American Roots Recording Artist


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    Downloable One-Sheets

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    Grant’s ONE SHEET - updated for 2017 and the Dust Bowl album. Click to download the PDF.
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    Grant’s ONE SHEET - for EDUCATION venues and organizations. Click to download the PDF.

    About Grant

    Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His 2017 album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" is earning rave reviews, including one from NO DEPRESSION, the bible of American Roots music:

    "A heartland masterpiece .... lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie ... Sent chils down my spine ... Grant is flawless ... Bound to become a classic ... Grant's ability to capture the heartland in his music is amazing ... A reminder of the darker period of Bob Dylan, and it’s that good, that memorable ... Grant Maloy Smith at his cleverest..."
    ~John Apice, No Depression Magazine

    You can read the entire review here, in context:

    (Available on, iTunes, Amazon, etc). Dust Bowl - American Stories will be submitted for consideration in the 60th Grammy® awards. The album is being promoted to reporting, Music Row, and non-reporting stations, and internet radio, as well as on the popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and more. Grant is already on the AMA Radio charts with the first single from the record, "I Come From America."

    Dust Bowl - American Stories is an Americana/American Roots album is set squarely in the middle of the Oklahoma panhandle during the 1930s, when a terrible drought and the Great Depression struck at the same time. The stories that come out of these travails are full of hope and despair, optimism and regret... the full range of human emotions and experiences. This album's basic tracks were cut in New York, and features great players from Cyndi Lauper's band, as well Lorenza Ponce on violin (Adele, Bon Jovi, Sam Smith) and Tommy Mandel (Bryan Adams, Dire Straits). Overdubs were cut in Nashville and feature great players like Rob Ickes on dobro (Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter), Mike Johnson on pedal steel (Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley. Carrie Underwood, Rhonda Vincent, George Strait, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr.), Steve Stokes on fiddle (John Michael Montgomery, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner - currently playing with ALABAMA on tour), Jeff Taylor on accordion (The Time Jumpers, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Harry Connick Jr., Keith and Kristyn Getty, Amy Grant, George Strait, Martina McBride, Buddy Greene, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs), and more.

    Grant is a member of the Recording Academy (the Grammys®), the AMA, the CMA, and is a BMI Recording artist.


    • Opening act for Rita Coolidge, John Ford Coley & Pousette-Dart
    • Performances at The Bitter End in New York, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, SXSW in Austin, The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, the National Sylvan Theatre at the Washington Monument in DC…
    • Guest artist at the Station Inn in Nashville with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Val Story
    • Sold-out shows in numerous markets, including Hollywood (Kulak’s), Austria (die Brücke), and Puerto Vallarta, México.
    • 2017 DUST BOWL album features A-list players from Nashville, including Rob Ickes (dobro and lap steel), Mike Johnson (pedal steel and lap steel), Steve Stokes (fiddle and mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion), Tim Lorsch (cello, viola), Troy Klontz (pedal steel, dobro), Matt Burgess (drums/percussion). Basic tracks were cut in New York with Cyndi Lauper’s rhythm section: Bill Wittman (bass), and Skoota Warner (drums), plus Tommy Mandel (keyboards), Lorenza Ponce (violin), and more.
    • Promoted by HyPR MEDIA in the USA
    • A dynamic performer, capable of carrying a show solo acoustic, or with a band up to 5 pieces.

    I Come From America

    Daddy, If You Have To Go

    Lily of the Valley

    All The Long Way

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    Grant has performed in top and storied venues across the USA, including:

    The Bitter End, New York City
    The Clive Davis Theatre @ The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles
    The Troubadour, Los Angeles
    The National Sylvan Theatre, Washington, DC
    The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville

    Here is a longer list of the venues he’s played:
    Northeastern Venues played:
    The Ardmore Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA
    The Bitter End, New York, NY
    Silvana, New York, NY
    Tokyo Tapas, New York, NY
    Madiba, Brooklyn, NY
    Leftfields, New York, NY
    Connecticut Folk Festival, New Haven, CT
    Mocha Mayas, Shelburne Falls, MA
    Puck, Doylestown, PA
    Farm Fest II, New Tripoli, PA
    The Courthouse Center for the Arts, West Kingston, RI
    The Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, Providence, RI
    The Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, RI
    AS220, Providence, RI
    Dante’s @ Royal Sonesta, Boston, MA
    The Block Island Music Festival, New Shoreham, RI
    The Mishnock Barn, West Greenwich, RI
    The Pub on Park, Cranston, RI
    Sandywoods Center for the Arts, Tiverton, RI
    The Stand, Branford, CT
    Spindrift Guitars, New London, CT
    NERFA, Stamford, CT
    SENE Festival, W Warwick, RI
    Jimmy’s, Newport, RI
    The Mediator, Providence, RI
    Dedham Square, Dedham, MA

    Midatlantic Venues played:
    National Sylvan Theatre, Washington, DC
    Gaylord, National Harbor, MD
    The Bandshell, Frederick, MD

    Southern Venues played:
    ACMA Listening Room, Ft Myers, FL
    Acoustic Coffee House, Johnson City, TN
    Belcourt Taps, Nashville, TN
    Blue Bird Cafe, Nashville, TN
    Bobby’s Idle Hour, Nashville, TN
    Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville, TN
    Factory at Franklin, Franklin, TN
    Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s Crawford, TN
    Nashville Side Streets, Nashville, TN
    Pros on the Row, Nashville, TN
    Ri’chards, Whites Creek, TN
    Saugs, Hendersonville, TN
    Sir Walter’s, Beckley, WV
    Sleeping Moon, Orlando, FL
    South Florida Folk Festival, Ft Lauderdale, FL
    Station Inn, Nashville, TN
    Midwest Venues played:
    The Gallery Cafe, Chicago, IL
    Jam Lab, Chicago, IL
    JustGoods Listening Room, Rockford, IL

