Aggie musician returns to College Station for concert
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 01:10
Granger Smith, Class of 2002, will return to College Station to play a show Thursday with his “country boy” alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. set to make an appearance.
“College Station will always be a special place for me,” Smith said. “My mom grew up in that town and I spent a lot of time there as a kid with my grandparents. It will always feel like home for me.”
Smith knew he wanted to be a country musician at a young age.
“The night after my first performance on stage,” Smith said. “I was 15 years old in Mesquite, Texas, and was hooked on the feeling. Seeing George Strait that next year in Texas Stadium for the first time sealed the deal.”
Smith has recorded every song at his in-home studio with his band members. In 2013, Smith released his ninth studio album, “Dirt Road Driveway,” which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes country chart.
Smith has made headlines recently with the music video for his single, “Silverado Bench Seat,” which features cameos from Johnny Manziel and Ryan Swope. He has had nine Top-10 singles on the Texas Music Charts but there is one song in particular he always enjoys performing.
“Consistently I enjoy playing ‘The Country Boy Song,’” Smith said. “It’s a huge release for me no matter the environment and we end every show with it.”
Smith has performed by invitation at the White House and has traveled multiple times to Iraq and Kuwait to perform for American soldiers. Through his success, he said he is always appreciative of his fans.
“I love my fans,” Smith said. “I want them to know just how much they help me through concerts. I don’t tell them nearly enough and they don’t get the deserved respect or recognition. It’s easy to appreciate them during the summer shows when it’s hot on the stage, but I’m too quick to turn my back on them and throw them away in the winter. The fact is, I need them during those months as well. Even if they’re just on the low power setting.”
The show is expected to attract many Texas A&M students, all hoping to hear their favorite songs.
“I love ‘Miles and Mud Tires’ because it’s a great getaway song,” said Chase Kavcak, freshman biomedical sciences major. “Life can be crazy and sometimes you just need a little getaway.”
Junior health major, Lauren Bransford, said her favorite song is “Silverado Bench Seat.”
“It just makes me want to drive with the windows down,” Bransford said.
Smith’s legacy is not only found in his music, but also in his identity as an Aggie musician.
“To my knowledge, there aren’t many other well-known A&M musicians,” said Brandon Allred, sophomore aerospace engineering major. “The fact that I could see an Aggie in a field that doesn’t have many former students in it is incredible.”
Smith will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Tap.