Gary Allan Old Acoustic Songs

Thanks for stopping by my Gary Allan old acoustic songs page where you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format. 

I'm also using Gary Allan album covers below so you know which album is associated with each song.


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Don't Tell Mama | Her Man
I'll Take Today | Life Ain't Always Beautiful
Nothing On But The Radio | Smoke Rings In The Dark
Tough Little Boys | Watching Airplanes

Gary Allan Old Acoustic Songs
Covers, Lyrics, Chords, Tutorials

1. Don't Tell Mama

This song wasn't written by Gary Allan but it's a track on his "Smoke Rings In The Dark" album released back in 1999.

Other artists have recorded the song prior to Garry Allan including Ty Hearndon in 1996, and after Allan release Doug Stone covered the song in 2007 as did Frankie Ballard in 2014.

This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A7, G, D7
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2. Her Man

This song was the first Gary Allan single back in 1996 to hit the airwaves and peaked at #7 in the US and #9 in Canada.

You can find the track from his debut album "Used Heart For Sale".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A, E7, Gmaj7, Bm
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3. I'll Take Today

In 1998 Allan released his album "It Would Be You" which had 3 singles released, with this song being one of them.

The song reached #47 on the US Country chart.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A, Em, G, Bm
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4. Life Ain't Always Beautiful

This number hails from the 2006 album "Tough All Over".

This song peaked at #4 in the US while the other single, "Best I Ever Had" reached #7.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = use some arpeggio in the beginning ...  root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = some riffs
  • Chords = D, A, Em, G, E/Gb, D/Gb
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5. Nothing On But The Radio

From the 2003 album "See If I Care" Allan scored another #1 hit song with this release and reaching #6 in Canada. After this #1, Allan had a dry spell until 2013 when he hit #1 again with "Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain".

Gary Allan did not write this song. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, D, B7, E, A7, Bm, Gbm
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6. Smoke Rings In The Dark

This song hails from the 1999 album of the same name and was the only single released from the album.

The song peaked at #12 in the US and #5 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes a melody line
  • Chords = C, Am, Dm, F, G, A#, Em
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7. Tough Little Boys

Tough Little Boys was a #1 hit for Gary Allan in 2003 and can be found on his "See If I Care" album.

There was a music video produced to accompany the songs promotion.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, D, A/Db, Bm, Bm/A, Em, A7, Dmaj7, D7, Gm, A7sus
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8. Gary Allan Watching Airplanes

In 2007 Allan released his "Living Hard" album and this track as a single. It peaked at #2 in the US and #11 in Canada. Allan wife, who was a flight attendant, had committed suicide before this time and writers Jim Beaver and Jonathan Singleton wrote this song in her memory. The song also picked up a nomination for Single Of The Year at the 43rd ACMA's.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, G, C/G, Bm, C, Em, A7, F
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Thanks for stopping by my Gary Allan old acoustic songs page for the acoustic guitar and I hope you found the info here useful in learning some of Gary Allan greatest hits songs on guitar. 

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