NYCS First Impression: Granger Smith ‘When the Good Guys Win’
Granger Smith’s latest album, When the Good Guys Win is available everywhere today. While his last record Remington featured only songs Smith wrote, this album leans away from that a bit, letting the best song win and features a mix of songs from many different writers. He decided to be the voice of some great songs written by Frank Rogers, Ben Hayslip, Tommy Cecil and Seth Ennis. Smith, however, did co-write eight of the fourteen tracks making this project well rounded and unapologetically honest.
The first single off of the project, “Happens Like That” was written by Smith along with Jordan M. Schmidt, Andrew Albert, Justin Wilson and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. It is currently sitting in the top 40 on the country charts and is only the first of probably many from the project that will take to country radio.
His giant fan base, known as “Yee Yee Nation” has organically grown over his career and this record will allow his audience to dig deep into the next phase of his career. All of the songs have a strong tie to love, faith and being grateful for what life has given you. While “Everybody Lives”, “Reppin’ My Roots” and “Home Cooked Meal” are raw, meaningful and poignant, the record also has plenty of fun moments for the live show. “Still Holds Up” and “When the Good Guys Win” are feel-good songs that help to round out the project.
One of the highlights is “Raise Up Your Glass”, encouraging listeners to relish in the little victories in life.
“Raise up your glass and make a toast / to all the times that mean the most / Go on and let your worries roll right off your back / We still got some memories left to make / a whole lot of shots left to take / so let’s hold ’em high and live tonight like it’s our last / raise up your glass.”
You can almost see concert-goers lifting up their beers in the air, singing along to the anthemic track.
For fans of Smith’s alter ego, Earl Dibble’s Jr., don’t worry he makes an appearance in the 13th song, “Don’t Tread on Me”. “Each of these 14 tracks fills an important space and it is my hope that they take you on a ride through peaks and valleys, from light-hearted to painfully honest and then back out again,” Smith says in a recent press release. Wrapping up his opening spot on Luke Bryan’s Huntin’ Fishin’ Lovin’ Tour and kicking off his own headlining “Don’t Tread On Me” tour, Smith is busy as ever promoting his brand new album. Check out the full tour dates below and grab When the Good Guys Win on iTunes.
“Don’t Tread On Me” Headlining Tour (11/3 – 12/29)
11/3/17 7 Flags Event Center Clive, IA
11/4/17 Surf Ballroom Clear Lake, IA
11/5/17 The Blue Note Columbia, MO
11/10/17 Grand Casino Mille Lacs – Event Center Onamia, MN
11/11/17 Limelight Eventplex Peoria, IL
11/16/17 The Stage on Bay Savannah, GA
11/17/17 Double Dee’s Ranch West Palm Beach, FL
11/18/17 The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon Fort Myers, FL
11/22/17 Stampede Houston Houston, TX
12/14/17 The City Center Champaign, IL
12/15/17 8 Seconds Saloon Indianapolis, IN
12/16/17 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
12/17/17 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
12/29/17 Brewster Street Ice House Corpus Christi, TX
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