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August 14, 2014 8:33 AM

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Dallas Smith performs Saturday at CPCA cabaret

His music has hit the airwaves for over a decade and he has made numerous stops in Lloydminster with his alternative rock band Default as well as during his own solo country career.

Country singer-songwriter Dallas Smith is coming back to Lloydminster for the Ezzie’s on the Border Chuckwagon Cabaret.

The Border City has always been a great place for Smith with awesome fans and support, so it’s only fitting to come back once again.

“We are going to have a good time, the last time I was there was at the Colonial Days Grandstands in 2013,” he said.

One local radio station gave Smith his big break allowing him to do a live performance on air, Smith said.

“Actually, a radio station called the Goat gave me a chance to perform on air for the first time in my career,” he jokingly then said, “that was a long, long time ago.

“We have played the Kooler a couple of times, and we have always passed through Lloydminster and the people in the Border City have always given us a great reception.”

Asked what people should expect to hear on Saturday night at the cabaret, Smith said that concert attendees will be hearing some of his Default music, as well as come songs from his EP, Tippin’ Point.

“I have my EP out now and we are going to be doing some more touring. The tour has been evolving and we are throwing in some more covers that we perform while on stage. It’s just going to be a good time.”

Smith said that the covers range from a variety of new, more popular songs and some older stuff that he grew up on.

“We will be covering some new music that is currently popular with everyone, we do a Lorde’s song, we do Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, and a song by Kings of Leon, so we do some pretty younger and newer stuff. But we put our own Dallas Smith kind of twist on it.”

Smith admits that the twist doesn’t, from time to time, play to the older crowds though, “So we have to be mindful of that as well when up on stage on Saturday.”

Heading into the weekend, Smith said that the set list for the music is somewhat in place, with possible some minor changes coming at the time of the concert Saturday night.

“I usually like to control the base, we have cues and we have some guitar changes that we go through but things are somewhat structured. But we do sometimes change the set list once in a while, usually happening during a show.”

If you have ever seen a Smith show in person, then you’ll have to go again because each show is different Smith said.

“Some areas in the country some people are only familiar with a few of the songs, while in other areas of the country they might know a lot of my music, including my Default stuff as well,” Smith said, adding that depending on the location of the concert will change what music he will or will not play.

Smith has had a busy year, with the birth of a daughter in the January and releasing his newest EP Tippin’ Point and performing across Canada promoting himself and his new single. He said he really doesn’t have time to slow down and relax as his home life is kind of in boxes at the current point in time.

“This year has been awesome, my wife and I had a baby girl in January. Raising a little girl, on top of that I have been touring around Canada and the United States and doing a lot of promotion stuff,” he said.

After the show on Saturday, Smith will be heading south of the border to play some concerts in the United States.

“There will be a lot more touring during the winter months. I’m heading to Nashville next week to do some more recordings and finish up the album.”

After recording some more music for the upcoming album, Smith will be back in Alberta at the beginning of September to attend the Canadian Country Music Awards where he is up for three CCMAs.

Smith is nominated for Single of the Year for his EP Tippin’ Point, Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year.

Somewhere between the recording and touring, Smith said that he’s tried to find time to get home and pack up the house, as he is moving.

Tickets are available at Lammle’s Western Wear in Lloydminster, Paradise Hill Farm Supply, the Lloydminster Exhibition office or online at www.lloydchuckwagons.com.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door pending availability. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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