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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 2017 album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" is earning rave reviews, including one from NO DEPRESSION, the bible of American Roots music:
"A heartland masterpiece .... lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie ... Sent chils 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..."
~John Apice, 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
(Available on CDbaby.com, iTunes, Amazon, etc). Dust Bowl - American Stories will be submitted for consideration in the 60th Grammy® awards. The album is being promoted to reporting, Music Row, and non-reporting stations, and internet radio, as well as on the popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and more. Grant is already on the AMA Radio charts with the first single from the record, "I Come From America."
The album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" landed on the Billboard charts on 6/27/17 - starting at #24 on the Americana/Folk Album Sales chart, #48 in the Country Album sales chart, and #25 in the Heatseekers chart (official week of 7/8/17).
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. This 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.
Grant Maloy Smith