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Granger Smith Releases Collaboration of ‘That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads’ With Rapper Lathan Warlick

Granger Smith has released a powerful collaboration of his current single “That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads” featuring Christian rapper Lathan Warlick. Smith’s wife, Amber, introduced him to Lathan Warlick’s Instagram a couple months ago and instantly was drawn to his rebranding of different songs that portray his own testimonies of life battles and subsequent renewal.

In a May 27 Instagram post (click here to see) Smith shared Warlick’s clip with a note, ”A few months ago, Amber found @lathanwarlick and showed me his insta page. He was taking popular tunes, adding his own lyrics and completely rebranding the songs with his own stories of life, struggle, rebirth and testimony. I loved it instantly.”

He continued, “I reached out via DM and we hit it off right away. (And one day we’ll take our boys fishin) This dude, through his own path, has pulled the layers back on life and sees things in a new way…with truth, integrity and God first. I only hope that one day I can see as clearly as he does.”

“That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads” elevates the dirt road to a place of sanctuary and honor and becomes more than an ode to growing up off the grid. Although still nostalgic, the lyrics are much deeper than just good times on backroads. And that feeling is elevated by Warlick’s powerful lyrical additions. Warlick raps over the track:

You never know what to expect or what’s coming next when riding them dirt roads, the gravel and dust might throw you off if I’m ready or not only God knows. It’s hard trynna hold it together when I lost a couple of people along the ride, wish I could roll back the hands on a clock just to tell ’em, “I love you” just one more time.

The collaboration is released fresh on the heels of the announce of Smith’s new twice-weekly “Live at the Yee Yee Farm: Shop Set.” Last Monday, Smith premiered his “Live at the Yee Yee Farm: Shop Set” on YouTube where he and his band come together at the Yee Yee Shop at his farm and host around a 30-minute set in a relaxing atmosphere at 6:30pm CT (12:30am BST) on Mondays and Thursdays.

On June 12th, Smith’s outdoor lifestyle brand YeeYee Apparel  is hosting one of its biggest launches to date. What does “Yee Yee” mean? It is simply defined as “Live it!” Smith has released many past examples of “Yee Yee,” from his first #1 single “Backroad Song” to “Happens Like That,” his newest single, which is the original version of the collaboration with Lathan Warlick, “That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads” is another angle of Smith’s perspective of living the “Yee Yee” life.

Smith is also known for his alter-ego Earl Dibbles Jr. Together Smith and Dibbles Jr. have created a massive online presence. From Smith’s YouTube series, “The Smiths” to Dibbles Jr.’s satirical, gut-busting music videos such as “Country Boy Love,” “they” have generated over one billion online video views and gained over seven and a half million social media followers and counting. They are the proud leaders of Yee Yee Nation, which has essentially become a community of its own where people share a passion of the outdoors and living life to the fullest.

Over the course of his groundbreaking career, Granger Smith has amassed a massive and rabid audience now known as “Yee Yee Nation” built through heavy touring and grassroots fan engagement. He now has a social media following of over seven and a half million along with over one billion online video views. Signed to BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records, Smith broke into the national scene with Remington, an album that garnered him the No. 1 smash “Backroad Song.” Smith was also awarded a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing and performing “Backroad Song” and followed it with the Top Five hit, “If The Boot Fits.” “Backroad Song” was one of the Top 10 Most Played Country singles of 2016 according to Mediabase and has been certified RIAA PLATINUM. He was nominated as Best New Country Artist for the 2017 iHeartRadio Awards and was included in the 2017 crop of artists honored during the CRS “New Faces” show. His album When The Good Guys Win spawned the hit “Happens Like That” that peaked at 13 on Country charts. Not only has Granger stacked major accolades as an artist, but he also released his first-ever book If You’re City, If You’re Country, which immediately hit No. 1 on Amazon best-selling lists upon its pre-order announcement. He toured with Kane Brown for a good part of 2019 and will soon announce more upcoming tour dates.

Listen to “That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads” everywhere digitally now. Keep up with Granger Smith on FacebookInstagramYouTube and Twitter and visit his website here.


Annette Gibbons
Hi, I’m Annette, I have been a huge country music fan since the early 90s those were the days we were lucky enough to have CMT in the UK. I enjoy nothing more than listening to country music whilst having a cold beer (or a moonshine) with friends. I try to as many gigs as I can here in the UK and in the USA; I think of Nashville as my second home and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends in Tennessee. Think Country is something I am very proud of, I just want to share my love and passion of all things country music related with you all.
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