Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


June 18, 2014

Striking out for the lake

Granger Smith, a.k.a Earl Dibbles Jr., slated for Lake Striker

CHEROKEE COUNTY — On Saturday, folks at Lake Striker will be entertained by country artist Granger Smith, a George Strait-inspired singer who released his first album in 1999.

Granger, who hails from the Central Texas town of Cranfills Gap, is a country boy who lets his soul get lost in the dust of a dirt road. His romantic ballads and songs about life mingle with soft melodies to create truly heartfelt music.

But when Granger feels like getting gritty, his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr. makes an appearance.

“He (Dibbles) wakes up, puts a good dip in, cracks a cold one, gets dressed and starts the day. He's a country boy,” Granger said.

This will be his first concert at Lake Striker Marina Resort, located 18 miles southwest of Henderson and 20 miles east of Jacksonville, straddling the Rusk-Cherokee county line.

“We do love playing East Texas and I heard there might be some fishing involved for my crew and I. Sounds like a good day!” Granger said.

Playing for 19 years, Granger's consistency in providing powerful, heartfelt, blended hits have made him into a favorite of fans and critics alike, with more than 21 million unique YouTube views, 200 tour dates nationwide and 1.6 million social media followers, according to a recent press release.

Granger released “Dirt Road Driveway” in April 2013, marking his ninth studio album. The album made an impressive No. 1 debuted on the iTunes Country Chart and No. 15 on the Top Billboard Country Albums Chart; it also became the best selling independent country music album in digital sales in 2013. For more information visit: www.grangersmith.com

Tickets to the Lake Striker performance may be purchased online at www.lakestriker.net by clicking the Entertainment tab. Tickets are $15, and the show starts at 7 p.m.

It is a BYOB event; however the venue asks that no glass bottles be


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