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Granger Smith designed Dirt Road Driveway, his 2013 album -- and his first to not be self-released -- as something of a demo tape: it was big, bright, and assured, the kind of record that functioned as a calling card for his commercial potential. Fittingly, it earned him a shot at the big time, with Wheelhouse Records, a subsidiary of Broken Bow, snapping him up and releasing Remington in March of 2016. By that point, "Backroad Song" -- a bright, cheerful slice of pop designed for sunny days -- had reached Billboard's Country Top Ten, so Smith's long-simmering desire was finally fulfilled: he became the mainstream country star he always longed to be. Smith has been working at his music so long, it's not entirely a surprise that Remington sounds just a shade behind the times in 2016, lacking any of the R&B rhythms or soul moves of Sam Hunt or Thomas Rhett. Smith certainly wouldn't be mistaken for a hairy outlaw along the lines of Chris Stapleton, either. He's a polite country boy following in the footsteps of Kenny Chesney, a guy who sounds like he's singing a ballad even when the surfaces gleam and the tempo quickens...or when he sings about tractors, for that matter. Such amiability means Remington has its charms even when it tends to rework the same territory. Nothing here really rocks -- if anything, the album is more likely to slide into a slow dance, as it does on the Brooke Eden duet "Crazy as Me" -- but nothing here flirts with vulgarity, either, which means Smith is something of a throwback himself: he's a reminder of how pop-country sounded in the years between Garth Brooks and bro-country.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2016
Label: Wheelhouse Records
UPC: 0697481677724
catalogNumber: 16777
Rank: 27456

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Granger Smith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Voices
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Milo Deering   Mandolin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Michael Holleman   Drums
Jerry MacPherson   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano
Brian Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Brian David Willis   Voices
Derek Wells   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Chris Lee   Background Vocals,Voices
Frank Rogers   Electric Guitar,Voices
Chad Jeffers   Dobro
Jerry Roe   Percussion,Drums
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar
Amber Smith   Background Vocals
Manny Rogers   Voices
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Bazouki
Geoff Ashcraft   Electric Guitar
Mike Johnson   Dobro
Kenny Greenburg   Electric Guitar
Dusty Saxton   Drums,Snare Drums
Mitch Connell   Piano
Todd Howard   Electric Guitar,Voices
Carl Miner   Mandolin
Jonathan Wisinski   Bass,Voices
Tyler Smith   Voices
Bull Shipley   Voices
Brooke Eden   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian David Willis   overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Richard Barrow   Engineer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Chris Lee   Composer
Frank Rogers   Composer,Producer,drum programming,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Nathan Zwald   overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Shauna Dodds   Art Direction
Jordan Schmidt   Composer
Granger Smith   Composer,Producer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer,Drum Producer
Andy Albert   Composer
Sarah Dodds   Art Direction
Dusty Saxton   Composer,drum programming
Jaron Boyer   Composer
Westin Davis   Composer
Tyler Smith   Composer
Earl Dibbles   Composer
Austin Outlaw   Composer
Josh Mirenda   Composer
Mitchell Tenpenny   Composer

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