Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.

Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr. (9:45 PM)

Drew Baldridge (8:30 PM)

Tue, January 26, 2016

8:00 pm

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Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr. - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.
Over the course of nine albums, at a time when the music
industry is undergoing a top-to-bottom transformation, Granger
Smith has been building a career that is truly groundbreaking.
With sold-out national tours, a social media following of more than
three million, and YouTube views nearing 30 million, he has amassed
an audience that is unheard-of for a purely independent, unsigned
act. He has continually searched for new and innovative ways to
connect with his fans and —one by one, room by room —
built a national following, culminating when his last album, Dirt Road
Driveway, debuted at Number One on the iTunes country chart.
Now, with the release of the 4X4 EP, Smith is taking the next
step in a voyage that is both visionary and classically old-school. The EP, a preview of a full-length album coming later this year, was
introduced with the single “Backroad Song,” which sold over 32,000
downloads in its first week of release and entered the iTunes Country Singles chart at Number Two, the iTunes Canada Country Chart at Number One and the Billboard Country Digital Sales Chart at Number Four.
“Expectations are raised with each album, but this one is
different,” says Smith. “It shocked us when Dirt Road
Driveway debuted at Number One — we kept thinking, ‘People are
going to wake up and figure out that they’re following the wrong guy!’ But no one wants to take a step back, so this time there’s some pressure, and I embrace that, because it means you have a good business rolling.”
For the songs on 4X4, Smith also brought in producer Frank
Rogers, known for his multi-platinum work with Brad Paisley,
Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner. “Frank’s a smart guy,” says Smith.
“He saw quickly what we were doing and who we were speaking to,
and he understood that. He said, ‘I dig what you’re doing, I like the
way you’re building your business model differently, and I want to be apart of it.’ “
“I have been a friend and fan of Granger’s for a long time,” adds
Rogers. “He is honest, heartfelt, and down-right hilarious. I feel the
sky is the limit for Granger, and I’m proud to be along for the ride.”
Smith earned the respect of a pro like Rogers the same way he
is winning over fans, peers, and the press—with ten years' worth of
music that is self written, self recorded, self produced, and
independently released. Those recordings have been backed up by relentless, grassroots touring, with Smith working tirelessly, night after night, to bring his songs to a constantly expanding,passionate and dedicated fan base.
Not that he claims any of this was his original intention.
“When I first started, we were trying to go by the usual path, but
it never came out that way,” he says. “Everything we needed,
whether it was a booking agent or a video budget, we couldn’t get, so we just decided to do it ourselves and try to do it better. And we made some magic that way, and created something that wasn’t being done.”Without the support of national radio, Smith
has found alternate means to reach his fans. His YouTube docu
-series, “Yee Yee TV, gives fans an inside look at life on the road with his band and crew. He even has a regular weekly television segment, "Dip 'Em and Pick 'Em," onInside College Footballon
CBS Sports Network.So when he sees so many of today’s artists lamenting the state of the music business, Smith’s initial reaction isn’t entirely sympathetic, but he also knows thathis approach isn't for everyone.“I’ve realized that it does take a certain personality to pull this off successfully," he says. "I enjoy the challenge of gaining listeners and fans. A lot of artists hate the business side, I just happen to love it.”
The most dramatic example of Smith’s innovative approach to
his career wasthe creation of his beloved alter ego Earl Dibbles, Jr.
, first popularized through a simple monologue video, then given songs of his own and more and more attention as his popularity grew.The polar oppositeimage of the singer (who is actually a graduateof Texas A&M), Earl is given the spotlight on4X4’s “City Boy Stuck,” but Smith is also aware that he can’t always count on the character’s novelty appeal.
“At some point, I know that Earl has some form of shelf life, and
that challenges me to make the Granger side stronger and stand on its own,” he says. “Earl exists best as a black-and-white contrast against the Granger show. So it’s on me to make the best Granger music I can, and have Earl in small portions, enough to satisfy people and keep us rolling.”
In parallel to his music, Smith has also devoted his time to
charity and activism work, focusing on numerous efforts for the
military, including appearances in the war zones of Iraq and Kuwait
and his annual (four years and counting) 100-mile Boot Walk. “It’s all
been a journey for me,” he says. “I want to raise awareness and
patriotism, something to keep our future generations able to chase the
dreams that we can.”
“I know how important giving back to the community is, because
this business is all about community, about the people who come to
the shows. If that stops, my career stops — my career hasn’t been
built up by a big machine pumping it out; it’s been built boots on the
ground, practically going door-to-door. So we live or die on that
community, and giving back to them is my livelihood.”
As his “Yee Yee Nation Tour” rolls on, breaking attendance and
merchandise sales records along the way, Smith sees that this is his
time. Breaking rules, defying trends, he is carving his own path, and isready to catapult forward on his own terms.
“I’ve learned that it’s not about talent or work ethic,” he says. “A
lot of guys have talent and work hard — that just gets you in the door.But after that, there’s so much strategy. My talent is just good enoughto get me in the game. But then it’s up to you how you’re going toplay.”Granger Smith is playing to win. And as his challenges get bigger, so do his victories.- By Alan Light: Rolling Stone, SPIN, Vibe, NPR, The New YorkTimes; Bibliographies for: Tupac, Beastie Boys, Gregg Allman, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Prince; etc.
Drew Baldridge - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Drew Baldridge
As a 12-year-old Drew Baldridge and his buddy rolled his father’s Old MGB in front of the derby crowd because the car wouldn’t even start, the youngster was already a seasoned performer. The duo went on to perform a stellar rendition of “Greased Lightning” with his buddy in the back of the car, fake cigarette in mouth, sliding down the front of the car, and with detailed choreography to match the racy lyrics. You could say it was quite salacious for the small town of Patoka, IL, population 600.

