Dallas Green of City and Colour spends a lot of time on the road. This summer he's bouncing between dates in Canada, Australia, England and the United States promoting his new album, The Hurry and the Harm.
Despite the relentless touring schedule, Green is still surprised by the international attention his music receives and says, "traveling away from home and playing on stage will never get old."
City and Colour's latest album is The Hurry and The Harm.
Which is lucky, since he's been on and off the road for more than the last decade, first as a member of the Juno winning post-hardcore band Alexisonfire
, then as a solo act when he decided to leave the band in August of 2011.
Despite the international attention his music receives, the St. Catharines, Ontario native says he was most surprised by the response he got at a recent hometown show. "[Playing] Niagara-on-the-Lake was pretty surreal.
I couldn't believe how many people came out."
An avid baseball fan, Green says the thing he misses most when he's touring - aside from wife Leah Miller - is the Toronto Blue Jays.
Which makes sense since Green grew up around baseball. In a 2008 radio interview, he explained he was, in fact, named after another Dallas Green, the pitcher, manager and major league executive who got his start with the Philadelphia Phillies.
As City and Colour, Green has found a niche writing deeply personal songs that have struck a chord with old and new fans. Not surprisingly, that success has also attracted attention from music managers.
For the first time since striking out on his own, Green was approached to write a song for another artist, New Zealand singer Kimbra who's most widely known for singing on the massive hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. While Green wasn't sure about writing for another artist, he took a crack at it, penning a song with a female singer in mind.
"I only did it once and ended up keeping it for myself. That was "Thirst," the first single off my new record."
City and Colour Imperial Maple Wheat Ale
Quenching thirsts from Ontario through Western Canada this summer is another side project from the busy musician. In June, Barrie, Ontario craft brewers Flying Monkeys released a new brew called City and Colour Imperial Maple Wheat Ale.
The company says the limited edition beer is brewed with maple syrup and infused with organic, fair trade bourbon vanilla pods.
"I did have a hand in creating it," Green says. "I got to go and help pick out the flavour profiles. It tastes like breakfast."
In Winnipeg to headline the main stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival on Wednesday night, Green won't be spending a lot of time out at the site. But before he heads for his Vancouver show on Friday, he plans to take in a bit of the ambiance out at Birds Hill Park.
"Depending on the travel involved I usually try to watch the bands that are on before me. Hoping to do that this year for sure."Playing the July 10th main stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival ahead of
City and Colour are Oh My Darling, Tony Furtado, The Avett Brothers and
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