This country singer got his start when he moved to Nashville at 19 years old, according to his website. He attended college while performing at local venues across the city, which helped him become a reoccurring name in the music scene.
It was during his first year at college where he went to prison; not for any crime but to perform! His website states that one of Gallaher’s friends worked for a state correctional facility and asked if Gallaher could perform for the inmates.
“While entering a prison in any way had never crossed Gallaher’s mind, the idea sounded very Johnny Cash, so he was in,” Gallaher’s website states. “The then-19-year-old Gallaher brought his acoustic guitar, a couple of speakers and played the gymnasium to 250 convicted felons staring back at him from the bleachers.”
After this performance, a wave of applauses enveloped him and he received many “thank you” letters. The outcome was so overwhelming for Gallaher that he’s performed at this prison every year since.
Gallaher is a songwriter and singer, but the guitar holds a special place in his heart. Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Lynyrd Skynyrd are just a few superstars who influence Gallaher’s guitar prowess.
“My guitar is an extension of who I am as an artist, a hundred percent. When I write, I try to marry the lyric, melody and the guitar. I love making them all into one,” Gallaher said on his website.
For now, Gallaher is busy in the studio with powerhouse producers in the country music scene. His sing-writing ability and intensity has led American Songwriter to say “If there’s one word that has always been synonymous with country music, that word is authentic, and it doesn’t get more authentic than Gallaher.”
As we prepare for Gallaher‘s future shows, let’s listen to a few of his iconic songs that made us fall in love with his writing and guitar playing.