Conner Smith is gearing up for the release of his full-length debut album Smoky Mountains on Jan. 26 via The Valory Music Co. The anthemic title track from the upcoming project is out now.
The collection includes the Gold-certified “Take It Slow,” the viral hit “I Hate Alabama” and current top-20-and-climbing single “Creek Will Rise,” as well as the title track, invoking the front-porch jam sessions of days gone by—and the pull at Smith’s core of old versus new, the call of adventure and the longing for home.
The personal 12-song project mixes prime-of-life passion with old-soul perspective, classic style and contemporary spirit, and is a reflection of the artist himself. All but one of the tracks was co-written by Smith, working alongside hitmakers like Chase McGill, Thomas Rhett, Ryan Hurd, Devin Dawson, Jessi Alexander and more.
“It very much took 23 years to make these 12 songs,” Smith says. “I felt like I found my own lane I was able to drive down, and I’m really proud of what it has become. There’s not a wasted second on the record—every song matters. And I think it really shows all the different things that make me ‘me’—as a songwriter, a vocalist and as a performer.”
Currently on the road, Smith kicked off his second headline trek of 2023 on the “Creek Will Rise Tour” last night (Nov. 2) in Athens, Georgia, which rolls on tonight (Nov. 3) in Gainesville, Florida.
Smoky Mountains Track List:
1. “Smoky Mountains” | Conner Smith, Zach Crowell
2. “Creek Will Rise” | Conner Smith, Chris LaCorte, Chase McGill, Parker Welling
3. “Roulette On The Heart (featuring Hailey Whitters)” | Conner Smith, Jessi Alexander, Chase McGill, Mark Trussell
4. “Heatin’ Up” | Conner Smith, Chase McGill, Daniel Ross
5. “Baby, I” | Conner Smith, Devin Dawson, Mark Trussell, Parker Welling
6. “Meanwhile In Carolina” | Conner Smith, Blake Pendergrass
7. “Boots In The Bleachers” | Conner Smith, Ben Hayslip, Jordan Walker
8. “Take It Slow” | Conner Smith, Ryan Hurd, Mark Trussell
9. “Trouble” | Conner Smith, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, Chase McGill, Mark Trussell
10. “I Hate Alabama” | Nick Columbia, Drew Green, Hunter Phelps, Lee Starr
11. “Regret In The Morning” | Conner Smith, Hunter Phelps, Daniel Ross
12. “God Moments” | Conner Smith, Zach Crowell, Devin Dawson, Blake Pendergrass