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Granger Smith to Release “4×4″ on May 4

Granger Smith

Following his 80+ city, sold-out headlining “YEE YEE NATION” tour, country music sensation Granger Smith announced today his forthcoming EP, 4X4, will be available on May 4 via Thirty Tigers. Esteemed producer Frank Rogers, whose credits include Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner, helmed the four-song project, which includes a new track from Granger’s notorious country boy alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr.

The EP’s debut single, “Backroad Song,” has garnered the #2 spot on the iTunes Country chart and has been applauded for its “strong songwriting” and “vivid imagery” (Taste of Country). The song impacts national radio and is available on iTunes today. Click HERE to listen to the track. An official lyric video will accompany the song and will hit YouTube and social media tomorrow.

“After years of making music in my home studio, it’s an honor to collaborate with my long time friend, Frank Rogers on this new EP and full length album,” said Smith. “I consider Frank as having the best ear for a country song in the entire industry and it has been so inspiring watching our two worlds come together to make music. As busy as I’ve gotten the last few years on tour, there’s no way for me to handle an entire project by myself anymore. The albums I release are stories of my life and there is no one I trust more with my songs than Frank Rogers.”

“I have been a friend and fan of Granger Smith for a long time,” mimicked Rogers. “He is a uniquely talented artist who has an amazing way of connecting with his fans through his music.  He is honest, heartfelt, and down right hilarious. It has been an honor and a blast to collaborate with Granger on his new album. I feel the sky is the limit for Granger and I am proud to be along for the ride.”

Granger Smith is taking the U.S. by storm. His current “YEE YEE NATION” national tour has sold out and broken attendance records and merchandise sales records at nearly every venue. With a staggering 28.4 million YouTube views, a rabid social media following of over 3.3 million, Smith’s posts, shares and retweets generate astonishing engagement levels. On average, a post from Granger on Facebook reaches over 1 million and a post from his alter-ego “Earl Dibbles Jr.” reaches a whopping 22 million. Never in the history of country music has an unsigned artist had this kind of loyal and unwavering fanbase.

4X4 track listing:
1. Backroad Song
2. Tonight
3. Tailgate Town
4. City Boy Stuck (featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.)

“The Big Interview” Returns with Trisha Yearwood Joining Dan Rather

Trisha Yearwood

The Big Interview returns to AXS TV with seven new episodes as part of its third season on Tuesday, April 14, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Hosted by news veteran Dan Rather, the in-depth interview series presents exclusive sit-down discussions with a wide variety of influential figures from all across the entertainment spectrum, as the award-winning reporter gets them to open up about their personal lives and esteemed careers. In the first-half of its third season, which premiered on January 13, The Big Interview featured a roster of A-list guests including Carlos Santana, Wynonna Judd, and Don Rickles, among others.

Season three continues with an impressive roster of award-winning entertainers, kicking off with beloved country star Trisha Yearwood on April 14, as the three-time GRAMMY® winner discusses her lifelong drive to sing, her marriage to fellow country superstar Garth Brooks, and her biggest regrets. Then, as a special lead-in to the network’s broadcast of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, legendary 20-time GRAMMY® winner, singer, songwriter, musician, and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Vince Gill joins Rather on April 21.

Also appearing on The Big Interview this season is GRAMMY®-winning singer, songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Lindsey Buckingham on April 28; critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, actor and record producer Josh Groban on May 5; Southern Rock superstars Florida Georgia Line on May 12; Paul Haggis, the two-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker behind such films as CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY and CASINO ROYALE, on May 19 and a true musical icon Frankie Valli on May 26.

The Big Interview Premiere Schedule (Tuesdays, 8 pm ET/5 pm PT)
April 14 – The Big Interview: Trisha Yearwood
April 21 – The Big Interview: Vince Gill
April 28 – The Big Interview: Lindsey Buckingham
May 5 – The Big Interview: Josh Groban
May 12 – The Big Interview: Florida Georgia Line
May 19 – The Big Interview: Paul Haggis
May 26 – The Big Interview: Frankie Valli

Natalie Maines Sells House In Austin


Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks has sold her house in Austin, Texas, for $1.82 million.

Variety reports Natalie and her husband, “Agents of SHIELD” actor Adrian Pasdar, sold the house in January. It’s a 4,600-square foot yellow house built in 1938. It has a pool with a waterfall.

Natalie and Adrian still own a house in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift Gets Apology From Princeton Review


The Princeton Review is acknowledging its mistake to Taylor Swift. A fan had sent Taylor a sample question from a Princeton Review SAT prep book using her song “Fifteen” as an example of poor grammar. The question had the lyric as “Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe ‘em.” It’s actually “Somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe ‘em.” Taylor’s response to the fan, “Not the right lyrics at all pssshhhh. You had one job, test people. One job.”

Princeton Review has tweeted an apology to Taylor and asked her to choose a grammar fan for two tickets to one of her shows, on the company’s dime.

Technically, the grammar in the correct lyric is still wrong. Proper English would be, “If somebody tells you he or she loves you, you’re going to believe him or her.”

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