Nov 16, 2018
I sit down with Grant Maloy Smith, an Americana and Country artists from Florida!
Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His latest album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" spent 17 weeks on the Billboard charts, including 10 weeks in the TOP 10 of the Americana/Folk Album Sales Chart, and reached as high as #12 on the Country Album Sales Chart, and #2 on the Heatseekers Chart (across all genres). The album continues to earn rave reviews, like this one from NO DEPRESSION, the bible of American Roots music:
"A heartland masterpiece .... lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie ... Sent chills down my spine ... Grant is flawless ... Bound to become a classic ... Grant's ability to capture the heartland in his music is amazing ... A reminder of the darker period of Bob Dylan, and it’s that good, that memorable ... Grant Maloy Smith at his cleverest..." ~NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE
You can read the entire review here, in context: http://nodepression.com/album-review/expressive-original-songs-steeped-dirt-reality-dust-bowl-depression-era
Dust Bowl - American Stories is an Americana/American Roots album is set squarely in the middle of the Oklahoma panhandle during the 1930s, when a terrible drought and the Great Depression struck at the same time. The stories that come out of these travails are full of hope and despair, optimism and regret... the full range of human emotions and experiences.
The album's basic tracks were cut in New York, and features great players from Cyndi Lauper's band, as well Lorenza Ponce on violin (Adele, Bon Jovi, Sam Smith) and Tommy Mandel (Bryan Adams, Dire Straits). Overdubs were cut in Nashville and feature great players like Rob Ickes on dobro (Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter), Mike Johnson on pedal steel (Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley. Carrie Underwood, Rhonda Vincent, George Strait, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr.), Steve Stokes on fiddle (John Michael Montgomery, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner - currently playing with ALABAMA on tour), Jeff Taylor on accordion (The Time Jumpers, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Harry Connick Jr., Keith and Kristyn Getty, Amy Grant, George Strait, Martina McBride, Buddy Greene, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs), and more.
Grant is a member of the Recording Academy (the Grammys®), the AMA, the CMA, and is a BMI Recording artist.
Opening act for Rita Coolidge, John Ford Coley & Pousette-Dart
Performances at The Bitter End in New York, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, SXSW in Austin, The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, the National Sylvan Theatre at the Washington Monument in DC…
Guest artist at the Station Inn in Nashville with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Val Story
Sold-out shows in numerous markets, including Hollywood (Kulak’s), Austria (die Brücke), and Puerto Vallarta, México.
2017 DUST BOWL album features A-list players from Nashville, including Rob Ickes (dobro and lap steel), Mike Johnson (pedal steel and lap steel), Steve Stokes (fiddle and mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion), Tim Lorsch (cello, viola), Troy Klontz (pedal steel, dobro), Matt Burgess (drums/percussion). Basic tracks were cut in New York with Cyndi Lauper’s rhythm section: Bill Wittman (bass), and Skoota Warner (drums), plus Tommy Mandel (keyboards), Lorenza Ponce (violin), and more.
Promoted by FRED ANDERSON MEDIA in the USA
A dynamic performer, capable of carrying a show solo acoustic, or with a band up to 6 pieces.
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