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Gary Allan's ``Smoke Rings in the Dark'' Certified Gold.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 17, 2000

"Smoke Rings in the Dark," the latest release by MCA Nashville artist Gary Allan, has been certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units. The news on Allan's latest achievement was announced today by Bruce Hinton, chairman of the label.

Hinton commented, "Gary connects with his fans in a very special way, and I have no doubt we are seeing the foundation of a long-term career being developed."

Allan received the great news while in the recording studio. "I put my heart and soul into making `Smoke Rings,' so it is awesome to know that so many people put down their hard-earned dollars to share in my music. I'm completely overwhelmed," said Allan.

"Smoke Rings in the Dark" is Allan's third album and first with MCA Nashville. The album was co-produced by Mark Wright and Tony Brown (the duo's first production collaboration) and features 12 songs. The title cut reached the No. 12 spot on the Billboard Top Country Singles and Tracks chart, and "Right Where I Need to Be," just recently released, is currently No. 49 on the chart.

All the material on the album is a reflection of the experience he gained while honing his skills on the honky-tonk circuit of his native California. "It's real life," Allan said. "All great country songs are powerful ... they have a lot of soul, and I really feel this album reflects that. It's truly my most personal album to date."

Allan receives raves from both fans and music critics. The New York Times wrote, "Gary Allan is an exponent of the rawboned Bakersfield sound, part of a line that stretches back through Dwight Yoakam to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard ... he has a stylistic maturity and depth of feeling rarely heard coming off the Nashville assembly line."

Allan first signed with Decca Records in 1995 and released "Used Heart for Sale" and "It Would Be You," each of which generated top 10 hits. He is currently on tour in support of "Smoke Rings in the Dark" and will go to work on a new album later this year for release in 2001.
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