Sunday, 19 March 2017

Jo Smith throws it back and down with “Old School Groove”

Jo SMITH THROWS IT BACK AND DOWN WITH
“OLD SCHOOL GROOVE”
 
Friday, March 17, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – SMACKSongs artist Jo Smith throws it back and down with a Motown inspired torcher set to steel guitar on “Old School Groove,” which was revealed as a HIGHWAY FIND on SiriusXM’s “The Highway” earlier on Fri March 17th.


“I love how this song connects with people,” says Smith. “There is a reason that vinyl is making a comeback, and I think this song captures the essence of that time.”
 
“Old School Groove,” which was written by Ben Burgess, Bobby Huff and Smith, yearns for the 1960s when romance reigned and a lover’s heart could spin like “vintage vinyl.” It’s what would happen musically if Smokey Robinson and “Miss Country Soul” Jeannie Seely had a musical love child. 
 
The song is the first release from Smith’s debut EP, Introducing Jo Smith, the four-song project was helmed by award winning super-producers Jesse Frasure (Thomas Rhett) and Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves) who together masterfully blended classic R&B with contemporary country.
 
Smith has a lot to celebrate. Earlier this week, the Country Music Association announced that Smith will perform on the 2017 CMA Fest Broadway Stage, with more performance details coming soon.


When using the name Joanna Smith, in 2010, she signed a contract with Columbia Records Nashville and released her great debut single, "Gettin' Married". The song has charted at #55 on Hot Country Songs & #55 Country Airplay (chart Oct 23, 2010) and made into a music video, directed by Trey Fanjoy.


In August 2011, Sony Music Nashville announced that Smith and labelmate Bradley Gaskin would transfer to BNA Records as part of a corporate restructuring. The fabulous “Georgia Mud” released by Columbia Nashville on June 7, 2011 peaked at #57 on Billboard Country Airplay (chart dated March 19, 2011). After BNA closed, she moved again to RCA. That label released her third single, "We Can't Be Friends" (#55 Hot Country Songs). A fourth single, "Girls Are Crazy", was released to country radio on April 29, 2013 but didn’t chart.

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