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Grant Maloy Smith to Headline KIAI (Karate Instruction Assistance Initiative) Kyoshi Strong Concert

The concert is a fundraiser dedicated to the memory of the late Henry 'Chick' Gavitt.

Providence, RI, September 06, 2015 --( American Roots Music

Singer-Songwriter Grant Maloy Smith is pleased to announce that he will be performing at the KIAI (Karate Instruction Assistance Initiative) Kyoshi Strong Concert.

The event takes place on Friday, September 18, at 7:00 pm at Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston, RI. Tickets are $25.00.

In addition to Grant (who is producing the event and has worked with Big Noise), other artists include Reinhard Straub (violinist for Aerosmith) and Roger Ceresi with the All-Star Band. The evening will include dancing, raffles, drinks, snacks and loads of fun. All ages welcome.

The concert is a fundraiser dedicated to the memory of the late Henry 'Chick' Gavitt. Chick was a dedicated leader and champion of young people in South County. This concert will help continue his legacy by raising money to be able to offer scholarships to those who are less fortunate. The show will also be benefiting the Courthouse Center for the Arts itself, a local treasure.

About Grant: Despite the fact that Grant's early work was primarily in the pop/rock genres, there was always something 'country' about his songs. They all told stories, and painted pictures with words. After hearing from more than one friend and colleague (including Big Noise) that he should give American Roots a try, he finally dived in, and never looked back.

His breakthrough album in this genre, 'Yellow Trailer,' is available for digital downloads from iTunes, Amazon,, and many others. The reviews were nothing short of exuberant, and filled with high praise for the CD.

His next album, 'Dust Bowl,' will pick up where 'Yellow Trailer' left off, using the great environmental and economic disaster of the mid 1930s as its context. Says Grant, "It's not a documentary, but the songs are set against that as the backdrop. That place and time is very special to me. The people are real, and what they went through was incredible." Guest appearances by several Grammy-winning artists including flautist and world musician Wouter Kellerman of South Africa, and amazing New Age Indian composer and arranger Ricky Kej.

'Dust Bowl' will also include a 20-minute documentary that will explain the album and put each song into context. It will be included on a DVD within the 'Dust Bowl' album, as well as several music videos from the album.

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