Dallas isn’t always in Texas.
Last week, Dallas was in Hamilton, Ont. On April 12, Dallas will be in Prince George.
Oh, this is Dallas Smith, Canadian country singer, we’re talking about.
“We’re doing record release shows and some college circuit stuff,” Smith said from Hamilton last week. “Things are going great, but I really miss my little girl. She’s just two months old.”
Smith will be opening for Florida Georgia Line at the CN Centre on April 12, and he says it’s a matter of knowing the right people.
“We’re on the same label, we’ve backed each other in the studio. It’s great, because they’re one of the hottest country acts out there right now.
“It was nice to get this kind of pat on the back from them, asking me to open the shows.”
Smith released an EP, Tippin’ Point, in early March, and says the title could be a description of the reasoning behind the release.
“We had five good songs picked out, but I didn’t want to rush the next album and put out songs I wasn’t happy with. We also wanted to get something out before summer, so we went with the EP.”
Smith and his label are also using social media to get a read on what people like about the new songs.
“You can get instant feedback on Twitter so for what people like. We also look at what songs get a good reaction when we play them live, and what singles do well on iTunes.”
That can influence what songs get sent to radio as well.
“A Girl Like You almost didn’t make it onto the album, but it’s been in the top five for sales on iTunes, so it will probably be the third single, after Slow Rollin’.”
None of the songs on the EP are written by Smith, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t writing.
“We try to do Nashville trips to get some writing in. I’m in pretty good with the Craig Wiseman group down there, so that’s some good writers. It’s tough, though, because we’re doing so much touring right now. When we get time off, I just want to go home, recharge and relax.”
There’s another personal trait that can also cause problems.
“I’m a real procrastinator,” he says with a laugh. “I need to set the time aside, which is why writing with people in Nashville is good. You’ve got a set time to get the writing done, and that’s it.”
Fans coming out to the show on April 12 in Prince George should be prepared for almost anything.
“We like to a bunch of different stuff. We still play Wasting My Time (by Smith’s former rock band Default); last night we did Fast Cars and Freedom, the Rascal Flatts tune.
“We like to catch people out of left field too. We’ve done that song by Lorde, Royals. It catches people off guard, but they know it. Everybody has so many musical influences now, nobody just listens to one kind.”
Well, Smith adds, he likes to listen to one kind of music.
“I like to listen to good music.”
Dallas Smith will be opening for Florida Georgia Line at the CN Centre on April 12. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations.