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Artist of the day: Grant Peeples




In 2008, when the state of Florida was looking for a new official state anthem, Tallahassee purveyor of twang Grant Peeples submitted a catchy country-folk tune called Sunshine State.

We're not sure why it wasn't picked. Maybe it was because the song is actually a satirical ode to the state's snake farms, lightning strikes, illegal aliens, sugar industry cronyism, tourist taxes, prisoner executions and wet T-shirt contests.

"We feature one golf course for every man, woman and child / when we cut down the trees, man, you can see for miles," Peeples sings.

It's a good indication of the twisted sense of humor that has served Peeples well over the years, as a country nightclub owner in Nashville and a serious fan, supporter and singer-songwriter of outlaw country music.

"I was serious about songs," he writes in his official online bio, "but in a lighter moment I wrote one called I Will F--- a Fat Girl. I don‚Äôt‚Äô know where it came from."

Next week, Peeples will be in Tampa Bay for a series of shows:

June 24: 8 p.m. at the Purple Onion, 445 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

June 25: 8 p.m. at the Sloppy Pelican, 677 75th Ave., St. Pete Beach

June 27: 7 p.m. at the Flamingo Bar, 1230 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg.

Click here to listen to an mp3 of Sunshine State. And after the jump, check out Peeples' video for the song.

[Last modified: Monday, June 15, 2009 7:00am]


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