This week is highlighted by two new EP’s from up and coming artists. Dallas Smith released his first United States country EP, Lifted, and Kelsea Ballerini released her six track debut self-titled EP. Love and Theft has a new single out this week as well. “Whiskey on my Breath” is likely the second single off of their to be released album. This week also marks the beginning of the holiday season. That means lots of country artists are releasing their own versions of classic holiday tunes.
Dallas Smith released his third country EP to iTunes today. The highly anticipated release comes on the heels of his debut US single “Wastin’ Gas” and five straight top ten hits in Canada. For Smith Lifted is the culmination of five years of hard work, and it shows. The seven song EP features six new tracks and a live version of the rock heavy hit “Tippin’ Point.”
Dallas Smith might be new to country music, but he’s certainly not new to music. After ten years as the lead singer of the rock group Default, Smith transitioned into a country music. The genre was becoming exactly what he loved – lots of guitar based high energy anthems that allowed him to really connect. After making a trip down to Nashville in 2009 with Joey Moi (Producer Florida Georgia Line & Jake Owen), Smith began working on his debut country album.
Since then he has become a staple in Canadian country music with five straight top ten hits. His debut U.S. single “Tippin’ Point” reached the peak position on SiriusXM The Highway Hot 45 countdown and has gone on to sell over a hundred thousand copies worldwide. He recently completed work on his third EP Lifted which hits iTunes tomorrow and includes “Wastin’ Gas” a song that Music Row called “terrifically exciting.”
We caught up with Dallas Smith this week to talk about his shift from rock to country, life on the road with Florida Georgia Line, and of course his new EP Lifted.
Canadian Dallas Smith is getting ready to make waves in the United States. Chances are if you haven’t heard of him by now you’re going to be very soon. His debut EP Tippin’ Point hit iTunes back in March, and since then Smith has been working hard to perfect his craft. That all comes together with his newest single “Wastin’ Gas” which was released to US Country Radio today. It serves as the lead single for his debut album Lifted which will hit stores later this month, November 25 to be exact.