GRANGER SMITH "DIRT ROAD DRIVEWAY"
In stores & iTunes April 16th
Late last August, I was getting ready for college football and caught Robert Earl Keen and Granger Smith getting ready to play a show at Kyle Field. Granger grabs me and hands me his phone and says “Hey Drake, give this a listen & let me know what you think.” What I heard was “We Do It In A Field.” I noticed it was a bit of a departure from what he put out on his Poets & Prisoners record. It was still catchy and hooky, but it was also a little more country. Granger said it was somewhere between Poets & Prisoners and Earl Dibbles.
Granger is never going to be the raw, Red Dirt, Americana type of singer/songwriter. The songs that he writes are still real, even if they are a bit more polished than some fans are used to. His new CD Dirt Road Driveway drives home that he knows who he is and what he does best. Kicking off with “We Do It In A Field” Granger follows it up with “If Money Didn’t Matter.” He writes what he knows saying “I know who I am, I’m a rich man every single day because if money didn’t matter, it wouldn’t matter anyway.” If you’ve seen the way Granger is with his wife Amber and daughter London, you’d know that lyric is as true as any other in your favorite song. The song is a story of a man in love and comfortable where he is in his life, mixed with a very cool melodic guitar and piano.
Track three “Stick Around” gets going with a drum beat that hooks you in. If you’ve ever what an artist thinks about when he’s away from his family, this is a song you need to listen to. As much as they love what they do, sometimes they just want to stick around the house for the weekend.
“19 Forever”, not a ground breaking look back at being young and in love, but it’s a fun tune. I can see it working really well at live shows with it’s easy to sing along to lyrics.
“I Am The Midnight”, “Miles And Mud Tires” are both going to be great songs to roll the window down on a road trip. “Come” is a song that plays on a little double entendre that will always get a smirk out of me. “Silverado Bench Seat” is another fun upbeat love song. I’ve got to talk to him about changing it to “F-150 Bench Seat” though… “Easy” slows it down with great lyrics about being with the right person.
Perhaps my favorite song on the record is “Bury Me In Blue Jeans.” It’s a song that hits home with me on just about every level. I spent my life in boots & blue jeans, so that’s how I want to go out! It might not be a big radio hit, but it’s one that I think deserves a solid listen when you get the album!
The last two songs on the record are the phenomenon that is Earl Dibbles Jr. Yes, you heard that right, there’s a new Earl song ready to take the world by storm. “Country Boy Love” has maybe the greatest lyrics of the record “This country boy love is what you need, we can knock them boots and yell Yee Yee.” I mean, that right there is reason enough to buy this CD! “The Country Boy Song” wraps the album up.
There’s room enough in this scene for all sorts of artists. Granger is smoother and more polished than most everyone else out there, but I ask you, is that a bad thing? He’s still doing songs from his heart and his experiences. That’s what makes Texas/Red Dirt music the best right? Doing what we want without having some dude in a suit tell us how we’re doing it wrong. So if you love real music that speaks to you from the soul of an artist, pick up a copy of Dirt Road Driveway.
Check out this picture from a new video coming from Granger!