Dallas Davidson, country songwriter and an Albany native, will be assisting in the Southwest Georgia Music & Arts Festival in Albany slated for Oct. 12-14.
VILLA RICA -- While Albany native and current go-to Nashville songwriter Dallas Davidson celebrated with the rest of Southwest Georgia his close friend Luke Bryan's leading seven American Country Award nominations Wednesday, he grudgingly accepted the ACA's failure to recognize the people who wrote the country hits.
That, Davidson wryly noted, is just the way things are.
"But Luke is nominated for album of the year, and I helped write the first two singles off that album ('tailgates & tanlines')," Davidson said as he prepared to open for Bryan on the country star's Farm Tour here. "And if Lady Antebellum's album ('Own the Night') is nominated, too (it is), I wrote the first two singles off that album.
"That's my nominations right there. (Being all but ignored at awards time) is just the way it is in this business. But the people in the industry, they know."
Davidson has had plenty of offers to record the songs he writes, 13 of which have topped the country charts, but he prefers to stick to writing the hits. He does, though, enjoy an occasional gig playing guitar and singing those hits, which he's doing on Bryan's eight-city Farm Tour and he will on the Flintco Throwdown Stage Sunday at the Georgia Throwdown.
"Performing on stage now and then is great," Davidson said. "(Peach Picker performing partners Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip) and I love playing our original songs to the real country fans. A lot of fans don't realize we're singing our stuff; they think we're a cover act, and some of them think I'm Luke's guitar player.
"But I'm really looking forward to playing for the people in Albany. It's a chance to step out of the shadow a little bit."
Davidson was instrumental in turning the Throwdown, which starts today at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, from dream to reality. His influence helped add such established country stars as Randy Houser, Big & Rich, Easton Corbin and Colt Ford to the lineup.
"I think bringing Huka (Entertainment) on board to manage the festival gave it instant credibility with the managers of the top acts," Davidson said. "I was able to twist a few arms with some of the artists. I was able to call up Randy and say, 'That's my festival, bring your ass on down there,' and Colt Ford is such a good friend he canceled a show so he could play with us."
Davidson said he's excited about the potential of the Throwdown, but that the people of Albany and Southwest Georgia must support it to keep it alive.
"The people of Albany have always said, 'Give us something to entertain us,'" he said. "Well, by God, here it is. But now it's time for them to do their part. I'm not putting down this year's festival -- I think this is an incredible lineup -- but it's only going to get bigger.
"If the people of Albany want to see Jason Aldean and Zac Brown and Sugarland and Blake Shelton and some of the folks like that, they're going to have to come out and support the festival. The only way it won't happen is if they don't show up this weekend. I think it's going to be great, though. I've gotten so many calls requesting tickets, I've had to change my phone number."
As he prepared to take the stage in Villa Rica, Davidson took a minute to squelch a rumor that's gone viral since hitting Facebook. Asked about the post from Bryan hinting that he'd be at the Throwdown, Davidson laughed.
"I don't know what Luke's going to do, but he definitely did not post that," Davidson said. "I asked him if there was something he hadn't told me (about the post), and he said someone had created a phony Facebook page claiming to be (Bryan)."
Davidson is scheduled to perform with Akins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.