Canaan Smith ‘Stoked’ About First Headlining Tour
Canaan Smith recently kicked off his first headlining tour, after spending the summer serving as the opening act on Dierks Bentley's 2015 Sounds of Summer Tour -- an accomplishment that Smith says he has been working toward for his entire career.
"It's nerves and excitement, neck and neck. I’m stoked, really; it’s an honor," Smith tells The Boot of his new trek. "We’re bringing lights for the first time; we have an hour-and-20-minute set for my fans. I’ve never had that opportunity up until this point, so I’m losing sleep over giving them an experience they’ll never forget.
"That’s what it’s all about for me: something that they’ll remember forever," he adds. "Learning from them and celebrating their stomping grounds ... celebrating where we’re at each night and sending them away with something they won’t forget."
The 33-year-old took plenty of notes as he watched Bentley take the stage each night.
"He’s a very generous headliner, and the knowledge he’s gained over the years, he’s shared with me. He’s just an upstanding guy; he’s a good dude," Smith raves. "I want to treat my opening acts the same way he treated me in the future. Everybody’s on a different playing field, [but] we’re all doing what we love."
"When I saw the treatment, I couldn’t say no to a treatment that was at a rollerskating rink," Smith says. "I’d never seen anything like that. The first thing that went through my head was, ‘Well, we’ve got to find some breakdance skaters,' so we tracked them down.
"The video turned out pretty awesome," he continues. "We had a blast. We were doing everything you’re not supposed to do in a rollerskating rink."