Author: Leon Blair
So let's talk about the infamous story of Texas-Country artists who flirt with mainstream success. I'm talking about guys like Pat Green and Jack Ingram, or even looking right now at Granger Smith. These are all artists who started out in the Texas scene with strong critical acclaim only to compromise some of that acclaim when they signed with major labels (subjective of course). Sure enough, those first two men are back in the Texas scene making solid music, realizing that playing with the "cool kids" wasn't for them.
Curtis Grimes seems to be following this formula, only in the opposite direction. Believe it or not, he started out winning the Austin leg of Kenny Chesney's Big Star contest before releasing his debut album Lonely River in 2009. After that, he went on The Voice to see how far he could take his career. Interestingly enough, he ended up on Cee Lo Green's team rather than Blake Shelton's. While he didn't ultimately win, Curtis has been hammering away creating more projects and has been a consistent hit-maker on the Texas Country charts.