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Headlining Act Relied on RapcoHorizon RoadHog Cables to Ensure Awesome Sound Under Adverse Conditions

NASHVILLE, JULY 13, 2012 ― The RapcoHorizon Company (Summer NAMM 2012, Booth 411), a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is proud to announce that its RoadHog Cables hit the road this spring with MCA Recording Artist Gary Allan as he headlined the Country Throwdown Tour. Chosen for their ability to perform under all adverse weather conditions and user abuses, including being yanked, knotted and rolled over, the RoadHog cables found a home at every stop on the two-month tour.rapcohorizon_gary-allan_country-throwdown.jpg

Designed for the working musician, the RoadHog cables are road ready and tour tough, employing the most rugged constructions without sacrificing sound quality. Performing everywhere from Maine to Mississippi, and as far west as South Dakota, Allan and his bandmates relied on the cables in all the hot, cold, rainy or dry/dusty conditions they experienced along the way.

“I was looking for the best sounding, most durable cables available,” says Troy Blaisdell, Allan's guitar and keyboard technician. “The RapcoHorizon Company RoadHog cables are consistently flawless. I have not had one fail on me yet. Superior materials and craftsmanship are what sets RapcoHorizon apart from the others.”

With durable and thick yet flexible PVC outer jackets and pure copper conductors and shields, the RoadHog cables provided an advanced sound and reliable operation for the band night after night.

“My goal is a flawless, great-sounding show with a happy artist; confident, sharp musicians and, most importantly, thrilled concert-goers,” continues Blaisdell. “There is no margin for error in a live concert setting. We use too many cables to have any doubt about structural integrity, signal-to-noise ratio and the like. The cables have to work perfectly, every time. In the past, if a problem occurred, the cables would be the first thing I suspected. With RapcoHorizon, I know that if there is a problem during the show, it's not a cable.”

Among those relying on the RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables during the Country Throwdown Tour were front man Gary Allan, who sings and plays electric and acoustic guitar; Tim Galloway on lead guitar and Matt Billinglsea on drums, as well as band leader and vocalist Brian Arsenault on bass. Also using the RapcoHorizon gear are pedal steel guitar player CJ Udeen; keyboardist/percussionist John Lancaster; guitarist/vocalist Jaime Hanna; and Levi Dennis on fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar.

“We are thrilled to have a band like Gary Allan's, which performs in front of thousands of people weekly, put their trust in RapcoHorizon snakes and cables for their shows,” says Lucas McCulley, marketing specialist at The RapcoHorizon Company. “Their endorsement helps promote our gear to the weekend show bands, who are becoming comfortable with and excited about using RapcoHorizon products for their own gigs as well.”

With the allure of a modern day outlaw, Gary Allan has won over legions of fans with his signature blend of rugged vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. He has sold more than seven million albums and released five platinum and gold albums in a row, including two that topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Allan has also topped the country radio charts four times with number-one hits, and has nearly a dozen top-10 hits to his credit. He has sold out venues as a headliner from coast to coast, and has appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, Tonight Show With Jay Leno, CBS Early Show. He has also graced the covers of Country Weekly, Pollstar and People magazine.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company's products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company's state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company's Web site at

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