Singer Dallas Smith is at the top of two Top Country charts this week. His song, ‘Somebody Somewhere,’ is a #1 smash on both the Singles – Airplay chart and the Singles – Sales chart. Congrats to Dallas!
If his name sounds familiar, you are either a hockey fan or an alternative-rock fan. The guy named Dallas Smith, who was an NHL all-star in the 60’s/70’s and played on the Bruins with Bobby Orr, is not the same Dallas Smith. However, the guy who was the lead singer of the alternative-rock band Defaultis the same Dallas Smith. So although Smith is a new artist in the country genre, he is certainly not new to the music business. He’s just ‘Gone Country,’ as Alan Jackson sang in the 90’s.
Between 2001-2009 Dallas and Default released four albums. The band hailed from Vancouver and the members were Smith, Jeremy Hora, Dave Benedict, and Danny Craig. Discovered by rock band Nickleback frontman Chad Kroeger, Default had big time success in the early part of the 2000’s. Their debut album The Fallout earned them the Juno for Best New Group and produced the rock hits, ‘Deny’ and ‘Wasting My Time.‘ The latter went #1 in Canada and #2 in the U.S. on the mainstream rock charts. Billboard magazine named the song the 18th best rock song of the 00’s.
Mr. Smith goes to Nashvegas….I think it’s totally cool that a talented artist like Dallas Smith has decided to write and record a country album. The album, to be released later this year, was recorded in Nashville with producer Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Tim McGraw, Nickleback) at the helm. While in Nashville Dallas worked with songwriters Zac Maloy (Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry) , Rodney Clawson (George Strait, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich) and Chris Thompkins (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride). Lots of experienced country firepower, eh? I’m looking forward to hearing more country stuff from Dallas Smith. For now there’s his TC #1 smash, ‘Somebody Somewhere.’