Gary Allen, drummer

Gary Allen, drummer


Gary Allen was the original drummer for the Charlie Daniels band -- he helped create Southern rock! He is also the drummer for JJ Cale. Gary has several other projects, including The Play It Again Jam in Nashville.


Born in Music City, Gary went from high school to touring the planet with The Charlie Daniels Band. FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN on Epic Records, was the band’s finest recorded moment, produced at Capricorn Records in Macon, Georgia by invitation from The Allman Brothers Band & crew. The singles, The South’s Going To Do It and Long Haired Country Boy were two of the popular tunes from that CD, heard on playlists daily around the globe. The Volunteer Jam became the benchmark for all star jams and is also available on DVD/CD.

Gary left the CDB, starting an all original Rock n’ Roll band called Push, later to be called The Jets, and in a later incarnation, Revolver. With an RCA EP under their belts, they moved to the West Coast and signed with Far Out Management in Hollywood. Nick Rather, the bass man, also played with JJ Cale, (Cocaine, After Midnight, Call Me The Breeze) Soon, Gary was touring with Cale and recorded the CD SHADES on Mercury Records and GRASSHOPPER on MCA. He was part of Cale’s first live track ever released on a studio CD, Wish I Had Me A Dollar. The latest Cale CD he appears on is STRUMMING ON THE PORCH and the JJ CALE THE ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY.

Gary’s soundtrack work includes 2005 remakes of The Bad News Bears & The Dukes Of Hazard. The Coyote Ugly bar franchise features music from The CDB in all their dance routines, and is featured bumper music on Coast To Coast AM, the biggest late night radio talk show in history. Their version of The Orange Blossom Special is used internationally to teach western swing dance.

One of Gary’s recent collaborations is The Abbey Road Project, playing the Beatles LP in its entirety for Fab Four fans. Another in house project spotlights Gary, guitarist CJ Dubuisson, Taz Digregorio from The CDB and Nick Rather, currently with Gary Lewis and The Playboys. They have cut 4 original tracks in their own studio. He also is the host of Nashville’s only rock and roll musicians shindig, the bi-weekly Play It Again Jam. The jam is sponsored by Pat Adams of Tennessee Concerts, Tennessee’s most viewed concert events site. This summer Gary headlined a memorial concert for George McCorkle of The MTB for Down South and Southern Fried Magazine, a popular new webzine, with his band The Outfit.

Performance Credits: Exit In, War Memorial Auditorium, Belcourt Theatre, The Opry House, Starwood Amphitheatre, 3rd & Lindsley-Nashville Tennessee. Sedalia Music Festival-Missouri. The Bottom Line, My Fathers Place, Central Park, Madison Square Garden-New York City. Winterland, Cow Palace-San Francisco. Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin City Limits-Austin Texas. Fox Theatre, Alex Cooleys- Atlanta. Boston Tea Party-Boston Mass. DAR Auditorium-Washington DC. LA Forum, Troubadour-Los Angeles, California. Austin City Limits and ABC’s In Concert.

Arena Tours: The Rolling Stones, Joe Walsh, Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult, Willie Dixon, The Outlaws, John Lee Hooker,
Roger McGuinn, Peter Frampton, Wet Willie, Eddie Money, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Ted Nugent,
Bob Seeger, REO Speedwagon, Kansas, John Hammond, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, War, Yes,
ZZ Top.


The Charlie Daniels Band/Fire On The Mountain
The Charlie Daniels Band/Whiskey
The Charlie Daniels Band/Traveling Band
The Charlie Daniels Band/Listen Up!
JJ Cale/Shades
JJ Cale/Grasshopper
JJ Cale/Super Millenium Series
The Charlie Daniels Band/A Decade of Hits
The Jets/Staus 980
The Marshall Tucker Band & The CDB/ Super Groups #1
The Charlie Daniels Band/The Ultimate Charlie Daniels Band
JJ Cale/Strumming on The Porch
The Charlie Daniels Band/The Roots Remain The Same
The Charlie Daniels Band/25 Years of Fiddle Fire
JJ Cale/ Any Way The Wind Blows
The Charlie Daniels Band/The Essential CDB

Set List

Working For MCA (B)
Tush (G)
Cocaine (A)
What’s Your Name (A)
The Souths Going To Do It (E)
Polk Salad Annie (E)
Make You Mine (G)
Amos Moses (A7)
Simple Man (Am)
Southern Man (D)
Burning Sky (G)
La Grange (A)
Hurts So Good (A)
Green River (E)
Long Train Running (F)
Blue on Black (D)
Cuts Like A Knife (D)
Just Got Paid (E)
Train Train (E)
The Boys Are Back (A)
Tennessee (D)
Just a Boy (G)
Can’t Get Enough (C)
Sweet Home Alabama (D)
Can’t You See (D)
Play That Funky Music (E)
Jailbreak (F#)
That Smell (A)
Walk This Way (E)
Come Together (E)
Led Zeppelin Medley
Jimi Hendrix Medley
Abbey Road LP