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Country music star Dallas Smith Slow Rollin' his way to Truro during nation-wide tour

Country music star Dallas Smith will perform in Truro later this month as part of his Canada-wide Side Effects tour.
Country music star Dallas Smith will perform in Truro later this month as part of his Canada-wide Side Effects tour.

TRURO, N.S. – Fame and success – they can change a person. But for one country music star making his way to Truro, that’s not the case.

“I like to think it hasn’t changed me,” Dallas Smith recently shared with the Truro Daily News.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time and I know the ups and downs,” says the rocker-turned-country music star, who has been dominating the Canadian country music world with hit after hit, as well as numerous awards and accolades.

“On a personal level,” he said, “I think I’ve become a little more confident in what I do, a little more willing to take risks and … stretch out my creativity. What matters is the music you put out and whether people are gravitating towards it.”

Smith, the first Canadian country music artist to have three straight No. 1 singles, recently received yet another indication that people are, indeed, embracing his music.

During the Canadian Country Music Association awards earlier this month in Saskatoon, he took home three wins.

“This year was fantastic ... I think it took me four years to win my first CCMA. I think I was one-for-16 nominations, but I never felt a lack of respect and acceptance from the community, the artists and (radio) stations,” he said.

Smith, 39, from Langley, B.C., will embark on a Side Effects/Road to Cavendish cross-Canada tour this fall. The 26-city tour includes a stop in Truro on Oct. 13 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

Smith says he’s excited to perform in a small community like Truro.

“I prefer the up close and personal venues … the more we see people enjoying themselves the more we are feeling that and loving that…”

With such a diverse collection of music, Smith pauses before sharing what his favourite songs are from past and current CDs. He said the hit single ‘Lifted’ is at the top of his list.

“There’s something about that song that is very special. I just love the descriptive … different thing I do with my voice in the verses and my wheelhouse in the chorus. It’s a very dynamic, very cool – lyrically – song.”

Smith is also partial to the No. 1 single ‘Side Effects,’ a song that allows him to return to his rock roots.

“I can kind of bring back what I used to do with the old rock band stuff, (it’s) a little more aggressive,” he said.

And he’s eager to hear fans’ feedback.

“What it comes down to is, and it’s very cliche to say, but without them there’s nothing. Everything else doesn’t matter.”

What’s next for Smith? Family time and more music, as he anticipates recording a new CD in the near future.

– Monique Chiasson – Colchester Weekly News

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Ticket sales brisk for Dallas Smith concert

TRURO, N.S. – Rath Eastlink Community Centre representatives say ticket sales for Dallas Smith’s October show have been impressive.

“The premium section, the pit in front of stage, has been sold out for quite some time now, and overall we are over two-thirds sold out,” said Nick Sharpe, RECC’s director of partnerships and events. “For this event, more tickets were sold after that first day than any previous concert’s first day of sales since RECC has opened.”

Matt Moore, general manager of the RECC, said the concert will benefit both the facility and the region.

“But most importantly it creates a sense of belongingness, pride and connection for our community,” he said.

It’s also an “economic driver for the region,” added Sharpe.

– Monique Chiasson – Colchester Weekly News

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About Dallas Smith

Born: 1977

From: Langley, B.C.

Started career as: lead vocalist for rock band Default

Country music CDs:

Jumped Right In – 2012

Lifted – 2014

Side Effects – 2016

Accolades (to name only a few, most recent):

– Platinum selling country music star

– At the Canadian Country Music Association’s recent awards show: won Album of the Year (Side Effects), Single of the Year (Autograph) and Top Selling Canadian Country Album (Side Effects)

– Has his fourth #1 single with Canadian country radio with “Sky Stays This Blue,” a first for a Canadian male country artist.

– Is the first Canadian artist in both the Nielsen BDS and Mediabase era to have three consecutive #1 singles and the first Canadian male country artist to have three #1 singles from the same album (Side Effects).

Side Effects Tour:

Kicks off in Halifax next month, Oct. 12, with a Truro stop on Oct. 13. There will be 26 cities across the country in the tour before it wraps up in Abbotsford, B.C. on Nov. 18. Special guests include Lauren Alaina, James Barker Band and Cold Creek County.

Tickets for the Truro concert:

Call the Rath Eastlink Community Centre at 902-893-2224 for more information.

*Information from Dallas Smith media contact Charlotte Thompson and Wikipedia.

 

                       

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