Dallas Green of City and Colour is set to make a Red Deer stop on his current tour.
City and Colour plays the Centrium June 6th.
The tour, in support of Green’s latest album If I Should Go Before You, kicked off in Kelowna earlier this month. Supporting City and Colour on the tour is Austin’s Shakey Graves.
This is the first major national tour since 2014, which saw City and Colour headline Green’s biggest venues to date including a sold-out show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
If I Should Go Before You recently debuted at number one in Canada which marked City and Colour’s third consecutive chart-topper.
In the U.S. the LP debuted at number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart, number three on the Vinyl Albums Chart, number four on the Independent Albums Chart and number five in Australia.
In addition to widespread commercial success, the album continues to receive notable critical acclaim.
The A.V. Club calls the album ‘alluring’ and ‘breathtaking,’ while AllMusic praises, “A culmination of the sturdy pop sound he’s built up over the years that weaves through territories of dreamy indie folk, pastoral Americana, and soulful alt-rock.”
Additionally, Paste Magazine describes the single, Lover Come Back, as “A gorgeous, R&B-tinged torch song split evenly between joyous, earnest affection and yearning, lovesick sadness.”
If I Should Go Before You is Green’s fifth release as City and Colour and follows 2013’s The Hurry and The Harm. Most recently, in 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on a new project, entitled You+Me. The duo’s acclaimed debut, rose ave., debuted at number four on the U.S. Top 200 Chart, number one in Canada, number two in Australia and number six in Germany.
“As a songwriter and a performer too you’re always trying to find the perfect song or the perfect show, but neither of those are actually attainable. The whole point is always trying to outdo yourself or find a new way to approach it and always striving to get better,” said Green, adding he is looking forward to being on tour. “As much as it’s sort of a glamorized way of living, it is like life – there are good days and bad days. The good days are really that good and the bad days really aren’t that bad.
“Sometimes when I come off stage, for the first 20 minutes I never want to play again because I feel like I have let everyone down and myself down. I want it to be this magical night every night but it’s not going to be and sometimes when it doesn’t happen, it really gets you down. But then you realize you have another chance to go up and hopefully experience something like that and to me that is what keeps you going – the search for that moment where everything feels perfect and it truly feels like you are meant to be doing that. That is what I look for and that is what makes me really happy.”
Meanwhile, Green started guitar lessons when he was eight or nine years old.
“My parents wanted to throw us into a bunch of different stuff when we were young because they could and they wanted to see if anything stuck. The first few years I didn’t actually really like the lessons. I didn’t do very well with the theory but something about it stuck with me and once I started to learn how to listen to my favourite songs and play along to them, I think that is what sparked the fire in me,” he said.
“I started singing along and from that experience and playing music, it started to give me an idea of how the songs were put together in regards to verses and choruses. In high school I started to write my own music and that was it.”
For new material, Green said he draws from life experience.
“I guess for me I’ve always written about love, life and death. It’s about living and experiencing things and then I try to wrap my head around it and sing about it.”
Green added he is looking forward to coming to Red Deer. “I love being on tour and I’m lucky to have a wonderful group of people with me – my band and my crew. I love the camaraderie.”
As part of the tour, City and Colour added 100 tickets to each show that will be sold for $20 with proceeds going to the Red Cross for those affected by the Fort McMurray fires.
Tickets for the show are available at Ticketmaster.