Now with 11 acts and artists confirmed to perform so far (Feist was most recently announced for a tribute to Leonard Cohen), this year’s Junos broadcast on Sunday, April 2, promises to be one of the biggest in the award ceremony’s history.
From emerging artists like Ruth B to established acts like Sarah McLachlan and Billy Talent, there’s something for every music fan, and there are also a lot of great opportunities to discover exciting, new-to-you artists for your earbuds — to punch up your playlists or add to your record collection, or scope out for when their tours come to your hometown.
Think of the live Junos broadcast as an opportunity to survey just a little bit more of the country’s music scene, its depth and breadth, and then keep checking back daily as CBC Music posts its handy three-song primers for each artist and band to help deepen your appreciation of all these great musicians.
The former frontman for the alt-rock band Default opted for a full hot-country makeover in 2012 with his debut solo album, Jumped Right In, on Chad Kroeger’s (Nickleback) label, 604 Records. The country music capital fell hard for the Langley, B.C.-based singer and welcomed him with open arms alongside peers like Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean, a love that was further cemented when esteemed record label Republic Nashville signed Smith after Jumped Right In’s release.
Since then, Smith has won a Juno for country album of the year (in 2015 for Lifted) and he’s nominated again for his third album, 2016’s Side Effects. Below are three essential songs that will help you get to know Dallas Smith.
Song: ”Jumped Right In”
Album: Jumped Right In (2012)
Album: Lifted (2014)
Song: ”Kids With Cars”
Album: Side Effects (2016)
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