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Artist of the Month

 

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 4×4, 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”.

-AllMusic.com

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Merle Haggard Museum Coming To Nashville 

Posted On October 31, 2017

Merle Haggard is joining the likes of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. The country music icon will also have his own museum in downtown Nashville. Haggard's family made the announcement yesterday. It's slated to open next summer.  

Luke Bryan Crashes Wedding In Savannah, Georgia

Posted On October 31, 2017

What would you do if Luke Bryan crashed your wedding? That's exactly what happened to a couple in Savannah, Georgia over the weekend. Bryan was there judging the American Idol auditions when he took the camera crew down the street and "crashed" a wedding reception. Bryan led the guests into a rendition of his hit…

Ballerini To Headline “Unapologetically” Tour

Posted On October 31, 2017

Kelsea Ballerini is announcing "The Unapologetically Tour." It kicks off in February in Birmingham, Alabama and includes stops in New York, Seattle and Nashville. Walker Hayes and Bailey Bryan will join Ballerini on her headlining tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Blake Shelton Announcing “Country Music Freaks Tour” 

Posted On October 31, 2017

Blake Shelton is hitting the road in 2018. He's announcing his "Country Music Freaks Tour." The first stop is Tulsa, Oklahoma in mid-February. Other stops include St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Shelton will be joined by Brett Eldridge and Carly Pearce. Tickets go on sale November 10th. Blake Shelton's 2018 Country Music Freaks Tour Dates:…

Chris Stapleton And Wife Are Expecting Twins 

Posted On October 31, 2017

Chris Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, are expecting twins. Morgane Stapleton made the announcement yesterday -- the couple's tenth wedding anniversary. She posted on Instagram, quote, "14 years, 2 babies & 2 more on the way." Morgane did not say how far along in her pregnancy she was.