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Marty Smith of Outsider interviews some of the biggest personalities in 90's Country, sharing their stories, music history, and current projects.

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Marty sits down at Outsider Studios to chat with Lee Brice about his football days, what made him put the ball down and head for Nashville and his amazing path to becoming one of the greats in country music.
Marty sits down with legend Rhett Akins to talk about transitioning from one of the biggest country music artists to one of the biggest country music writers, his relationship with the wildly famous Thomas Rhett (his son, by the way) and his hangout moments with Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. It got real hazy on Willie's bus, folks. 
Comedian John Crist joins Marty in a very special episode. We laugh. We cry. We get real. John talks about his experience growing up in a family of 8 children, his first time on stage, and how Marty's intuition helped him get through some hard times.
Marty welcomes country superstar Luke Combs in Outsider Studios to talk about his journey to success, spending years playing in bars before his big break, his thoughts on not being a “hot” musician, meeting his wife Nicole, and his goal of being the GOAT of country music.
Marty welcomes country legend Tracy Lawrence into the Outsider Studios to discuss life on the road with George Jones, growing up in Arkansas and how to survive in the country music industry. In April, Tracy released "Volume 1: Stairway To Heaven Highway To Hell", the first in a trilogy of "Hindsight 2020" albums.
Trace Adkins drops by the Outsider Studios with a brand 25th Anniversary album, “The Way I Wanna Go”. Marty and Trace discuss Trace's path to his 25th year in the business, and Trace looks back in the rear view mirror on lessons learned and blessings received. Trace discusses his life as a roughneck on an oil rig, his voice talent, and other fun stories.
In this episode of the Marty Smith Podcast, the first interview recorded at the brand new Outsider Studios, Marty Smith sits down with Cole Swindell for a lengthy conversation about a very unique path to country music stardom. How does a guy go from meeting a country music star at his frat house, to selling t-shirts for that superstar (Luke Bryan), to writing #1 songs not only for other artists in Nashville, but for himself? And what's it like to stick to your guns when one of those superstars (Jason Aldean) desperately begs you for a song that you wrote, but you know that you're the one that should cut it? Enjoy this and much more on this episode of the Marty Smith Podcast from the Outsider Studios. 
Marty talks with Dustin Lynch about his path to success, his current single “Thinking ‘Bout You” with MacKenzie Porter, the artists that affected his life, his sports career, and more.
On the eighth installment of "The Road You Leave Behind," Outsider's Marty Smith sits down to speak with Craig Morgan in an exclusive interview. Like many country music stars, Morgan's path to fame started from humble beginnings. He joined the United States Army as a young man where he served for 16 years. Upon his return home to Tennessee, Morgan worked multiple jobs to support his family, including as a construction worker and an employee at Wal-Mart. The "Redneck Yacht Club" singer is the definition of a blue collar worker, and Craig's blue collar attitude didn't change once he found musical success. Feel Craig's honest and heartfelt emotion discussing "The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost", which he wrote after the tragic loss of his son, Jerry. An inspiring interview with an inspiring singer and songwriter.
Marty visits with country music icon Travis Tritt, who has a brand new album coming out May 7, “Set In Stone”. Marty visits with Travis at his ranch in Georgia and talks about his path to Nashville. Tritt talks about obstacles he faced and what it was like when he faced criticism and the individuals (speaking of icons) who helped him through that uncertain time, when he felt like he was doing the right thing because it was true to him and who he wanted to be, but it wasn’t especially well received in Nashville.
John Rich of Big & Rich talks to Marty about what it was like growing up the son of a preacher in Texas and Tennessee, family relationships, details on his career in Lonestar, Big & Rich and in between, the personal challenges of the excesses of success, his reality TV career, including raising $1.4 million for St. Jude on The Celebrity Apprentice, and more.
Luke Laird has written over 20 number one Billboard singles, including hits for Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, and many more. Marty and Luke discuss Luke's songwriting career, his new album "Music Row" and the meaning of some of it's songs, how growing up in small town Pennsylvania influenced his life and music, and much more.
Clay Walker knows exactly what kind of grit it takes to travel the road of a small town country singer dreaming of becoming a chart-topping superstar. Marty Smith sits down with the “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” crooner to take country fans along for his journey from playing bars in his hometown to playing over 200 massive concerts across the country. Walker relives moments such as listening to a candid conversation between George Jones and Merle Haggard at a bar to the moment he learned of his MS diagnosis. Listen to Outsider’s exclusive conversation between Marty Smith and Clay Walker here.
Before Kip Moore became the award-winning artist he is today, he had to maintain his passion - or as he puts it, “a little bit of crazy” - for 8 years. Marty Smith sits down with the “Beer Money” singer to talk about his fierce dedication to country music, sports’ influence on his music career, and his love for all things surfing. He released his double album this spring and opens up about how factors like the pandemic and “the awakening of a country” adjusted the album’s success. Listen to ‘The Road You Leave Behind’ as Kip Moore talks regrets, motivations, and faith.
Marty Smith of Outsider interviews Kix Brooks, known for his 90s country legendary band Brooks & Dunn. Brooks talks everything from the band’s breakup in 2009 to duck hunting with Ronnie Dunn and even his conversations he had with Merle Haggard. Listen to Outsider’s exclusive conversation between Marty Smith and Kix Brooks.
Marty Smith interviews Mark Miller, lead singer for Sawyer Brown.
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