Country-rock singer Dallas Smith sat down and chatted with me at Best Buy Theatre in New York City about his new single "Tippin' Point" and his musical endeavors.
November 15, 2013, marked his third consecutive concert at Best Buy Theatre, opening for hit country duo Florida Georgia Line (as part of their "Here's To The Good Times" headlining tour) and country rapper Colt Ford. "It's excellent to be in New York City. It's nice to actually call this city a home for a couple of days and to play at the same venue. It makes the load-ins and check outs a lot easier, so it's great," he said.
His radio single, "Tippin' Point," was brought to him from Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley from Florida Georgia Line. "They put together the record and I loved the song, so I wanted to put my own stamp on it and record it," he said.
A native of Canada, Smith is now signed to Republic Nashville, a label that is home to such artists as The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope, Greg Bates and Florida Georgia Line. "It's always great to get picked up by a major label like that and get the good push. It's nice to be on the roster," he said. "Not many Canadian artists get to come down here and be in the opportunity that I am in, so I want to make the best out of it."
In 2013, he was nominated for the prestigious Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) award for "Male Artist of the Year," as well as for "Single of the Year" for "Jumped Right In" and "Album of the Year" for Jumped Right In.
He is drawn to country music due to the "great voices" in the genre and its "great storytelling."
Smith was inspired by musically by The Beatles, as well as such country songstresses as Reba McEntire and The Judds.
In the future, the country rocker hopes to keep on "plugging away" and to stay on the road as much as possible. "I want to record some new songs," he said. "I am constantly writing. We are trying to put together an EP."
He listed Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood as his dream female duet choices, thus proving that he has an eclectic taste.
To learn more about rising country-rock artist Dallas Smith, visit his website and follow him on Twitter.