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Evans musician starts solo career

Posted: February 22, 2012 - 1:00am  |  Updated: February 22, 2012 - 3:33am
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An Evans musician is jump-starting his solo career Friday with a concert and CD release launch.

Augusta Christian Schools graduate Dallas Duff said he’s ready to step out on his own after years of performing in bands, both locally and in California.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Copies of Duff’s first solo CD, The Good Life, can be purchased for $10.

Duff started playing the guitar in middle school and took lessons from Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood. He also played in a church youth band with Haywood.

Years later, Duff is teaching guitar lessons to young students at Portman’s Music Academy in Martinez.

“I hope to not only follow in Dave’s footsteps of being a guitar instructor, but also furthering into the performance aspect,” Duff said.

Duff’s band in high school, Daze of Haze, saw success in the area and even opened for Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. Duff was the group’s lead vocalist.

After four years in Los Angeles at the Musicians Institute, he lived in Texas before returning home about two years ago.

Duff describes his music as alternative country and said he is influenced by classic, Southern and modern rock musicians. He named artists Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley as his country influences.

“I’m definitely influenced by lots of different kinds of music,” Duff said. “I think if you can hook people in with a good song it doesn’t matter what genre of music you fall in.”

Tickets are available at www.dallasduff.com. They cost $10, with special rates for groups.

The show will feature a mixture of upbeat songs and ballads, Duff said.

“Expect to hear catchy songs that hopefully, by the end of the night, will get stuck in your head,” he said.

 

IF YOU GO

What: Dallas Duff concert

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans

Cost: Tickets start at $10

More: www.dallasduff.com

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