Granger Smith, also known as Earl Dibbles Jr., will headline the 2017 Antelope County Fair.
Smith will take the stage in Neligh on Friday night August 4, at 8 p.m., according to the Antelope County Agricultural Society.
Tickets will go on sale sometime in 2017 for the concert and other fair events, including the demo derby and tractor pull.
A well-known singer/songwriter Smith was in college when he landed a songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing in Nashville.
He wrote songs with his brother for years and then created his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr. in 2011, which brought him the attention he needed to share his music as himself.
He signed with Broken Bow Music Group in Nashville in 2015 after releasing “Backroad Song” to radio. With Broken Bow Records’ support, Smith re-released “Backroad Song,” which became his first No. 1 in early 2016.
Accolades continue to pour in for the fast-rising star.
Smith has been named “Country’s Next Big Star” by Forbes, MusicRow’s “Next Big Thing,” Rolling Stone Country’s “New Country Artists You Need To Know,” Billboard’s “Artist To Watch,” Huffington Post’s “Top 20 Artists To Watch,” Taste of Country’s “Hottest New Act of 2016,” among others.
Granger celebrated another milestone in his prolific career when he made his Grand Ole Opry debut, delivering back-to-back performances at the legendary Ryman Auditorium also known as the “mother church.”
Smith has released seven studio albums, one live album and one EP.