Music Monday Featured Artist: Jo Smith

Fulfilling a lifelong dream, captivating singer and artist Jo Smith has released her first full-length album Wyoming October 21.

“I grew up listening to my dad’s vinyl record collection and moved to Nashville with a dream of making a record with a story and songs that last, I think I did that with Wyoming. ”

With a Rocky Mountain backdrop, the nine-song album, produced by Brandon Hood, includes songs written with legendary Nashville songwriters Mark Nesler, Tony Martin, Dean Dillon, and more.

From the title track’s haunting violin introduction to the Bobby Gentry-meets-Miranda Lambert murder mystery story ‘Broken Dishes’, to the intimate perfection of ‘No More Cowboys’, Wyoming is a rarity of range and of art in today’s Tik Tok society. Featuring a particularly special harmony from the one and only Vince Gill, the title track sets a tone of timelessness that the album encounters again and again. In “I Like This Ring,” the current track, Smith tells the universal story of a past relationship in a unique and personal way. It’s followed by perhaps the most unexpected artistic offering on the record: an arrangement of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” with an adaptation of the third verse of the chorus that only a true songwriter artist could create. The album realizes Smith’s musical hopes and more: it embodies the traditional ideals of country music in a new way.

Moving from South Georgia to Nashville at age 17, Smith has experienced all the ups and downs a music career can throw at an artist. Named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need to Know and CMT’s Next Women of Country, her music has had and continues to have an impact on many people. She worked with RCA Records and SMACKSongs, before changing paths to release music as an independent. Throughout her career, she remains inspired by the countless hours she spent spinning her father’s vinyl records. “Doing Wyoming has been a lifelong pursuit,” Smith says. “Hopefully it will take listeners somewhere out west where they’ll want to stay for a while.”

Jo Smith is a country artist, naval intelligence officer, mother and wife. Connect with her on social media at @josmithmusic.

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