Granger Smith released a new version of “That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads” featuring Christian Rapper Lathan Warlick, on Monday (June 8).
Warlick, whose participation in the collab begins during the second verse, adds new lyrics that reflect his experiences. Smith co-wrote the original lyrics with Chris DeStefano, Bradley Rempel and Jon Nite.
“Yeah, you never know what to expect or what’s coming next when riding them dirt roads / The gravel and dust might throw you off if I’m ready or not, only God knows / It’s hard trynna hold it together when I lost a couple of people along the ride / Wish I could roll back the hands on a clock just to tell ’em “I love you” just one more time / And all of them people we lost had a place up in heaven so make sure I get a seat / We go through some ups and downs and might even have a few curves we don’t see / I end up at home every time, cause God got his hand on my life and he guiding me, yeah,” the lyrics go like this.
Smith’s wife Amber introduced him to Warlick’s Instagram a couple months ago. Smith, who was instantly drawn to Warlick’s rebranding of different songs, shared the latter’s clip with a note, “A few months ago, Amber found @lathanwarlick and showed me his insta page. He was taking popular tunes, adding his own lyrics and completely rebranding the songs with his own stories of life, struggle, rebirth and testimony. I loved it instantly.”
He continued, “I reached out via DM and we hit it off right away. (And one day we’ll take our boys fishin) This dude, through his own path, has pulled the layers back on life and sees things in a new way…with truth, integrity and God first. I only hope that one day I can see as clearly as he does.”
“If you would have told me last year that I would be connecting with a country singer to create something so amazing I would’ve told you to get out of here lol!! When Granger Smith reached out to me on Instagram the immediate connection and love was there automatically,” Warlick wrote.
“After a couple of text messages and getting to know each other more, out of the blue he sent me this song and asked me did I wanna be apart of it. God wouldn’t even let me fix my mouth to say no. Not even knowing that a month later we would be witnessing the riots and the movements that are going on right now as we speak!
“God’s plan for the song was already in play to help bring unity and love.”
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