Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.

Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.

Jackson Michelson

Sun, April 23, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Crystal Ballroom

Portland, OR

GA: $20 in advance| $3 increase day of show

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Granger Smith
Granger Smith
My name is Granger Smith. Sometimes long, fancy industry bios are helpful, but
other times you just need to hear from the guy actually living it, so here’s my
story.

I was born and raised Texan, and I’m proud of that. I grew up along with two
brothers, a couple of yellow labrador retrievers and parents that stayed together
because they loved each other. My life changed when I was 14 years old and
decided I would teach myself to play guitar. This was motivated by two things: I
thought the guitar would make girls pay attention to me, and George Strait played
one. By the time I turned 15, I was performing weekends on small town stages in
North Texas, and doing my best as a fan club member to attend every George
Strait concert within driving distance. Playing high school football was an
important rite of passage for me, along with hunting and fishing, but the dream of
a music career consumed me. At age 19, I was satisfied with enough songs I
had written to make an album. As a freshman at Texas A&M, I was able to
scrape together some studio money by pre-selling the album to friends around
campus. For being just a kid, that album did pretty well. It landed me a
songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing in Nashville, and the following year, I
took the leap to Tennessee.

My time in Nashville was important. I absorbed the craft of songwriting from
some of the best, learned my way around studios and recording gear, (which
paid off for me later) and cut my teeth on countless stages as both a singer and
as a steel guitar player for other singers. After four years, I had a shelf full of
song demos, a little bit of music business know-how and a strong conviction to
move back to Texas, finish my degree at Texas A&M, and start a band.
Moving back to College Station meant basically starting over. The gigs were
hard to book and when they did, nobody showed up to watch. But I was happy
and felt creative. I saved money by making albums out of my house and using
my band. We wore out vehicles and went from two pickup trucks, to a suburban,
to a van and then another van. The trailers we towed got bigger, and ever so
slowly, so did our crowds. I learned how to use a camera and some editing
software for making homemade music videos and we made lots of them.
My little brother, Tyler joined me in 2008. He traded a pretty good job at the bank
to jump in an old van and sell t-shirts in honky-tonk dive bars. I think he did it not
only because he shared the same vision as me, but also because his competitive
nature was excited about proving a bunch of people wrong. And that’s exactly
what we did. Together we conspired and worked from the ground up with the
goal of not only building an artist, but a brand. We embraced social media,
searched for real connections with fans, studied our predecessors and ignored
our doubters. The good shows helped pay for all the bad ones, and the songs
that sold helped fund all the others that didn’t. We put communities first, knowing
that without the people, we were without a job.
We created alter-egos through videos to help promote the music and that’s
where Earl Dibbles Jr. came from in the summer of 2011. It started as a short,
funny video that my brothers and I filmed out where my parents live in Central
Texas, but it turned out to be something that completely changed the shape of
my career. I actually like to think of it as an “intentional accident” because as
planned, the video went viral and became a huge promotional tool for my music.
But we had no way to know if it would actually work, especially since many of my
videos before it never caught fire.

In the early morning of April 16, 2013, I woke up and checked the iTunes store
on my phone with tired eyes. I was absolutely shocked to see my new album,
Dirt Road Driveway sitting at #1. Things were rapidly changing on the road,
too. We were seeing sold out shows in markets we had never played, and a
passion in fans unlike anything I had seen before. After independently releasing
7 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs, I finally signed my first record deal in
2015. I met some great people at Broken Bow Music Group (BBR Music Group)
in Nashville who sought us out, believed in my dedication and wanted to take
what I was already doing, and magnify the message. We worked together not
only as colleagues, but as friends unified on the same mission. Within only
weeks of the signing, my debut single “Backroad Song” was a hit at mainstream
country radio faster than any of us expected.

A few years ago, I was standing with my boots in red, sandy, Iraqi soil watching a
beautifully majestic Middle Eastern sunset, when one of my band members
asked me, “Can you believe music got us here?” No, I can’t. What a journey it
has been since I decided to chase this crazy dream. We’ve played 10 countries,
3 continents, even the White House a few times, and I still can’t believe it all
started with a few guitar chords. In my song called “Sleeping On The Interstate,”
I wrote, “Connecting map dots like poets and prisoners, trying to live more like a
lover than sinner, slave to dreams so far away.” That’s me. If there’s one thing
I’ve learned from the music business, it’s that you don’t really choose this life,
you are this life. That’s the truth no matter if you’re selling albums or not. I do
what I love and love what I do, and there’s no sweeter freedom than that.
Jackson Michelson
Jackson Michelson
Born and raised in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Jackson Michelson is a Country singer/songwriter who takes pride in his roots. The development of his unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical inspiration. He lives and breathes music and entertainment. When you leave his show, you will have a tune stuck in your head and a smile on your face. His soul infused, country style pays tribute to some of his greatest influences such as Keith Urban and Sam Cooke.

Jackson's debut EP 'Dreams' was released in October of 2010, which topped the iTunes top 100 charts. He was the Country Showdown Winner for in 2010 and has enjoyed a year of radio play, and has toured in over 25 states. Jackson has shared the stage with artists such as Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Clay Walker, James Otto, Ronnie Dunn, and many more.
Venue Information:
Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St
Portland, OR, 97209
http://www.crystalballroompdx.com/
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