Granger Smith released the music video for “That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads” featuring Lathan Warlick on Monday (July 20). The video features Smith and Warlick and Smith’s son Lincoln as well as Lathan’s son running and fishing.
Smith’s wife, Amber, introduced Smith to Lathan Warlick’s Instagram a couple months ago and instantly was drawn to his rebranding of different songs that portray his own testimonies of life battles and subsequent renewal.
In a May 27 Instagram post (click here to see) Smith shared Warlick’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.”
“That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads” elevates the dirt road to a place of sanctuary and honor and becomes more than an ode to growing up off the grid. Although still nostalgic, the lyrics are much deeper than just good times on backroads. And that feeling is elevated by Warlick’s powerful lyrical additions.
Warlick raps over the track:
“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.”