Date & Time
11 / 4 ( 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm )
The Rhymes and Rhythms will be lit!
Thursday, November 4th is going to be insanely fun as hip-hop meets hick-hop. We’re bringing Big Smo and Afroman to our Small Town for a live show at Locust Alley.
doors open at 6:00 pm // show begins at 8:30 pm // General Admission: $15 each
Tickets Are Limited: Don’t miss it because you got…well, you know.
Stay tuned: we’ve got some VIP events in the works! Details on that to be announced. Keep it tuned here for updates.
Born John Smith on February 14, 1976 in San Diego, California, country rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and film director Big Smo grew up in Tennessee, and he’s been known by a lot of names thanks to his various business, music, and film enterprises, including Hick Ross, Andrew “Mitchell Dick” Keller, and Boss of the Sticks. As a musician, he combines country themes and attitudes with rap and hip-hop in a style that prompted one reviewer to note “If Kid Rock and Run-D.M.C. had a love child, he would be named Big Smo,” although combining Hank Williams, Jr. with Nappy Roots might strike a bit closer.
Smith was in the marching band in high school, and had already learned to play several instruments, including the drums and trumpet, when he graduated. He also wrote poetry, and when he met Ray Riddle, who was just starting out as a DJ (he eventually evolved into Orig the DJ), the two set out to combine Smith’s poetry with samples on Riddle’s Technics turntable. A lasting creative partnership was born, and the pair went on to learn the music business from the ground up, releasing several independent singles, albums, and films. A homemade video of one of Smith’s “hick-hop” songs, “Kickin’ It in Tennessee,” garnered over five million views on YouTube, attracting the interest of Warner Music Nashville, which signed Smith (as Big Smo) to a major-label record deal and released his first nationally distributed EP, Grass Roots, in 2012. He followed this with the Backwoods Whiskey EP in 2013.
His debut album, Kuntry Livin’, arrived in 2014, its release scheduled to tie in with the airing of Big Smo, a U.S. reality TV series that offered an insight into his day-to-day life. Kuntry Livin’ climbed into the Top 40 of Billboard’s albums chart, and was followed in 2015 by the EP Bringin’ It Home, and in 2016 by his politically charged sophomore long-player, We the People. Early 2018 saw the release of the single “Country Outlaw,” followed by the full-length Special Reserve in late February.
“One of the most entertaining shows of 2021. Afroman isn’t just an artist, he’s a total performer. Crowds love him!” – NEWS 4U MAGAZINE
Afroman’s musical career began in the eighth grade, when he began recording homemade songs and selling them to his classmates. “The first tape I made was about my eighth-grade teacher,” he once recalled. “She got me kicked out of school for sagging my pants, which was a big deal back then. So I wrote this song about her and it sold about 400 copies: it was selling to teachers, students, just about everybody. And I realized that, even though I wasn’t at school, my song was at school, so in a way I was still there. All these people would come by my house just to give me comments about how cool they thought the song was.” Afroman also performed in his church at a young age, playing both the drums and guitar.
In 1998, Afroman released his first album, My Fro-losophy and later relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he met drummer Jody Stallone, keyboardist/bassist Darrell Havard and producer Tim Ramenofsky (a.k.a. Headfridge).
Ramenofsky produced and released Afroman’s album Because I Got High in 2000 on T-Bones Records; it was distributed primarily through concerts and the file-sharing service Napster before its title track was played on The Howard Stern Show. Afroman was inspired to write the song’s lyrical content by his unwillingness to clean his room, and he ran with the idea of everyday tasks being derailed by drug use.
In late 2001, the song became a hit and was featured in the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Perfect Score, and Disturbia later in the 2000s. “Because I Got High” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2002.
After the single’s success, Afroman joined the lineup of Cypress Hill’s fall festival “Smoke Out” with the Deftones, Method Man, and others. After this, Universal Records signed Afroman to a six-album deal, and Universal released The Good Times in 2001. The Good Times was a compilation of Afroman’s first two albums and some new tracks.
Afroman started releasing his music independently and mostly through the Internet in 2004, and that year, he recorded Jobe Bells, which satirized traditional Christmas songs.
In October 2014, Afroman released a remix of his hit song “Because I Got High” in order to highlight the usefulness of marijuana as part of the effort to legalize its sale across the United States.