Over the course of his groundbreaking career, Granger Smith has amassed a massive and rabid audience now known as "Yee Yee Nation" built through heavy touring and grassroots fan engagement. He now has a social media following exceeding eight and half million along with more than one billion online video views. Signed to BBR Music Group's Wheelhouse Records, Smith broke onto the national scene with Remington, an album that garnered him the No. 1 smash "Backroad Song." Smith was also awarded a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing and performing "Backroad Song" and followed it with the Top Five hit, "If The Boot Fits." “Backroad Song” was one of the Top 10 Most Played Country singles of 2016 according to Mediabase and has been certified RIAA PLATINUM. His album When The Good Guys Win spawned the hit “Happens Like That” that has been certified RIAA GOLD. Not only has Granger stacked major accolades as an artist, but he also released his first-ever book If You’re City, If You’re Country, which immediately hit No. 1 on Amazon best-selling lists. Known as an artist but also for his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., his family’s YouTube series “The Smiths” and his iconic outdoor apparel company, Yee Yee Apparel, Smith is a jack of all trades. Additionally, Granger and his wife Amber Smith started The River Kelly Fund to bring awareness and invest in children in need, arts and education, wildlife preservation, military, veteran and first responder assistance, donor affiliations, and many more organizations in honor of their son River Kelly Smith. Taking all of these experiences and channeling them into good, Smith released his 10th studio album called Country Things, which ultimately showcases the man, the father, the performer and bona fide artist Smith has become.
Jim Ranger spent the first part of his childhood traveling the country in an RV with his parents, who would sing and preach at churches and festivals. He started singing at 4 years old and learned the guitar at 13. Once his family settled down, he joined the school choir and found a passion for secular music. He went on to play in a jazz band and, at 20, married his wife, Camilla, whom he has known since they were babies. They now have three kids together and Jim works as a campus pastor and worship leader at his dad's church. Jim loves his role in the church but feels he has neglected his passion for secular music. He went on "The Voice" to prove to his kids that it is never too late to follow your dreams.- From NBC's the Voice.
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Joe Peters was born in the Country Music Capital of the West, Bakersfield, CA, in 1990. In his youth and early 20s, Joe could be found competing in rodeos, team roping, as well working on the family ranch. At age 8 he received his first guitar and started playing along to some of his favorite artists, including Waylon Jennings, George strait and Merle Haggard. In 2007, Joe began working at San Joaquin Bit Service, an oilfield tool company started by his dad in 1979.
In 2009 Joe decided to pursue his love of music and songwriting and shortly after in 2010 he began recording for the first time at American Sound Recording Studio, which has now become the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame. Several of the songs recorded there were released and found local popularity, and became important building blocks for Joe as he learned the ropes and developed his own style of writing .
Joe started working with other local artists and began playing gigs up and down the West Coast and Central Valley of California. He continued to expand his professional career, becoming co-owner of several businesses, earning his real estate license, and eventually began running the family company. Joe has built a solid reputation in every community he has been a part of from oil and ag, to roping and songwriting. During this time he became known as a strong motivator and mentor to others trying to make their way in these different arenas.
Throughout these experiences, Joe has never lost sight of his music dreams, and in the Spring of 2020 he released his debut album "Raise the Bar". The music is hard-hitting, real Country, showcasing Joe's years of experience in both life and music. The songs on this EP come together to tell one continuous story of rebellion, heartbreak, and redemption; each song varies in music and lyrical style while touching on his wide range of songwriting and performing ability.
Joe still resides in Bakersfield, CA, and when not working he can be found writing, recording, and traveling to new shows as he continues to "Raise the Bar".
Covid hit and they wouldn’t quit! The Boone’s Farm Trio is a local acoustic cover band who formed during a time when they felt people needed it most. With a looming pandemic and a need for live music, they came together at the last minute and threw together a very eccentric set of songs. Playing everything from Britney Spears to John Prine, they became booked and busy and joined the few artists bringing live music back to Kern County.
Guitar player Daniel Boone has been playing guitar since 1999. An accomplished musician, Daniel also plays keyboard, pan flute, banjo, bass, and harmonica and lays down some sweet, sweet vocals. In addition to the Boone’s Farm Trio, Daniel is a guitar and keyboard player for two other local bands, The Aviators and Lipstick Revolver which keep him very busy. Daniel keeps the crowd entertained with his impressions and is a longtime supporter of Yee Yee Nation.
With 15 years of experience, Drummer Sherwin “Bubba” Smith also stays turnt playing for other local bands as well as playing drums full time for Valley Bible Church. Sherwin is known for taking any song requests and has a knack for playing songs off the cuff. In addition to throwing down sick drum beats, Bubba plays guitar, harmonica and sings for Boone’s Farm when the mood strikes him. He also doesn’t know we’re an acoustic band and we’re not going to tell him any time soon.
From Salinas to San Diego, front woman Nicola Frudden, has graced stages with her amazing talents and charismatic personality. From her days as Miss Salinas Valley Fair to singing the National Anthem for national acts, Nicola has remained a force to be reckoned with in the live music scene. Nicola's dynamic vocal range and eclectic musical taste allows her to bring empowerment to women without male exclusion. No matter if she is singing for one person or one million, it is her goal to raise hell and make sure those around her are having a good time!