Granger Smith’s career has been taking off. After reading other #CMchat Country Cadre reviews, I knew I HAD to see him in concert. Here are five things I learned seeing Smith at the Great American BBQ Festival in Chandler, AZ.
- Earl Dibbles, Jr. IS real.
Earl Dibbles Jr. made an appearance at The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival. He is Smith’s alter ego. He’s a redneck, beer drinking, chew spitting, America loving country boy. When you see Smith, you get two shows in one. Now I’m faced with who I like more, Granger or Earl?
- Granger Smith likes to say “Yee Yee”
Smith says “Yee Yee” a few times each song. The first time I heard it, I thought “What the hell was that?!” Smith’s Fan Club happens to be called the Yee Yee Nation. When he said it, the crowd said it. Now I find myself saying “Yee Yee” after I listen to his music. I guess if the boot fits, wear it!
- Granger Smith loves America.
During the concert, Smith shared that he went overseas to play for the troops. I have a lot of respect for anyone who takes the time to do this. Dibbles, Jr. is just as patriotic. His recent song “Merica” includes Uncle Sam and the American Flag flying high on the back of his truck.
- Granger Smith is the perfect artist to play at a BBQ & Beer Festival.
There was no shortage of BBQ eating and beer drinking country fans. Smith and Dibbles, Jr. are a perfect combo. Most their songs mention drinking beer. Why not drink beer to beer drinking music? I might have had a few.
- Granger Smith has dedicated fans.
There were fans wearing country and western gear, fans dressed like Dibbles, Jr., and fans decked out in stars and stripes. I asked one fan dressed like Dibbles, Jr. what he likes about Smith and he said, “I can relate to his lyrics more than any country artist.” Granger Smith’s fans sang along the entire night. The passion of his music was the crowd.