Williamsburg, Virginia native Canaan Smith digs further into his country roots and takes fans to the honky-tonk with new song ‘Heartbreak Heaven’.
Written by Canaan Smith, Brandon Kinney and Chris Loocke; produced by Smith, ‘Heartbreak Heaven’ was mixed by Dave Clauss and mastered by Andrew Ayan. It’s a witty take on an age-old story: the first place love goes when it dies. Smith seems to feel right at home in this honky tonk as he sings, ‘Raise a little hell where there ain’t no pain / At the paradise where hearts will learn hard lessons/ A little place called Heartbreak Heaven’.
“It’s was one of my favorite songs to hear back after recording it because it has such a distinctive feel. The groove of the song… I just love that kind of music. Honky-tonk 2.0 is what it feels like to me… a big thick bass and a live band,” shares Smith. “It’s not all lined up and tuned up, on purpose. I wanted it to sound like I pictured ‘Heartbreak Heaven’ the bar to look and it belong in that setting. I pulled from all my honky-tonk traditions and made it something I felt could be evergreen for anyone who is a fan of bonafide country.”
The song is Smith’s first new material since the release of his critically acclaimed 2021 album ‘High Country Sound’, and it marks his first release as an independent artist. Taking full control of his career, Smith is making music that is true to his artistry as he realises his full potential as a vocalist and a songwriter.
‘Heartbreak Heaven’ is just a taste of things to come with plans for more new music to be released over the coming months.
Canaan’s upcoming live shows are:
December 30th – Uncommon, The Unveiling – Folsom, CA (Buy tickets)
January 21st – The Fox – Hays KS (Buy tickets)