Although he may not have the household name recognition of his collaborators, Dallas Davidson is certainly no stranger to country music. He moved to Nashville nearly 10 years ago and has written a slew of hits you’ve likely heard on the radio, ranging from Trace Adkin’s “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight” to Lady Antebellum’s “Just a Kiss” and Brad Paisley and Keith Urban’s “Start a Band.”
So it’s only fitting that Davidson will be awarded this year’s Academy of Country Music Award for Songwriter of the Year. Radio.com recently sat down with Randy Houser to ask the singer what it’s like to write with Davidson, who helped co-write his current single, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.”
“Dallas has been one of my closest friends since we both moved to Nashville,” Houser explained. “We all learned how to make our way in Nashville together and we’ve written a ton of songs over the years.”
While Houser can’t count just how many songs the two have written together, he said it’s close to 100.
“He’s a pleasure to write with ’cause he’s so good. We’ve all gotten to watch each other grow in what we do and get better at what we do,” Houser said. “Dallas has just excelled. He’s gotten so good at what he does and I’m so proud of him and all of all his success. He deserves it. He’s one of the coolest people you’ll ever meet. He’s one of those people you want to hang out with too. He’s the typical dude you want to go have a beer with.”
The Academy of Country Music Awards will air this Sunday, April 7, on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.