If you're a country music fan, you'd probably want to head up to Bradenton's Joyland this weekend just to see recording artist Granger Smith. The indie hitmaker and his ultra-redneck alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. will be performing on Saturday night, and tickets are only $10.
Not a bad deal, especially when you add in Boo Bash, Joyland's annual Halloween party that's also slated for Saturday night.
Smith has been making records for 17 years, and he's performed at the White House three times and has entertained troops in Iraq and Kuwait. He's hit a peak this year with his EP "4X4" and its hit single "Backroad Song."
Smith's college-educated and erudite, but on some recordings he performs as Dibbles, a gun-toting good ol' boy. Dibbles' best known song is "Country Boy," from the Smith album "Dirt Road Cowboy."
The 22nd annual Boo Bash is included in the price of admission. Among the highlights this year are costume contests. $1,500 in cash and prizes will go to the people who have the scariest costume, the sexiest costume and the best couple or duo costume.
Details: 7 p.m. Oct. 31, Joyland, 5520 14th St., Bradenton. Tickets: $10 plus service charge. Information: (941) 756-6060, joylandcountry.com.
-- Marty Clear