This memory only marks one of the upbeat mid-westerner’s childhood performances. “I’ve loved performing from a very early age. I performed to “Thriller” and “Men in Black” at my elementary school talent show. My mom would make up choreography to go along with the songs. It was great,” recalls Baldridge. “I would take to the dance floor at wedding reception even if no one was dancing just to be able to perform in front of people. That’s when I learned how to win over a crowd. They would all be applauding by the end of the song,” says Drew with a smile.

Standing at 6’1", Drew grew up playing basketball and baseball, but would perform the “National Anthem” at all his games. “The high school I went to was too small for a band, but no one thought anything of me being a jock and a singer. I used any and every outlet I could to share my passion with others. The openly Christian teenager joined a quartet at church singing bass while his father sang tenor. Later on he began playing acoustic gigs at a nearby bar on Saturday nights. “My Dad stood by me and my preacher told me Jesus didn’t just preach in church, and I could be that light through my music.”

“It made perfect sense to become a country artist. I like to tell stories, and singing about where I come from,” explains Baldridge. He recalls his father buying a Dodge Intrepid when he was five years old and the owner threw in a cassette tape with the deal. “Alabama’s ‘Born Country’ was the first country song I fell in love with. We played that cassette over and over. The song rang true to me because my grandpa’s childhood home was just down the road, where the house that his father built by hand still stands.” Four generations of Baldridge’s family have lived and farmed that land in rural Illinois.

“If you have to describe my music in 3 words, I would have to say it’s fun, real, and positive,” says the singer/songwriter. “I love what Keith Urban says about creating music; ‘We don’t make music to impress, but to inspire.’ I truly believe that you know.” One of his favorite songs he recently worked on is “God’s Front Porch,” which was released on Easter of this year and is featured on Crossing County Lines Vol. II. “What a blessing it would be to be in the presence of the Lord on his front porch.”

In 2013, Drew signed with THiS Music, joining the ranks of Nashville’s most prominent and prolific songwriters. He went on to release his debut EP, All Good and his singles “BYOB” and “She’s Taken” became Midwestern radio staples. His new music project, Crossing County Lines is being released in three installments throughout 2015. The first volume was released this past December and debuted at #15 on the iTunes Country Chart. CCL Vol. II released April 7.

Known as much as a performer as a singer, Drew brings a rousing, energy-packed show to every opening or headlining date. “I am so very excited for my fans and future fans to hear my song ‘Dance With Ya.’ I went into the songwriting session with this melody in my head, and I said I want something that I could dance to. That’s what we created,” says Baldridge. The tune features a horn section, hypnotic chorus and topped off with Drew’s signature dance moves, “Dance With Ya” is destined to be a crowd-pleaser.

“I want to build my career the way Eric Church built his. He has an incredible fan base that he gained out on the road, which is similar to what we are doing. “Team work makes the dream work’ is the motto me and my band go by.” Catch up-and-comer Drew Baldridge and his band on the road in a city near you.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change