Smith travels the "Backroad"
Thursday, September 10, 2015
– Granger Smith released the first music ever on Wheelhouse Records today with "Backroad Song."
Wheelhouse is part of the Broken Bow Music Group. Smith, a Texas artist, announced last month he was signing with the label.
"Backroad Song," which was penned by his producer, Frank Rogers, and Smith, is from his "4x4" EP. That came out in May as one of four songs on the release. The song goes for ads on Oct. 5.
Smith has previously released seven full-length albums, one live disc and an EP on his own.
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