The Missouri State Fair announced Granger Smith, Earl Dibbles Jr., and Chris Lane are performing at the Pepsi Grandstand Aug. 15. The Fair runs from Aug. 10-20 this year. Tickets for the show are $35 for track seating and $25 for seats in the Grandstand.
Granger Smith, who also performs under his alter-ego Earl Dibbles Jr., signed his first contract at the age of nineteen in Nashville. He has performed three times at the White House, and in 2008 he traveled to perform for soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait. His 2013 album “Dirt Road Driveway” peaked at number 15 on U.S. country charts and number 11 on U.S. indie charts.
Smith’s EP “4×4” was co-produced by Granger and Frank Rogers. The album debuted on the Top Country Albums chart at number 6, and reached number 51 on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the album was “Backroad Song,” which sold more than 32,000 downloads in its first week of release, entering the iTunes Country Singles chart at number 2, the iTunes Canada Country Chart at number 1 and the Billboard Country Digital Sales Chart at number 4.
On August 12, 2015, Granger announced he had signed with Broken Bow Records imprint Wheelhouse Records, which also assumed promotion of “Backroad Song.”
Chris Lane has opened for some legendary country bands including The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert, among others. In 2014, he opened for Florida Georgia Line on their “This Is How We Roll Tour.”
Lane’s debut single, “Broken Windshield View,” was released to country radio on June 10, 2014 by Big Loud Mountain. The song was written by Rodney Clawson, Shane Minor, and David Lee Murphy and produced by Joey Moi. It was featured on Sirius XM’s “The Highway” and iTunes’ “New and Noteworthy.” It sold 11,000 downloads in its first week of release and reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Lane released “Girl Problems” in August of 2016. The album’s first single, “Fix,” was released to country radio on October 30, 2015. It reached number 1 on the Country Airplay chart in August 2016. The album’s second single, “For Her,” was released to country radio on August 29, 2016.
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on June 20 through ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-796-6776 / 800-745-3000. All concert seats are reserved. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. The Missouri State Fair Box Office opens at noon on June 26 for walk-up orders (while tickets remain). Box Office hours are: June 26 – Aug 4, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed July 4 and then Aug. 7-9, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Aug. 10-20, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair.