Roots performer Grant Maloy Smith bringing history, humor to The Mill

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EAST ARLINGTON — Singer/songwriter Grant Maloy Smith will bring his unique style of country and Americana music to The Mill in East Arlingtion with a performance on Friday at 7 p.m., in conjunction with Old Mill Road Recording's grand opening.

Though based in Rhode Island, Smith is earning attention in Nashville, thanks to his 2017 album "Dust Bowl - American Stories." The album, based on the history of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, reached the top 10 of Billboard Magazine's Folk-Americana album sales chart, and won praise from reviewers in No Depression and The Alternate Root, among other publications.

Smith's newest projects include a pair of singles, one humorous, and one serious.

"Fly Possum Fly" is a novelty song about magical possums that save Christmas by flying Santa's sleigh, after Rudolph gets sick. Smith recorded it as a duet with rising teen country music star EmiSunshine and is releasing the record to radio stations in time for the holidays.

"When we were in the recording studio, I felt like I was singing with a 14-year-old Dolly Parton," Smith said. "EmiSunshine is that good. She has appeared on national TV shows and recently was in the Elvis Presley documentary 'The King.' I think you are going to be hearing more about her, very soon."

"Fly Possum Fly" is also a children's Christmas book that Smith wrote, primarily for new readers.

Smith's other new release is a country song that honors disabled veterans, titled "Man of Steel." The song, inspired by a chance encounter with a wounded warrior at an airport, has just been adopted as the official theme song of the National Veterans Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of services to veterans throughout the United States. The video for the song can be seen on the organization's website at www.NVF.org.

"I am honored that the NVF wanted to use my song," Smith said. "Organizations like the NVF are here to support our returning soldiers. My song is a tribute to all of the men and women who dare to do the hard thing, so that the rest of us can live in freedom."

Tickets for Friday's performance are $25 and can be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-the-mill-presents-grant-maloy-smith-tickets-50593944851. For more information, visit www.themillvt.com.

For more information about the artist, visit www.Grant-Maloy-Smith.com.

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