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By Bob Doerschuk

© 2014 CMA Close Up®
News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Dallas Smith got into Country Music by Default. Default,
of course, was the superstar band whose neo-grunge anthems shot them to the top
of Canada’s indie-rock pile in the early ’00s. Their No. 2 smash in the U.S.,
“Wasting My Time,” exemplified their sound, particularly in Smith’s vocals:
hurt, angry and ecstatic, all at the same time.

So here is Smith again, this time singing about moonshine,
the Fourth of July, tan lines, Mountain Dew, Daisy Dukes and even “panties in
your purse.” His angst has yielded to a more ebullient and exuberant approach.
Somehow a little down-home drawl has softened his delivery, and even his song
titles have started dropping their “g’s.”

And guess what? With the release of his EP Tippin’
, produced by Joey Moi, we may be meeting the real Dallas Smith for
the first time. Raised in rural British Columbia, he grew up to the tune of his
mother’s Country albums, with plenty of Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and
Alan Jackson on the playlist. To these influences, he added Rascal Flatts, Keith
Urban and other Country connoisseurs of strong melodies and expressive vocals.
From Default, he learned to project with deep emotion; from Country, he stirred
in some humor and accessibility. And on the title track and first single, written
by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, with Jaren Johnston,
he ties it together with a lip-tripping hook, like he was born to sing this way.

For more on Dallas Smith,
visit www.CMACloseUp.com.



“I’m a huge Beatles
and Keith Urban fan. Great melody with a great voice is king, and to me they are the greatest.”


“Keith Urban’s new
one – ‘Cop Car’ is on heavy repeat right now.”


“Before I leave for a tour my son likes to give me
a picture he’s drawn or a tiny little toy or object to ‘remind me of him.’
It’s honestly the sweetest thing. If it’s small enough to fit in my pocket,
I’ll always look at it before I head out on stage. Keeps me focused and gives
me a boost of confidence.”


“First show was at a little local club here just
outside of Vancouver. Shakin’ in my boots to say the least. If it was at all
possible to hide behind an inch wide mic stand, I definitely nailed it. Didn’t
say a word between songs … just shook. Two years later I was on The Tonight
. I had to get over it fast.”

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