Watch Gary Allan Perform Heartfelt “Best I Ever Had” From Country Music Hall of Fame Show

Watch Gary Allan Perform Heartfelt “Best I Ever Had” From Country Music Hall of Fame Show

Gary Allan and a few of his songwriting buddies—including Jonathan Singleton, Jamie Hanna and Matt Warren—put on an intimate performance at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame today (June 8).

Playing more than a dozen songs that span his 20-year career, Gary shared the stories behind many of his favorite tunes and performed them with his songwriting cohorts, including  “Watching Airplanes” with Jonathan, “She’s So California” with Jamie and “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” with Matt.

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The most touching moment came when Gary sang “Best I Ever Had,” which he didn’t write (it’s a Vertical Horizon cover written by Matt Scannell), but he commented that the song gave new meaning to him after his wife’s passing in 2004.

Check out a video of the performance below.

 

photos and video by Jim Casey

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell