Granger Smith jump starts TJ’s Corral season |

Granger Smith jump starts TJ’s Corral season

by Sarah Hauck

A Texas native who taught himself to play guitar to help him attract the ladies and to follow in his idol George Strait's string-plucking boot prints, Granger Smith has taken the country music scene by storm.

One of "Rolling Stone's" Country's 10 Artists You Need To Know will stop his sell-out Yee Yee Nation Tour in Minden on May 28 in Carson Valley Inn's TJ's Corral for the 2016 summer concert series.

Since his first album release at the age of 19 as a freshman at Texas A&M, Smith has debuted two No. 1 iTunes country albums.

His most recent album "Remington" released March 4 and skyrocketed to the No. 1 slot on the iTunes country list.

The album features his hit "Backroad Song," which also spent time in the No. 1 spot on Billboard in February.

Smith's songs all encompass his patriotic, Texas upbringing.

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TJ's Corral will get to see not one, but two performers May 28 as Smith's alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. is sure to make an appearance.

His overall-wearing, tobacco-spitting, persona found a spot with his most popular hit "Merica" on Smith's "Remington" album.

Between Smith and Earl Dibbles, Carson Valley will get an intimate show featuring country's newest up and coming artist.

Although his career started just a few years ago, Smith clings to his humble football-toting, dive-bar gig roots.

"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," Smith said in his personal bio on his website. "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."

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $23 for standing room only party pit or $29 for reserved seating.

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