Joanna Smith: Artists To Watch 2011

Joanna Smith

Genre: Country

With its playful spirit and thoughtful observations on rural life, Georgia-born singer/songwriter Joanna Smith's music evokes both Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. Produced by Jimmy Ritchey (Vince Gill, Randy Owen) and Phillip White (Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire), her Columbia Records debut is due later this year. Her new single, "Georgia Mud," drops Feb. 7.

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