Isht A Lhampko (Have Strength)

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From the album "Dust Bowl - American Stories"
Words and music © Grant Maloy Smith (BMI)
℗ 2017 Suburban Cowboy Music
Produced by Grant Maloy Smith and Jeff Silverman

Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His 2017 album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" is earning rave reviews, including one from NO DEPRESSION, the bible of American Roots music. “Grant’s ability to capture the heartland in his music is amazing ... he has written A heartland masterpiece ... lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie ... sent chills down my spine ... bound to become a classic ... A reminder of the darker period of Bob Dylan, and it’s that good, that memorable...” Grant is a member of the Recording Academy (the Grammys®), the AMA, the CMA, and is a BMI Recording artist.

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Isht A Lhampko (Have Strength)

Earth below my blanket
Sky above my head
Just outside my vision
The night was turning red

Water is like our lifeline
Rain is like our blood
Why’s our whole world dying?
Lord, what have we done?

But it’s all right
We’re still breathing
Isht a Lhampko
We’re not leaving

Air has come against
Clouds of humma roll
Listen to the wind song
Singing from his soul

Fire has cooked our rabbits
And lit our sky for years
We will not be beaten
We walked the trail of tears

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from Dust Bowl - American Stories, released June 1, 2017
Vocals, Guitar, Rain Stick: Grant Maloy Smith
Native American Flute Eagle Bone: Gareth Laffely
Fiddle: Lorenza Ponce
Percussion: Matt Burgess
Wurlitzer, Melotron: Tommy Mandel
Bass: Bill Wittman

℗ 2017 Suburban Cowboy Music
Vocals, Guitar and Rain Stick recorded at Suburban Cowboy Studio, Wakefield, RI
Fiddle, Bass, Melotron, Wurlitzer recorded at PIE Studio, Glen Cove, NY (Engineered by Perry Margouleff and Max Sornik)
Percussion recorded at Palette Studio, Nashville, TN

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Grant Maloy Smith South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Grant Maloy Smith is a singer-songwriter of American Roots music. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida about 60 miles from the Georgia state line. In 2012 he dove deep into the Americana scene, writing and producing the breakthrough 2013 album YELLOW TRAILER, which was in contention in three categories in the Grammys. The follow-on album DUST BOWL will be released in early 2017. ... more

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