Friday, March 19, 2021
– Canaan Smith opts for a "High Country Sound" on his sophomore album, out April 19 on Florida Georgia Line's Round Here Records.
"This whole album felt like a chance to make something that I truly wanted, which was extremely liberating, but also nerve-racking because I became the one responsible for the project," Smith said. "I really focused on having fun with it, and I didn't feel pressure from anyone to do anything in particular. It all came from a place of my own personal love for these songs. Taking control and kind of steering the project in the way I wanted just made the outcome that much more special, and I couldn't be prouder of it."
The disc is the follow-up to "Bronco," which came out in 2015.
The 12-track project features everything from bluegrass-tinged, swampy singalongs like "Catch Me If You Can" featuring Brent Cobb to raw, lyrically driven ballads including "Like I Ain't Missin' You."
Smith made his debut as sole producer on eight of the 12 tracks, while coproducing the rest of the set alongside Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.
The track list is:
1. "Grounded" (Canaan Smith, Jim Beavers, Ben Stennis) *
2. "Mason Jars & Fireflies" (Canaan Smith, Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder) *
3. "Colder Than You" (Canaan Smith, Jared Mullins, Corey Crowder) ^
4. "High Country" (Canaan Smith, Blake Redferrin, Corey Crowder) ^
5. "Catch Me If You Can" featuring Brent Cobb (Canaan Smith, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, Jason Afable) *
6. "Cabin In The Woods" (Canaan Smith, Josh Miller, Brian Kelley, David Garcia) ^
7. "American Dream" (Canaan Smith, Blair Daly) *
8. "Sweet Virginia" (Canaan Smith, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder) ^
9. "Still" (Canaan Smith, Ben Stennis, Jim Beavers) *
10. "Like I Ain't Missin' You" (Canaan Smith, Blake Redferrin, Jason Afable) *
11. "Highway Blues" (Canaan Smith, Jake Rose, Brian Kelley) *
12. "Losin' Sleep Over A Girl" (Canaan Smith, Marv Green, Kyle Fishman) *
* Produced by Canaan Smith
^ Produced by Canaan Smith, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard