Grady Smithis creating Country Music Reviews
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Wow. You are the coolest. This breaks down to about 50 cents a video. Plus, you'll get a monthly bonus podcast episode of Free Country -- and my sincere gratitude.
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In the words of Dolly, "I will always love you." At this level, you get the monthly bonus podcast, plus your name in the credits of all videos! And, of course, my thanks for believing in me. I'm humbled.
My name is Grady, and I'm a guy that loves country music.
I used to write about country for publications like Entertainment Weekly and The Guardian, where I'd interview everyone from Dierks Bentley to Miranda Lambert and write album reviews that were printed on real paper and sent to readers in the mail. (Wild, right?) But about three years ago, I left traditional media and decided to take my thoughts about country music onto YouTube. I am so glad I made the leap.
Now I host an ongoing web series where I review the best and worst country music, produce video essays, and interact with fellow fans about the music we all love. And yeah, in case it needs to be said, I really do love country music. Ever since I heard "Deeper Than The Holler" by Randy Travis in my dad's station wagon as a boy, I have loved it. And I critique it because I love it!
Elevating the conversation
Most of the world sort of sneers at country music and doesn't bother to pay it any mind. They take it about as seriously as people take the "Cotton Eyed Joe" when it plays at some uncle's second wedding reception.
But so many people sincerely love country music (or at least they love what it can be), and they want to actually think about it. My channel is a place for them. I strive to think critically and go deeper than just saying, "Oooh, I love this song," as soon as the latest Music Row dude in tight jeans plays on country radio.
Sometimes I'm harsh in my assessments, and sometimes I'm wildly enthusiastic — but I always try to be thoughtful. I think Kane Brown and Tyler Childers both deserve the same artistic chance, and people seem to appreciate that about my work.
So why do you need money?
Because I work hard on these videos, and I'm trying to make this my full-time gig!
I pride myself on creating high-quality content, and I am taking my output to the next level. Whether I'm making new stuff for my channel, getting back into writing, or launching a podcast that is coming later this year, I want to keep making better and better stuff that enhances the country music fan experience. And that takes some resources (especially when every music publisher seems determined to copyright claim my videos lately...).
And there are rewards! Right now, I'm going to keep this page simple and not create a million tiers until I better understand how Patreon works. But patrons will get early access to my videos and a whole exclusive stream of content (you all are going to be my podcast guinea pigs while I work out the kinks), and I would be so thankful for your partnership as I try to move into this next phase of life and career.
Thanks for even considering supporting me. You people are always so kind.