Granger Smith Readies Two-Part Album, ‘Country Things’
Granger Smith just announced a two-part album and the first volume is coming next month. The singer/songwriter, along with his…
Granger Smith; Photo by Jeremy Cowart
Granger Smith just announced a two-part album and the first volume is coming next month.
The singer/songwriter, along with his wife and children, revealed the news on their YouTube channel, The Smiths, sharing that the first installment of the project arrives on September 25.
Dubbed Country Things, the eight-song volume offers fans a glimpse into the family’s life after the tragic passing after River Smith, who drowned in their backyard pool in the summer of 2019. Now, Smith has a new outlook on life and music.
“My life is just…different now. Or maybe a better way to put it is, I see life differently now,” he shares. “This collection focuses on the things that money and politics and status can’t buy. The things that you can center on and I want to live my life for. The things you want to raise your kids with and find joy in. The country things.”
Country Things Vol. 1 is the follow-up to Smith’s 2017 release When the Good Guys Win.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.