On March 12, 2017, the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg PA held an acoustic show featuring Granger Smith and Dustin Lynch. A sold out show in tow, here are my three reasons why they totally nailed it.
1. Stage presence
Although an acoustic set may be boring to some, I find them intriguing. Smith has a more quiet presence, one that displays confidence, passion, and poise. His performance of “Silverado Bench Seat” showcased his personality perfectly. Catchy but yet calm enough to handle anything. Granger Smith also has his alter personality Earl Dibbles Jr. You can beat your ass he made an appearance! Yee Yee. Dustin Lynch, on the other hand, has a more fiery and rowdy stage presence. The cowboy hat depicts his style excellently. Opening with “Hell Of A Night” sort of set the tone for how his entire set would be. I have never seen an acoustic set so lively.
Both artists have a special talent.. each unique. Smith, who plays guitar and has one of those rare vocals that does not sound like anyone else, displays his craft well. While he performed songs like “Remington” and “Back Road Song” it wasn’t until the track “Five More Minutes” that I truly saw a massive underlying passion. His ability to just be vulnerable and raw is impressive. Lynch shines on stage. He has this “it” factor that just draws you in. His smile and his charm is powerful but also his ability to connect with a song. From the sultry “Seein’ Red” to the ballad “Cowboys and Angels” Dustin Lynch remained strong in his ability to perform and entertain. He was born to be on stage.
Ah ha. There is that word we all seem to know, however, not all artists have true artistry. Granger Smith plays guitar, writes music and performs. All while doing it as two people instead of one. His music is catchy and let’s face it, country radio loves it. Dustin Lynch has a special flair for songwriting. His songs are witty, passionate and authentic. It’s hard to pull off an acoustic set, but these two did it with ease. They both equally share some artistry in their veins.
A die hard performance from both artists, this was one of the best acoustic shows I have witnessed. In attendance was also my six-year-old autistic son. A two-hour show with a special needs child is not ideal, however, it was entertaining enough that he never once got up from his seat. You know what’s so special about artists like Granger Smith and Dustin Lynch? That their music can make connections with those who aren’t even capable of making connections. Music is powerful, music moves mountains and music heals. Kudos to artists who are doing it right! If you haven’t had a chance to see these two live, then I highly suggest doing so. They are rock stars.