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American Made

by Daniel Smith

This CD is full of uptempo, hopping country-rock songs, along with sweet ballads that were all written by Daniel. Includes the sentimental country radio hits "I'm Going Home", "Right Side Of Love", and "Thank You" (Tribute to the American Soldier).
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What U See Is What U Get
3:48 $0.99
2. Right Side Of Love
4:04 $0.99
3. We've Got Love
4:11 $0.99
4. True Measure Of A Man
4:49 $0.99
5. Welcome To My Reality
3:00 $0.99
6. Thank You (Tribute to the American Soldier)
4:33 $0.99
7. Fifth Amendment
3:27 $0.99
8. This Old Road
3:57 $0.99
9. Ain't No Place Like Home
3:26 $0.99
10. What's Wrong With That
3:04 $0.99
11. I'm Going Home
4:29 $0.99
12. Thank You (piano/strings)
4:32 $0.99
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Daniel Smith Bio

  Daniel Smith first turned heads in a big way with the 2005 release of American Made, his debut album for Parlor Records. The project yielded three chart singles. Now Smith is busy at work on his second album, Revolution, which will be out in May 2009. It has already spawned the party anthem and dance club favorite, “Livin’ The Good Life.” The next single up is “Man Like Me.”

            Within Daniel Smith's rugged six-foot-five frame lie the heart of a poet and the warm, sincere and comforting voice of a best friend. Like those of Kris Kristofferson, Smith's lyrics are literate and well-defined meditations on life's uneven surfaces. He wrote or co-wrote every song on American Made and saw the public embrace the singles “I’m Going Home,” “Thank You,” and “What U See Is What U Get.”
Everyone who heard the album had his own favorites. Writing about American Made, Los Angeles critic Gian Fiero observed, “The radio friendly tracks, "Right Side Of Love" and "Ain't No Place Like Home," are commercial gems that would be welcomed additions to any country music playlist, but songs like "Thank You," which conveys gratitude to the soldiers who are fighting in the war, and my personal favorite, "True Measure Of A Man," add depth and dimension to a roster of songs that will appeal to music fans and industry professionals alike.”
Not long after “Thank You” was released, the Thank You Foundation in Cincinnati, a military support group, sought Smith’s permission—which he gladly gave—to use the song as its official theme. Smith has since played a number of shows to raise funds and visibility for the organization.
Smith grew up in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, a small town just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Although Cincinnati has long been a center of country and bluegrass music, Smith says his inspiration came from his parents' record collection, which tended to be heavy on albums by Eddy Arnold, Conway Twitty, the Statler Brothers and the gospel-singing Gaithers.
Like most boys his age, Smith also developed a strong affinity for rock music. In college, he began playing in his fraternity's rock band, No Exit, which made a sizable name for itself in the clubs and bars of Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.
“Eventually we broke up,” Smith says, “and I kind of fell away from music for a while. But I finally realized that making music was what I wanted to do with my life. And I found myself drawn to country music. So I started writing songs and just getting to know the business.”
Smith's breakthrough came in the summer of 2003 when he met Larry Sheridan and Robin Ruddy, the owners of Parlor Recording Studio and the Best Built Songs music publishing company. “I went there to record a demo,” Smith recalls, “and I struck up a relationship with them. I had done showcases and songwriters' nights at places like the Hall of Fame Lounge, the Broken Spoke and all that, but this was my first taste of the real music business.” Impressed by his songwriting skills and recording potential, Best Built Songs signed him to a publishing contract. Sheridan subsequently produced American Made and is doing the same for Revolution.
“I’m Going Home,” “Thank You,” “What U See Is What You Get” and, most recently, “Livin’ The Good Life” have all scored on the Music Row charts. On the strength of his records and his video for ‘I’m Going Home,” Great American Country invited Smith in 2006 to greet fans at its CMA Music Festival booth. The crowds loved him, so much so that GAC asked him to sign autographs and pose for pictures for an extra hour and then invited him back to do the same for a second day. In the years since, he has had his own heavily attended booth at the Festival.
Smith’s work with the Thank You Foundation netted him requests to sing for active duty troops. To date, he and his band have performed at various military installations, including Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina and Fort Campbell in Kentucky. To support his records, Smith has toured radio stations and dance clubs in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana.

           At its best, country music rises above the fluid sounds of steel guitars and quaint postcard images of home.  It finds wisdom in the commonplace, joy in absurd moment and strength in unblinking self-awareness.  This is Daniel Smith’s territory—and the landscape he shares with every song.



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Mary Tidwell

Great CD!
Really love the CD, lots of great songs on it.

Jadon Davis

Fun, Fresh, and Fulfilling!
At first glance of the CD cover, you see a guy in a cowboy hat and think 'country'. But this album is more than that. This is Mr. Smith's first record and it's fresh, edgy, and yes country, and it rocks! There's plenty of fiddle and steel here as well as crunchy guitars but without all the fluff of today's radio "hits". This collection of songs, all of which are written by the artist (wow what a concept Nashville), is well produced and smartly arranged. I particularly like the U2, yes the rock band U2, influenced opener, "What U See Is What U Get", "Welcome To My Reality", the moving ballad "I'm Going Home", patriotic "Thank You", the radio ready "Right Side Of Love" and the bluegrass inspired "Ain't No Place Like Home". There's a few songs here that are somewhat lackluster but hey...at least it's not the standard fare of two hits and the rest crap filler. Overall I highly recommend "American Made".

Ronda Roaderick

"THANK YOU", Daniel Smith! Froma SOLDIER'S WIFE!
I couldn't have asked for a better cd. Daniel Smith shows support for all of OUR TROOPS! He shows it from Deep INSIDE his Soul! You can hear it in his VOICE and in his Words!! As a U.S. SOLDIER'S WIFE, and having my Husband just preparing for his SECOND DEPLOYMENT to the Mid-East..? This SONG means SO MUCH TO ME!
I say..."THANK YOU"! Daniel Smith for the song.."Thank You"(Tribute to THE AMERICAN SOLDIER)

Millie Hesse

The best song alot of people have lived
This is a song alot of people has lived I'm Going Home. This is a great song. Sometimes people looks for a song to help ease the hurt. and I found mine. Not only doe's it give me the hope that there is a day I will see my Mom again, but to know that my Mom will be waiting for me, when it is my time to go. If there where just more songs like this one. Thank's to the help of the CD of Daniel Smith Anerican Made and GAC and CD Baby There is a bright side to everything. Thank You Very Much.


It hit my heart in the right spot!
I really like the entire cd American Made but, the song "Right Side of Love" really gives me hope that I will somday meet that kind of guy and I will be on the right side of love the next time around! I have always dreamed about my prince charming. So I am waiting for him and romance to find me thanks to your song. I think he will look alot like one of the other songs you sing "What U See Is What U Get"!
Keep up the great songs!

Melody Herrick

Awesome and Inspirational!
This may be one of the best cd's I've ever heard. This is not just lip service either. The song Thank You is stunning and brought chills to me when I first heard it. I have a brother in the Marines. It's also got a lot of fun songs as well like What's Wrong With That and Fifth Amendment. I highly recommend American Made.

Sharon Flowers

Thank You
I love that song and so does everybody else that heard it. It's a song for our military and Veterans and I send it to all my soldier friends and family. Plus this Memorial Day it will be played as a dedication from me to our troops during the Memorial service. Thank you to our military and all that they do. God bless our military and the USA.