Big Smo is a Billboard chart topping recording artist and reality TV personality that is considered one of the foremost grassroots artists performing in a style known as hick-hop, a blending of rural, Country themes and melodies with rap elements.
What began as two friends—Smo and Orig the DJ—experimenting with samples, beats and lyrics in a makeshift home studio has turned into four independent CDs and hundreds of tour stops before over-the-top crowds from mud parks in Florida to night clubs in Vegas.
Big Smo's rise has been fueled high energy and relatable lyrics, a band with the ability to rock a crowd, and the studio savvy to capture that lightning in a bottle. Big Smo owns that place where country, Southern rock and hip hop come together, where the beat rocks the story and the story rocks the beat. An early review put it this way: "If Kid Rock and Run D.M.C. had a love child, he would be named Big Smo."
Big Smo’s taken full advantage of his many bigtime opportunities, and that road, of course, led to success with Warner Music Nashville, where the backwoods met the power of full-scale national promotion. At bottom, though, is the same wide-ranging love of music and the same bootstrap mentality.
It’s an approach that has thrilled countless fans who have followed Big Smo from the Internet to some of the music world’s most exciting live shows, creating back-and-forth energy he is as excited about taking forward as his fans are.
TWANG AND ROUND
TWANG AND ROUND
Take a couple of Kentucky boys that pursue music with an all-out passion, yet keep their craft real to life, and you get Twang and Round. With influences that span across every genre ranging from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Crows and Lynyrd Skynyrd to UGK, Outkast and Beastie Boys, you’ll find a bridge between these genres with Twang and Round, who make music because they truly love it.
The musical career of Vernon Roach (a.k.a “Kuntry Twang”) and Brad Davis (a.k.a “Lil Round”) began with a mutual love of music, recording, producing and engineering. Discovering the ways that they complement each other they found that the style of music they create commands one to listen closely.
Well versed in all ranges of music, Kuntry Twang and Lil Round’s passion lies in Southern Rap, Hip Hop, Country and Rock, which is evident in their last three independent albums. Twang and Round signed with the Nashville label, Thirteen Skulls Entertainment, in 2017.
Thomas Junior Brown, known as "T.J.", was born in the hills of Kentucky and lived in Florida for most of his life. T.J began writing poetry in 6th grade and got his first guitar in 10th grade. He worked construction day and wrote songs night perfecting his craft. He landed his first show at The Big Deck Raw Bar in Cedar Key, Florida at the age of 19. By 20 years of age, he recorded his first studio album containing his original music This project was heavily influenced John Mayer and the Goo Goo Dolls.
From there T.J. landed shows in Daytona, St. Augustine, Destin, Key West and later, outside the state of Florida and all over the U.S. After briefly moving to southern California, he returned to his roots in Chiefland, Florida to focus on his songwriting.
T.J. credits artists such as Corey Smith, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, James Morrison, old school R&B, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney for inspiration. Although you can pick out a hint of these artists in T.J.s music, T.J. has his own unique musical style.
Southwest Floridians may remember seeing TJ Brown recently as he competed and won the CMR Talent Search (Creative Minds Records) in Fort Myers at the Broadway Palm Theater on September 18th, 2018.