Canaan Smith has been working in the background of the Nashville music scene for a few years now, honing his skills and that hard work eventually brought him to Nashville record labels attention (getting a co-write on buddy Stephen Barker Liles’s group – Love and Theft –’s album didn’t hurt) and Canaan eventually signed with Mercury Nashville. The label and Canaan chose “We Got Us” as his first single from the label and the song, which Canaan co-wrote with Barker Liles and Tommy Lee James.
From the very beginning of “We Got Us,” it’s evident that Canaan Smith definitely has definitely been influenced by the folksy country pop but that doesn’t mean that “We Got Us” isn’t a song worth listening to. Actually it’s a very listenable song with interesting production from Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten (they have worked with Sunny Sweeney and Dierks Bentley) which grounds “We Got Love” in country music with a base of mandolins, fiddles, steel and acoustic guitars guiding the melody and keeping the song grounded in country music.
Vocally, Canaan has a strong tenor as he sings lyrics which discuss a man who knows times may be hard for him and his new love but with love as their anchor, they’re ready to take the leap and make a commitment to each other and that despite having nothing but each other, that love will be enough to pull them through any tough times they’ll encounter along the way.
Very few debut singles are as strong as “We Got Us” and that’s exactly why Canaan Smith is one of Roughnstock’s ones to watch in 2012 (look for that article soon).
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