Music, family and patriotism could inspire anyone’s life, but they are the foundation for one Texas native’s life.
Granger Smith, a classic country singer/songwriter is playing at Tumbleweed Dancehall Friday night at 9:30.
He admits he has not played in Stillwater many times, but he does have some fond memories of his performances in Stillwater.
“I played some bar down on The Strip on Halloween four or five years ago and to be that close to campus on Halloween was just crazy,” Smith said.
Smith taught himself to play guitar when he was 14 with a guitar his grandmother gave to the family and a booklet that came with the guitar.
Smith started playing Alan Jackson songs for his parents and wanted to learn how to play guitar before starting high school.
“I figured if I learned to play then I could be that guy around the campfire playing, and maybe people would like me,” Smith said.
Smith has gone on to release five self-produced albums, including his most recent hit, “Dirt Road Driveway.”
“Dirt Road Driveway” has gone on to be the No. 1 independent country album in total digital downloads, and it was named one of iTunes’ Best Albums of the 2000s.
His alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., makes an appearance on the album. Smith created Dibbles Jr. when he and his brother made a video of one-liners inspired by two of their uncles.
The video went viral, and then Smith wrote two songs for the Dibbles Jr. character.
Dibbles Jr. became so popular that at his live shows Smith now wears the Dibbles Jr. costume, a white tank top and overalls and performs as his alter ego for a couple of songs.
Smith also has a lot to focus on other than music, including his wife, 2-year-old daughter and newborn son.
Smith said he focuses on his family when he is not on the road and looks forward to coming home to it after performing shows.
“When I am home, I try to be as present as I can and do as many things with them as possible,” he said.
Smith said he also has a love for his country and for the men and women who serve in the military.
He has done trips to Iraq and Kuwait to perform for the troops, and he said it made an impact on his life.
“I always felt a little bit guilty, and it was nice to help bring them a piece of home,” Smith said.
These trips aren’t all Smith has done for the troops.
He founded the 100-Mile Walk foundation, which raises money for the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to helping soldiers who are home from war and re-entering society.
Smith is releasing an album later this year and is thinking of new ventures for Earl Dibbles Jr.
“There have been talks of maybe a book or TV shows for Earl,” Smith said.