Popular independent country artist Granger Smith offers his fans a taste of his new sounds on this four-song EP. Produced by Frank Rogers, who has previously worked with Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Darius Rucker, 4x4 features songs dedicated to the pleasures of off-road riding ("Backroad Song"), cold beers and bonfires ("Tonight"), and small town life ("Tailgate Town"). The EP also features a new song from Smith's comic alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr., who takes an out-of-towner to task for getting caught in a mud bog in "City Boy Stuck." On 4x4, Smith shows he can put a bit of polish on his songs in the name of airplay without walking away from the sound and style that have made him a success.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming