the Pain," the title cut of his most recent album which hit the top 20 last year.

Other hits he sang included "Man to Man," "Songs About Rain," "Kiss Me When I'm Down," and "Best I Ever Had."

His delivery of ballads, such as the touching "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" and "Smoke Rings In The Dark," demonstrate the amazing versatility of Allan.

At the conclusion of the show, Allan stayed on stage for several minutes and signed autographs for audience members, putting his name on everything from concert flyers to caps and tee shirts.

Another country singer, Easton Corbin, comes to Penn's Peak on June 2 with special guest Joanna Smith. Corbin had a big hit with the song "A Little More Country Than That."

Next up at the venue is the rock band Whitesnake on Sunday, May 15.

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