Mike Sudhalter | August 28, 2009
Granger Smith is one of the top artists in Texas
He's one of the top artists in Texas, but his sound is more Nashville. Polished tunes, catchy hooks, cowboy hat and neo-traditional country music.
Still, he tears up the Texas Music Charts with songs like "Don't Listen To The Radio" and "Colorblind."
He wrote one of the best modern day school songs - "We Bleed Maroon" - which has helped start a scholarship fund at his alma mater, Texas A&M.
He performed for one of the greatest presidents of the 21st Century/fellow Texan, George W. Bush.
When will Granger Smith get his big break in Nashville? His songs are sentimental and people can relate to them.
One of his best songs is "Long Way From OK" with the double entendre of "being OK" and a romance gone bad in Oklahoma. In it, he sings "time flies and love does too, how'd I ever believe that dreams come true? With a girl like that, I got it bad and she got gone."
Then, he heads south to Texas. His broken heart gets so bad that he contemplates going even further south, to Mexico.
The only thing about the song is that it's pretty upbeat for a guy who's broke and who's girlfriend just left him. But maybe he's got a positive outlook, and that's a good thing - a refreshing thing, especially in country music's tradition of crying in your beer.