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Skid Row man to release country EP

Skid Row vocalist Johnny Solinger has announced he will release a country EP later this month.

Titled Scrappy Smith, the recording is a tribute to the frontman’s grandfather, who Solinger reveals will hit a milestone birthday next year.

He tells Billboard: “My grandfather’s name is Willard Jesse ‘Scrappy’ Smith, and he turns 100 in April. He still drives down the mountain for coffee every day and he’s still kicking. He also goes to the recreational centre to flirt with all the 80 year old girls, so I decided out of love and respect to name the EP after him.”

The EP will be a digital-only release and will launch on October 28. Before its release, Solinger has made all six tracks available to stream through his official website.

Meanwhile, Skid Row are gearing up for a 10-date UK tour which starts in Bristol on October 17.

Tour dates

Oct 17: Bristol Bierkeller Oct 18: Cambridge Junction Oct 19: Hull The Welly Club Oct 20: Edinburgh Liquid Room Oct 22: Bournemouth The Old Fire Station Oct 23: Stourbridge River Rooms Oct 24: Wakefield Warehouse 23 Oct 25: Buckley Tivoli Oct 26: Nuneaton Queen’s Hall Oct 28: London The Underworld

Scrappy Smith tracklist

  1. Are You With Me 2. Something To Do With A Woman 3. Girls That Swear 4. I Just Wanna Do My Thing 5. Hillbilly Heaven 6. Rock ’N’ Roll Cowboy Man

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