“You can tell when something’s real,” says the man known simply as Big Smo. “You can tell when it’s true. And I think what’s made us successful and gotten us this far is that we’re just real people, down-home country folk who really love to make music, and people see that.”
That success has been as hard won as it is impressive. 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. He and his band—Orig, vocalists Alexander King and Haden Carpenter, guitarist Travis Tidwell, bassist Eric Flores and drummer Ryan Peel—have opened for Brantley Gilbert, appeared at 2012’s Bamajam on a bill with Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson, and rocked the crowd at 2013’s CMA Music Fest in Nashville. Perhaps most impressive, though, has been the phenomenal success of their breakthrough indy hit, “Kickin’ It In Tennessee.” Its video, a slice of real life shot on a shoestring at Big Smo’s 32-acre Middle Tennessee farm, has earned well over five million YouTube hits.
Now, with the release of his major-label debut, Kuntry Livin’, the man known as the Boss of the Sticks is poised to take it all up a very big notch.
The Good Ol’ Boyz are RonnyRon the Outlaw, Kali J Wild, and Remington, a trio from Northern California. Combining gritty, hard-hitting, West Coast hip-hop with Outlaw Country and Rock influences, GOB has created a style all their own. Their music explores the life of an outlaw living in the California country. Fans of the Boyz range from 15 to 60 years old and come from all walks of life.
Their hit single “Country to the City” breaks new ground in the Country-Hip Hop sub-culture. With help from legendary recording artist Bubba Sparxxx and Sacramento’s own JG MadeUmLook, the track explores the unknown lifestyle of a California country outlaw, alongside West Coast city life. Filmed by Director Jae Synth in rural Placerville, Ca & outside Omina Labs in Downtown Sacramento, CA.
Good Ol’ Boyz released their debut album “Country Fried Pimpin'” in June 2011, produced independently in DJ Loot’s studio.
The Good Ol’ Boyz started making music for kicks in 2009, began to see themselves as a serious group in response to demand for their unique sound, and continue to evolve, staying on the frontlines of hip-hop.
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