Today, May 4, marks the date that country artist Granger Smith will hit the road once more. But this time around, he's walking 100 miles in his combat boots to show support for our troops, marking the fourth consecutive year he's undertaken the jaunt.
Smith, who released his ninth studio album, "Dirt Road Driveway," on April 16, will begin his "Boot Walk" with fans cheering him on as he departs for his journey in Austin at the Fort Hood Harley Davidson. where he'll return May 8 for a celebration concert dubbed Granger and Friends. The concert is open to the public, and military ID holders and kids under 12 get in free. For event details and ticket info, visit www.bootwalk.com.
Proceeds raised from the "Boot Walk" and concert benefit the Boot Campaign, a national 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting patriotism, raising awareness and providing assistance to military families.
“'Boot Walk' started as a crazy extension of my entertainment tours in Iraq as a way to say thank you to our armed forces," Smith shared in a May 3 correspondence. "Now at year (No.) 4, it has turned into a very passionate fundraiser to me.
“I firmly believe that my career as a musician is enabled by the brave men and women that ensure our freedom. There's not a month in the year now that I'm not wearing combat boots and thinking about the next 100 miles,” he added.
As noted, Smith has invited friends and fans to join him in the two public portions of the walk. Details on meeting times and destinations are available at www.BootWalk.com.
“We are excited to have more people join in the 'Boot Walk' experience with Granger and make a bigger impact on our desire to awaken the patriot in us all and give back to our troops when they come back,” said Deanna Kenisell, co-special events coordinator for the Boot Campaign.
As for his May 8 concert, Smith and friends will perform at Fort Hood Harley Davidson. 875 W Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights, Texas. Concert tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
More about Granger Smith
Country singer/songwriter Granger Smith continues to reinvent the face of traditional country music. His consistency in providing powerful, heartfelt, blended songs have made him into a fan and critic favorite over the years.
His latest studio album, "Dirt Road Driveway," was released last month and debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart. The album is currently the best-selling independent country album in digital sales and has been named one of iTunes’ “Best Albums of the 2000’s.”
Smith launched a country boy alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., who has found his own success with “The Country Boy Song” and more recently, "County Boy Love." Dibbles is now part of Smith’s tour schedule, which includes more than 200 dates nationwide. Collectively, Earl and Granger can boast more than 18.6 million views on YouTube and have a captive audience on social media that exceeds 1.5 million followers.
For more information, please visit www.grangersmith.com.
About the Boot Campaign charity
The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 nonprofit that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home. The Boot Campaign cultivates awareness, promotes patriotism and provides assistance to military, past and present, and their families.
Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates six distinct initiatives--jobs, housing, wellness, urgent assistance, education and family support--that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back.”
- Video bonus: To see Granger Smith's official music video for "Miles and Mud Tires," simply access the clip embedded with this post.