Dallas Smith on stage Thursday night at Sandman Centre

Dallas Smith laughs when asked what “dad country” sounds like.

He used it to describe his music for another interviewer earlier this year, but hadn’t expected it to stick.

While he laughs, the country singer who is bringing his Side Effects Tour to Kamloops Thursday night says his music has been influenced by his pre-teen son and younger daughter. Watching them grow up and being surrounded by his family tends to influence many of the lyrics that come from the former grunge-rocker-turned-country.

Longtime fans remember Smith’s first successful band, Default, which saw success with its first album, The Fallout, released in 2001. The next year, that band won a Juno Award as best new group and went on to see platinum certification of the debut release. Three other albums — Elocation in 2003, One Thing Remains in 2005 and Comes and Goes in 2009 — followed.

However Smith had found his country roots by 2012 and given up his tuque for a Stetson.

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