Clayton Smalley - Dirt Road Therapy EP

 

Utah-based country music artist Clayton Smalley is set to release his sophomore EP on 20th November 2020.  The six-song collection, Dirt Road Therapy, features four songs co-written with Grammy-nominated Nashville songwriter Steve Dean. Dean boasts six #1 Billboard country hits including the most played song on Country Radio in 2007, Rodney Atkins’ Watching You.

 

“It is especially awesome to see the songs we wrote over a six-month span of Monday nights transformed into killer sounding records,” says Dean about the collaboration.

 

The EP opens with Two Lane Time Machine. The song has a vintage Eagles vibe, showcasing some tight harmonies and classic guitar work with a driving melody and fantastic pace.

 

Modern Day Merle is a nod to new country artists continuing the tradition of iconic artists like Merle Haggard. It’s full of traditional sounds. From the fiddles to the rich, bold lyrical delivery, this is a song that could have fit quite comfortably on country radio yesterday or 40 years ago.

 

Phoenix Rise brings about a change of pace. It’s a reflective, introspective ballad with haunting steel guitar and a rousing, heartfelt melody that wouldn’t be out of place on CMT’s Nashville.

 

The title track, Dirt Road Therapy, is a contemporary summer night tune reminiscent of Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party album.  It’s the most contemporary-sounding track of the bunch, but still retains Smalley’s signature traditional twist and smooth vocals.

 

Rounding out the project is the self-described party song of the EP, I Never Let A Good Time Get Away, and the previously released ballad Watch Me Fall. The former has an infectious melody and retro guitar licks, whilst the latter is another gut-wrenching classic in the making.

 

“When I turn on the radio I want to hear the country music I grew up listening to, the music that molded me when I was a kid.  Now I want to make that same country music that is a part of who I am now as a man and a musician. I feel like this EP is a step in that direction.”

 

This EP is a live look-in at Clayton Smalley as an artist. As a whole, the six-song project offers personal lyrics, infectious melodies and classic guitars. It presents the captivating sound we’ve come to know and love of country music, and offers everything a country music fan could want.

 

 

DIRT ROAD THERAPY is currently available for pre-order on iTunes with an instant-gratis track of TWO LANE TIME MACHINE.  Visit Clayton’s website or follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.