    Southwestern Venues played:
    SXSW (multiple venues), Austin, TX
    The Red Gorilla Festival, Austin, TX
    The Opening Bell, Dallas, TX
    The Gallery, Houston, TX
    J&O’s Cantina, San Antonio, TX
    Sancho’s Cantina, San Antonio, TX
    Adair’s Saloon, Dallas, TX
    The Texas Mushroom Festival, Madisonville, TX
    Mesa Music Festival, Mesa, AZ
    BR Vino, Rosenberg, TX
    RPT’s Library, Salado, TX

    Western Venues played:
    Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Kulak's Woodshed, North Hollywood, CA
    Foundation Room @ The House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
    Voodoo Lounge @ The House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
    Atwater Village Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
    The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena, CA
    The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
    The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
    Molly Malone’s, Los Angeles, CA
    Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles, CA
    Cranes Downtown, Los Angeles, CA
    The VA, Long Beach, CA
    The Muse on 8th, Los Angeles, CA

    International Venues played:
    Die Bruecke, Graz, Austria
    Weingut Thaller, Maierhofbergen, Austria
    Porgy en Bess, Terneuzen, Netherlands
    Boca, Glastonbury, England
    Red Cow, London, England
    Crossing the Border, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    Grant has opened for these artists:

    Rita Coolidge
    Jon Pousette-Dart
    John Ford Coley
    The Guess Who
    Elvin Bishop
    Jack Bruce and Friends

    NO DEPRESSION ran a review of Grant’s new album “Dust Bowl - American Stories”, by music critic John Apice

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    Quotes from the review include:

    “…songs that have the lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie, as intense as John Trudell and dusted with the trials and tribulations of Tom Joad – Steinbeck and “The Grapes of Wrath.”

    “…a stew of American stories I don’t think any other singer/songwriter can approach today…”

    “(Old Black Roller) This is a monster track – bound to become a classic…”

    “Grant’s ability to capture the heartland in his music is amazing.”

    “…this is all Grant Maloy Smith at his cleverest. And for my buck, this is where commercial country doesn’t go.”

    “This is Grant Maloy Smith’s “Nebraska” and he has written a heartland masterpiece.”

    “Grant is flawless in his interpretation and the music has guts with countrified rousing notes.”

    JamSpace ran a review of Grant’s new album “Dust Bowl - American Stories”

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    Quotes from the review include:

    “…Smith is every bit as talented a songwriter as any latter-half-of-the-20th-century roots music composers I can think of.”

    “…I’m beginning to think Grant Maloy Smith is a genius…”

    “It amazes me how Smith can blend the various song styles into a recording that flows so effortlessly, as he moves though Bluegrass, Country and Folk themes – All naturally held together by his extraordinary voice and range…”

    “His voice has that heart-rending broken tone that squeezes every bit of emotion out of the lyrics.”

    “There are only a small handful of artists on this planet at any given time worth listening to musically. Grant Maloy Smith is definitely one of them”

    5/11/2017: THE DAILY VOICE ran a feature on Grant and his new album “Dust Bowl - American Stories”

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    4/14/2017: NO DEPRESSION magazine ran a feature on Grant’s song “Old Black Roller” on the anniversary of Black Sunday, April 14, 1935

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    03/31/2017: VENTS magazine ran an interview with Grant:

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    04/1/2017: BMG Magazine ran an article about Grant and the Dust Bowl - American Stories album:

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    01/21//2017: The Huffington Post ran an article about Grant and the organization that he co-founded for other musicians called the Indie Collaborative:

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    06/23/2016: The South County Independent newspaper ran an article about Grant

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    Grant Maloy Smith was interviewed on the Life Changes Radio Network on BBS Radio in September 2015
    He also performed live on the show. The interviewer was co-founder Filippo Voltaggio

    The show is aired weekly on Monday nights at 7pm Pacific, and also streamed on the internet.
    Grant was interviewed on the Lins Honeyman Gospel Blues Train show from Scotland, in July 2015
    One of his songs, Old Black Roller, was also played on the air

    This show is aired weekly on the Scottish radio station Revival FM!radio-show/cjiy

    Philadelphia Songwriters Project 2017

    Grant was selected as a finalist in this contest, and brought in to perform his songs at the Ardmore Music Hall near Philadelphia, on May 21, 2017

    Winning Song - I Come From America
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    Indie Music Channel Awards 2017

    For the second year in a row, Grant received multiple nominations in these Hollywood awards, and was asked to perform at the awards show. In 2017 the awards will be held at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 23.

    Best Male Americana Artist
    Best Americana Song “I Come From America”
    Best Classic Country Artist
    Best Classic Country Song “Daddy, If You Have To Go”
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    Indie Music Channel Awards 2016

    Grant won two awards and also performed one of his award-winning songs at the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, accompanied by Rocio Marron, violinist from The Voice and American Idol.

    Best Folk Artist - Your Fire
    Best American Roots Song - Old Black Roller

    56th Grammy® Awards

    Grant’s album Yellow Trailer was on the ballot for Best Americana album

    59th Grammy® Awards

    Grant was an associate producer on the Grammy® winning album, “Presidential Suite” by Ted Nash and his big band, awarded on February 12, 2017.
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