12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Building on his status as a local favorite in his native Texas, Granger Smith makes a serious bid for mainstream country attention on Dirt Road Driveway. He brings considerable assets to the project, including an engaging All-American vocal style, superior songwriting chops, and a sound that blends radio-friendly melodies with touches of heartland rock, pop, and folk. Smith knows how to touch all the familiar country bases, with songs about backroad parties (“We Do It in a Field”), truck-driven romance (“Silverado Bench Seat”), and teenaged high times (“19 Forever”). He does a convincing job of celebrating family values in “If Money Didn’t Matter” and captures a touring musician’s lonely hours in “Stick Around.” Smith writes with breezy blue-collar lingo, but he also has a touch of the poet in his style, as the free-flowing imagery in “Bury Me in Blue Jeans” shows. Accordions, banjos, and mandolin add extra musical color to these mostly midtempo and uptempo tracks. Closing out the album are “Country Boy Love” and “The Country Boy Song”: a pair of stomping, slightly twisted tunes credited to Smith’s comedic alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Building on his status as a local favorite in his native Texas, Granger Smith makes a serious bid for mainstream country attention on Dirt Road Driveway. He brings considerable assets to the project, including an engaging All-American vocal style, superior songwriting chops, and a sound that blends radio-friendly melodies with touches of heartland rock, pop, and folk. Smith knows how to touch all the familiar country bases, with songs about backroad parties (“We Do It in a Field”), truck-driven romance (“Silverado Bench Seat”), and teenaged high times (“19 Forever”). He does a convincing job of celebrating family values in “If Money Didn’t Matter” and captures a touring musician’s lonely hours in “Stick Around.” Smith writes with breezy blue-collar lingo, but he also has a touch of the poet in his style, as the free-flowing imagery in “Bury Me in Blue Jeans” shows. Accordions, banjos, and mandolin add extra musical color to these mostly midtempo and uptempo tracks. Closing out the album are “Country Boy Love” and “The Country Boy Song”: a pair of stomping, slightly twisted tunes credited to Smith’s comedic alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr.

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About Granger Smith

A Texas native raised in Dallas, country singer and songwriter Granger Smith began his professional music recording career at the age of 19 (he had been playing gigs on the Texas circuit since he was 14) while he was attending Texas A&M, completing his first album, Waiting on Forever, during his freshman year there. He signed a writing and publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing a couple of years later, leaving Texas A&M in his junior year to relocate to Nashville, where he learned the writing and recording ropes in Music City while continuing to gig in the local bars and clubs. He self-released a second album, Memory RD., in 2005, along with Pockets of Pesos that same year, and even managed to graduate from Texas A&M as well. Livin' Like a Lonestar followed a year later in 2006, with We Bleed Maroon arriving in 2007.

By this time, Smith was back in his home state of Texas, where he gigged and toured constantly, and he became a major star on the Texas circuit. Don't Listen to the Radio was released in 2009, with a pair of albums, Live at the Chicken: 11-20-11 and Poets & Prisoners, arriving three years later in 2012. Dirt Road Driveway, written, recorded, and produced by Smith in his home studio, appeared in 2013, and included a pair of tracks, "Country Boy Love" and "The Country Boy Song," attributed to Smith's comedic alter ego, Earl Dibbles, Jr. The year 2015 saw the release of 4x4, a four-song EP, which peaked at number six on the Country Albums chart and rose to 51 on the Top 200 Albums listing, while "Backroad Song" became a Top Ten country single, peaking at number one on Billboard's Country Airplay charts. In January 2016, Smith was named Hottest Artist to Watch in 2016 by the online magazine Taste of Country, and his major-label debut, Remington, saw release in March 2016. The following year saw Smith issue his ninth full-length outing, When the Good Guys Win, which featured the single "Happens Like That". ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Dallas, TX
  • BORN
    September 4, 1979

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