Thomas Rhett

TRACKSIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL - DAY 1

Thomas Rhett

Dallas Smith

Sat, July 1, 2017

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 12:00 pm

$119.50 - $299.50

This event is all ages

Thomas Rhett
Years before he kicked off his career with It Goes Like This, a debut album that spawned five Top 40 hits and three Numbers Ones, Thomas Rhett spent his childhood listening to the sounds of FM radio.

"Growing up, there was no such thing as listening to one radio station," he remembers. Instead, Thomas Rhett would regularly flip from one station to another, cranking up a mix of country, pop, R&B, rap, rock, and oldies. It was a tangle of music. Decades later, he's tipping his hat to those days with Tangled Up, an album that mixes the sound of his influences with equal doses of groove, melody and twang.

Although recorded in his hometown of Nashville, Tangled Up was written all over America, during a year-long tour in support of Thomas' first album. There was something about the highway that made him feel creative. Something about the crowds that made him feel inspired. Something about the sold-out shows that made him want to return to the tour bus and write something exciting. With help from a handful of co-writers, Thomas whipped up a new batch of songs during the hours before soundcheck, after the encore, and during the long rides from one city to the next.

Maybe that's why Tangled Up feels like such an upbeat, energetic record. It was created while Thomas' body was still flushed with adrenaline.

"At our shows, there aren't any rules," he says. "There's no such thing as standing still and just singing a song. I love jumping into the crowd. I love to dance. The whole show is very uptempo, high energy, and completely unpredictable."

You could say the same about Tangled Up. Produced by Dan Huff and Jesse Frasure, the album is filled with party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs, love ballads, and everything in between, all tied together by a dynamic singer who's unafraid to blur the lines between genres. Some songs take their influence from country stars like Eric Church. Others are more reminiscent of pop idols like Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars. None of the tracks sound alike, but they do all sound like Thomas Rhett songs.

"I didn't grow up listening to just one style of music," he explains, "so I don't know how to write just one style of music. Whether these songs have more of a pop influence or more of a hip-hop influence or a completely country influence, they all — in some crazy way — cohesively sound like a me song."

They also sound like hit songs. "Crash and Burn," the album's first single, climbed into the Top 10 long before the album's release, and any number of the remaining tracks — from "South Side," a groove-heavy song co-written with Chris Stapleton, to "Die a Happy Man," a heartfelt tribute to Thomas Rhett's wife — could follow its climb up charts. Meanwhile, songs like "Single Girl" mix his country-boy croon with layers of poppy synthesizers, and "Tangled" models itself after Michael Jackson's dance floor jams.
Dallas Smith
When the party lights are switched on, it's a good bet that the music of Dallas Smith will be thumping right along with them. As country music's newest star, the elastic-voiced singer brings a fresh slant to country, a wall-of-sound approach that combines the vocals of country with the crunch of rock.

Raised in a small town in British Columbia, Dallas was first introduced to country music by his mother, who filled the family's house with the artists of the 1990s. Dallas soaked it all up. "There was Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn, and a lot of female country too," he says. "That all had an impact on me."

Dallas took that foundation, along with the classic rock his father exposed him to, and refined it into his own unique style. A fan of such guitar-driven country acts as Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts, Dallas has always gravitated toward the more melodic singing and picking of country.

"Country radio today sounds like the perfect storm of what I grew up with," he says. "This really is the best of both worlds for me."

Helping Dallas bridge those worlds is producer Joey Moi, who has overseen blockbuster albums by Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen. "We've always talked about how cool it would be to make a record that involves all the musical styles we grew up liking," says Dallas of his partnership with Joey. Their first stab at such an album was Dallas's Canadian country debut, Jumped Right In, a project that netted Dallas five Canadian Country Music Association award nominations and a Juno nomination for the 2013 Country Album of the Year.

Now fully entrenched in the Nashville community, Dallas is making his American country debut with the high-octane single "Tippin' Point." It is as infectious as it is upbeat, a party anthem that roots itself in one's brain. It's also the perfect prelude for what is to come from Dallas and his energetic persona.

"'Tippin' Point is that blend of what I love about country and rock," says Dallas, who as the former lead singer for the wildly successful international rock band Default knows his way around a power chord and an arena-sized audience. "The song sums me up as an artist and is a great representation of where I'm going."

And currently, that's all over the U.S., as the opening act for Florida Georgia Line on their Here's to the Good Times headlining tour.

"I couldn't ask for a better platform to be introduced on," says Dallas, who, with Default, has played everywhere from the Orange Bowl to Afghanistan.

But despite that past success, he doesn't take his country ambitions lightly.

"I come from humble backgrounds and I've always tried to keep a level head in the music business. I just put my nose down and work hard," says Dallas, "and that's what country music is all about."
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1
http://www.londonmusichall.com/

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