After a terrible tragedy, like the one that befell the Smith family, everybody always has one question…
“How do you keep going?”
For Granger Smith, it’s all about the fans. Throughout his entire career, from the tiniest bars to the biggest stadiums, in the good times and in times of terrible tragedy, it’s always been the fans that keep him coming back.
Right before we walked on stage tonight, Jonny asked me, “Remember the 1st time I played bass with you? 10 years ago in Webster TX and there were 40 people.”
“Yep, of course. I remember all the shows. How could I not? I’ve played shows where I broke ribs and punctured my lung, played for important suits in DC and heroes in Iraq. I’ve seen country kids in the mud in Iowa and cowboy hats in Australia. I’ve dislocated shoulders at county fairs and grabbed some forehead stitches in College Station. I’ve played a few times for a lot of people and many times for a few people. I’ve played shows at the greatest times of my life and I’ve played shows after terrible loss, again and again. And that’s my job. But through it all, it’s the people that keep me coming back. If you’ve seen me lately, please let me say thank you for the support. Through it all. Seriously, you’re the fuel to my flame…still. I can feel the love.”