Smith signs with Broken Bow
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
– Texas artist Granger Smith signed with the Broken Bow Records group, he announced today.
Smith will record a full-length with Frank Rogers, who also produced Brad Paisley. The two worked together on Smith's "4x4" EP.
"I've held off for years in partnering with a record label because of my obsessive passion for writing, creating and releasing music my own way," said Smith. "Because of my dedication to touring, fans have come to want and expect my music to be delivered in a very personal way, and my commitment to that won't change. In BBR Music Group, we've realized a like-minded passion and a simple obligation: don't change the foundation of what I've built, but simply magnify the message. It goes without saying that BBR has the firepower and for that, I'm extremely excited."
"I tell unsigned acts looking for deals all the time to create demand - prove to labels you can connect with an audience," said Broken Bow's Executive Vice President Jon Loba. "Granger is the epitome of doing just that and is doing it nationally - not just regionally. His touring and merch business is already out-performing many signed acts with multiple hits. We are so excited to add Granger to the BBR Music Group family and look forward to amplifying the rabid demand he has created for himself and his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr."
Dibbles is an overall-clad, farm boy, who chews tobacco and rides a monster truck (at least in videos). During concerts, Smith assumes the persona of Dibbles for part of the show.
Smith has released seven full-lengths, one live album and one EP on his own.
Smith will continue a heavy tour schedule. Dates are:
Aug. 19 - Meigs County Fair - Pomeroy, OH
Aug. 20 - First Merit Bank Event Center - Saginaw, MI
Aug. 21 - The Bluestone - Columbus, OH
Aug. 22 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 4 - Silver Saloon - Terrell, TX
Sept. 5 - Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park - Sarepta, LA
Sept. 11 - Backroad Bash - Vail, IA
Sept. 12 - Downtown Mansfield - Mansfield, TX
Sept. 18 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
Sept. 19 - The Single Barrel - Lincoln, NE
Sept. 20 - First Avenue Club - Iowa City, IA
Sept. 24 - The Shrine Mosque - Springfield, MO*
Sept. 25 - Enid Event Center - Enid, OK*
Sept. 26 - Muskogee Event Center - Muskogee, OK*
Oct. 1 - Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT
Oct. 2 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
Oct. 3 - Sherman Theater - Stroudsberg, PA
Oct. 4 - The Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
Oct. 6 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
Oct. 7 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT
Oct. 8 - Asylum - Portland, ME
Oct. 9 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
Oct. 10 - Kegs Canal Side Event Center - Jordan, NY
Oct. 11 - Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
* Denotes show with Lee Brice
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