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Dallas Remington: Camo and Sequins

Dallas Remington is a Kentucky farm girl with country music in her blood. With some of her first memories being tied to music whether it singing at church, or playing one of her many instruments. In 2020 Dallas's single "Uncommon Man," co -written with Courtney Bumbacher, won WBCW Florida Country Radio Single Of The Year. Dallas's authentic lyrics and traditional sound are a refreshing reminder to the golden age of country!

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Before we dive deeper into your music, I have to ask, I heard you have a Chicken named Chickenzilla. I have to know more about this!

He actually passed away when I was like 11. So I don't know. I've been asked about him like several times in the past six months. So I'm like, where the heck is everybody finding out about him? Because he's been gone for like 10 years. So I'm going to need to know where you found that so we can,

So we had him, so he actually, yeah, he was about 20 pounds. He was a giant, giant chicken.

I also noticed that you and I have a similar hobby, we both really enjoy cooking and he would have put that on your Instagram a lot. So where did that love of cooking come from?

So I've always just loved to cook. So when I was like super little, my dream was to be a famous chef. So I've always loved to do that and fast forward now I'm older. I have to feed myself sometimes, you know? I found it was a really good thing to do to, you know, keep my mind off things and just focus on, you know, block the world out to cook for a while. And so I just fell in love with cooking a lot. I started taking some classes at a place here in Nashville, and then we back early in quarantine, I was posting all these pictures of everything I was making. And my friend Craig, he was like, why don't you just do a Facebook live cooking? Then we started doing a cooking show called picking and cooking, and now it's every Tuesday at five o'clock. So it's part of the career now, too.

I also know you play quite a few instruments, do you have a favorite and then is there an instrument or play one a little more bizarre?

At a young age I decided to learn how to play most of the the bass instruments that you would need to have in a band so I could communicate with musicians. I didn't want them ever looking at me like you don't know what you're talking about. I wanted to know that I knew what I was talking about. My favorite obviously acoustic guitar, cause I play that all the time, but my favorite, like I don't get to play a lot is bass. I play five string bass, and I actually used to be bassist in few bands. And I love doing that. But no, I don't play anything weird. I guess, an of play harmonica, but that's still not like off the wall, you know. So I'll have to work on a weird one. I always wanted to learn how to play cello, which once again, isn't weird. But when you think about country music, it's a little weird. Yeah. So maybe that'll be my off the wall.

Did you know from a young age, ever says “I'm going to be a country singer, this is what I want to be.” And what have you learned over being there for the past couple of years?

Yeah, so I just like any little girl, you know, I was like, I'm just going to be famous when I grow up. But I started playing guitar when I was 10. My grandmother actually encouraged me to take lessons and vocal lessons and I fell in love with it. So I started performing in Nashville when I was 11 doing shows everywhere. I had a residency and it just kind of, you know, were those people that we looked for every door to open and all these doors just kept opening that were pushing, that were leading towards music. It's just become my life and it has been. We moved here when I was 15, I just turned 21. So it'll be six years in October that we've been here and it's just been, I think it's been a blessing for me to be able to grow up in the industry because I've been able to see different things happen to different people and learn it as literally my life. I mean, this is my college. I didn't go to college. Just doing music. So it's been a major blessing and, you know, having to learn how to navigate it at different points in my life as being an 11 year old and then being a 15 year old and then being, you know, now an adult, I'm still a kid I'm never going to be an adult, but you know, either.

What do you want to do to make your mark on Nashville as a female?

Yeah. I've never been asked that question before. That's really cool. You know there are a lot of females coming up now and I feel like, you know, one thing we can all do to make our mark is, band together and support each other. And we've been seeing that over the past couple of years When it started with Song Suffragettes and now we have changed the conversation and all these things, pushing women to be in the forefront, in the spotlight. I was told at a very young age just to be real and be myself. And, you know, I would like to be able to make a mark on Nashville, make a mark on this industry, which is literally being who I am and who I always have been. And that's, I mean, that's just a farm girl from Kentucky that loves to play guitar. And I plan on staying that way.

What do you feel like the catalyst for is why all of a sudden we're seeing an upturn of female strong females in Nashville?

Yeah, definitely. Well, I mean being here so long, there's always been so many females here. I think it is a lot to do with things like can change the conversation and CMT having the next women of country and the people who are higher up in the industry pushing to promote the female independent artists. Putting females in the spotlight that we are here and that we're doing everything we can to make this happen for ourselves. And I'm very thankful for the fact that there are a lot of females getting more spotlight than there used to be. And a lot of very strong, independent females as well. And hopefully I get to join them and be on that ranks with them.

Talk to me about your wildly successful new single “Uncommon Man.” How did this song get its start?

So we actually, I wrote that with my good friend, Ms. Courtney Baumbacher. She comes from a dairy farm in upstate New York and we wrote that for our dads. So we sat down three years ago and she had had this idea and she told me, she's like, I pitched this out to several writers and it just isn't happening the way I wanted to do it. So I took it back. And she goes, I think you might be able to relate to this. I think you might be able to understand what I mean. And she told me she was like, I just want to write a song about my dad and I want to call it Uncommon Man. And automatically it was like, yeah, I know what you mean. Obviously I grew up with that. And so we just sat down and it was just as a thank you to them for raising us the way they did, you know, our mind things in life for farm, faith and family.

And that's the way we've always been. And the fact that we just wrote that song for them, we didn't think anyone else was ever going to hear it. You know, we pitched it out, weren't getting any cuts on it. And then it came back to May of 2020 and being in the beginning of a worldwide shutdown that we never thought we'd say, and we had a a single ready to go. And it was just like a sassy fiery song. And I was like, it's not right. It's not right for the world. We can't be releasing this. I don't think we should release something like this right now. And we had a team meeting and I had sent them like three or four songs. And then at the end I said, Oh, by the way, I've got the song and I'd send them this just like little, like super out of tune to fast work tape of Uncommon Man. And they were like, well, obviously that's a single Dallas. Like you wrote that years ago. Like that seems like something that happened right now. And so we we dedicated it to all the essential employees and it has been really cool over the past almost year now to get all the stories of everyone else's uncommon men and women that they have in their lives. And it's just been a blessing for me to see how much the song is meant to be.

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