Smoke Rings in the Dark

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Smoke Rings in the Dark
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1999
LabelMCA Nashville
ProducerMark Wright
Tony Brown
Byron Hill
Gary Allan chronology
It Would Be You
Smoke Rings in the Dark
Alright Guy
Singles from Smoke Rings in the Dark
  1. "Smoke Rings in the Dark"
    Released: August 9, 1999
  2. "Lovin' You Against My Will"
    Released: April 8, 2000
  3. "Right Where I Need to Be"
    Released: September 11, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]

Smoke Rings in the Dark is the third studio album by American country music singer Gary Allan. It was released on October 26, 1999 as his first album for MCA Records Nashville after leaving Decca Records Nashville. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA, and it produced three singles: the title track, "Lovin' You Against My Will", and "Right Where I Need to Be", which respectively reached number 12, number 34 and number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Right Where I Need to Be" was also Allan's first Top 5 country hit and his third Top 10.

"Don't Tell Mama" was previously recorded by Ty Herndon on his 1996 album Living in a Moment, and later by Doug Stone on his 2007 album My Turn. In addition, "Runaway" is a cover of a Del Shannon song. Allan's rendition also charted at number 74 on the country charts in 2000 based on unsolicited airplay.

Track listing[edit]

1."Smoke Rings in the Dark"Rivers Rutherford, Houston Robert4:18
2."Right Where I Need to Be"Casey Beathard, Kendell Marvel3:02
3."Don't Tell Mama"Buddy Brock, Kim Williams, Jerry Laseter3:56
4."Lovin' You Against My Will"Jamie O'Hara3:59
5."Sorry"Shawn Camp, Brice Long, Wynn Varble3:06
6."Cryin' for Nothin'"Kevin Welch4:17
7."Bourbon Borderline"John Wiggins, Harley Allen, Jennifer Bibeau2:47
8."Runaway"Del Shannon, Max Crook2:45
9."Learning to Live with Me"Gary Burr, Allen2:35
10."Cowboy Blues"George McCorkle, Mike Geiger, Mike Huffman2:57
11."I'm the One"Gary Allan, Odie Blackmon, O'Hara3:17
12."Greenfields"Camp, Frank Dycus3:11
Total length:40:10

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 9
U.S. Billboard 200 84
Canadian RPM Country Albums 13


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
1999 "Smoke Rings in the Dark" 12 76 5
2000 "Lovin' You Against My Will" 34 30
"Right Where I Need to Be" 5 42 *
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[3] Platinum



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Smoke Rings in the Dark review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Nash, Alanna (November 5, 1999). "Smoke Rings in the Dark review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Gary Allan – Smoke Rings in the Dark". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.