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JJ: Um...Who's Dallas Smith?

Froggyland is absolutely buzzing since the big announcement that Florida Georgia Line is coming to the CFSB Center on October 10th. In the days leading up to the announcement, Davey Croakett and I were talking about the show and the opening acts, Colt Ford and Dallas Smith. It went something like this:
DC: “Hey, did you hear who the openers are for the show?”
Me: “I heard Colt Ford. Who’s the other?”
DC: “Dallas Smith.”
Me: “Um…who’s Dallas Smith?”
DC: “Let’s learn together!”
Davey searches Google and the second I saw his picture, I freaked.

DC: “Huh?”
DC: “Surely, that can’t be the same Dallas Smith.”
After a little detective work, we realized that it was indeed the same Dallas Smith.

ANYWAY...Before becoming a Canadian Country sensation, Dallas Smith was the singer for the rock band Default. The band released their debut record The Fallout in 2001 (which quickly sold over a million copies) and their first single off the record was “Wasting My Time”. In the summer of 2001, for about 2 months, this was the greatest song ever recorded. I loved that song. I’m serious. I wore that CD out.

In August of 2002, I got to see Default play live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in beautiful Cleveland, OH. From 2001 to 2002, MTV would film weekly concerts in the summer at the Rock Hall and play them on TV. Tickets were only $5 and they had some pretty epic shows there. It was awesome. Rock bands, pop singers, R&B artists…it seemed like they brought everyone to town and I think I went to almost every single one of them.
ANYWAY, Default absolutely tore the house down which you’ll see in the clip below. (1,000,000 bonus internets to anyone who can spot a young Jumpin’ Jack in the crowd)


As I sit here typing away, I’m listening to that record and I feel like I’m 25 years old again. It serves as a reminder of a great time in my life and will always hold a special place in my heart.
You can check Dallas Smith and his music out here at his website. Time will tell as to what his legacy as a country artist will be. All I know is that, while I’m stoked to see FGL and Colt Ford on October 10th, I’ll be geeking out when Dallas hits the stage to kick off the show.
And Dallas, if you’re reading this, October 10th will be a #ThrowbackThursday. So if you don’t mind, please play “Wasting My Time” when you finish your set. The kid in the back with the yellow Froggy shirt sure would appreciate it.

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