Heavy Duty Driving With Granger Smith
The country musician talks about toughening up his ride, and provides a playlist of favorite tunes.
Cowboys & Indians: You’re on the road right now in the Granger Smith tour van ...
We love a good driving song, and so do the guys in Granger Smith's band. We caught up with them on their way to a gig in Corpus Christi and asked what they like at loud volume in the tour van when they’re doing some heavy-duty driving. Enjoy!
Granger Smith: Yeah, we’re driving through South Texas on our way to a gig in Corpus [Christi]. We’re on the road about three or four days a week. As much as we’re on the road, being safe is a big concern for us. We’re often driving in rural areas late at night, where hitting deer or buzzards or other animals used to be a huge concern because of potential damage to [our] vehicle and to us. Now we have a custom-made Ranch Hand on the van and we feel so much better. We can just stay straight and not worry about it so much.
C&I: When you’re not on the road, what’s your life like and what do you drive?
Smith: I’m a dad and husband. I live in Round Rock, Texas, with my wife, Amber, and baby daughter, London. When I’m home I drive a 2005 Chevrolet pickup that has a full front-end Ranch Hand. I like to travel with it and have it on the front because it’s protection from everything hazardous on the road. Even if you have a fender bender, it doesn’t do anything to the Ranch Hand.
C&I: And for kicking back?
Smith: My dad and family have had a ranch in Clifton in central Texas for 15 years; they raise whitetailed deer out there. We go out to the ranch a lot to relax and see the family. It’s a big part of our lives. Ranch Hand is part of the family out there, too — my dad has one on his Dodge pickup.