Personnel: Steve Nathan (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Michael Rhodes (bass instrument); Jerry Flowers (background vocals); John Willis (acoustic guitar); Kenny Greenberg, Brent Rowan (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Chad Cromwell (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Wes Hightower, Perry Coleman (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Greg Droman.
Recording information: Blackbird, Nashville, TN; East Iris, Nashville, TN; House Of Gain, Nashville, TN; Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN.
As a Californian, country traditionalist Gary Allan came by his Merle Haggard/Buck Owens-inspired sound naturally. From his 1996 debut on, he never dropped his twang or his honky-tonk groove, regardless of changing fashions. GREATEST HITS chronicles a decade of Allan's honest, sometimes emotionally intense country music. Over the years, he ranged from purposefully retro tracks somewhat akin to Dwight Yoakam's early material, to rougher-edged tunes whose gravitas was hard-earned in the wake of personal trauma. For the faithful, a couple of previously unreleased songs are included here, which hint at an expanded sonic palette for this reliably roots-conscious country star.