Artist Showcase: Granger Smith
If you would’ve told me seven years ago the amount of success this guy has had in that time I would’ve 100% agreed with you that it would happen. From the first time I saw in his song “Gypsy Rain” online I was hooked and then I found his fun videos that made me learn more about his personality, which then made me even more intrigued about his music.
Coming to a small venue in Iowa on the Iowa State University campus for the Ag kids, the turnout told me just how big Granger and his new alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr was going to be in the country community. My first interview with him that night he said one of his goals was to get 1 million views on this new character Earls video. At the time that I’m writing this article it is over six million views so I’d say he hit his goal.
We will get into Earl more next article, but with the number one song and two top tens Granger’s sound and country roots are definitely what Country music fans are looking for. Granger has been on the Texas music scene for quite some time. Each one of his albums evolving into a different era of his career. Back when I first discovered his treasure trove of youtube videos there was no one in the midwest who had seemed to hear of him, but that was before some of the streaming types of radio had gotten massive traction.
Songs like 5 More Minutes that grabbed at your heartstrings and his very popular Sleepin’ on the Interstate was I found out how fiercely supportive of the military Granger is. Using military boots and the hill country of Texas he started a 100-mile walk with his band, brothers, and friends gaining national coverage of his support.
Then a few short years later doing a whirlwind run to stop at all the historical stops across the country plus his latest documentary film called “They Were There – a Hero’s Documentary”. Along with all that he does along his tour stops for people just makes you appreciate him even more and with his latest albums, Remington and When the Good Guys Win, you get a mix of deep meaningful songs and songs like ‘Merica, and Don’t Tread on Me (featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.) showcasing his patriotism for our great country with some humor too.
Granger has a road crew and band that are a tight-knit unit that has been with him for many years and they turn into a well-oiled machine when it comes to putting on some of the most fun shows for their fans. Going to his show also will not disappoint you… but make sure that you know the one phrase that bonds everyone there…and that is YeeYee.
From apparel, two energy drinks, two major TV network appearances, YeeYee has been called out through it all and shows no signs of wavering just like Granger Smith patriotism and dedication to support the country way of life.
It is hard not to support a man with a dream, a mission, and vision to bring his music to the masses and still be a family man with his beautiful wife Amber and three little ones that keep them both busy. I’m very thankful to have been able to watch his success and getting to talk with him thru the years, I cannot wait to see what is next for him and there is no doubt we will be showcasing more of his songs right here in the future. Make sure to download “You’re in it” the latest from Granger.
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