First things first: If you’re among the ever-growing segment of the population that believes real country music died with Merle Haggard two and a half years ago, you are hereby ordered to take the Tahoe Onstage Gary Allan Challenge.

The challenge goes like this:

  1. Find a copy of Gary Allan’s fifth album, 1999’s “See If I Care.”
  2. Select the eighth track, a non-single called “Guys Like Me.”
  3. If your speakers only go to 10, turn it up to 11.

And by the time Allan gets to the line that goes “All that’s left in Bakersfield is a jukebox and it’s haunted by old songs and memories,” if you don’t feel the ghost of Buck Owens kicking your spine with a red, white and blue boot, you never had a country soul to begin with.

And if that doesn’t work, try watching him sing the song in concert. Read More at