Langley lad gets Juno nod

Langley-born Dallas Smith will be busy March 15. With the country music performer’s nomination for Country Album of the Year at the 2015 JUNOs, chances are he will be hoping for a win from the Hamilton, Ontario hosted event. 

Known previously as the front man for rock group Default, which won the Best New Group (now Breakthrough Group) award in 2002, Smith went out on his own into country, launching his first solo album Jumped Right In in 2012. That album was also nominated for the same category as the current and second album, Lifted. 

“I didn’t have any expectations when we recorded Jumped Right In,” the Langley native said in a phone interview Tuesday. “(Producer) Joey (Moi) and I just wanted to make a record we enjoyed listening to and that we thought other people would feel the same way about. Now both these records have been recognized as some of the top country records of the last few years. It’s a good feeling.”

Smith also celebrated the fact that Canadian country music had made big strides in the last few years with a new batch of artists given a chance to compete in the U.S. Smith is the first Canadian male artist to have back-to-back No. 1 weeks on the U.S. country charts (with single Wastin’ Gas). He will be performing at the Boots & Babes Ball concert at the Commodore Ballroom on Feb. 14. The event is sold out.

Francois Marchand is a Vancouver Sun reporter.

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