Alt-country artist to play Bowling GreenWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Corey Smith knows everyone loves a deal. That’s why the singer-songwriter has free music on his Web site, www.coreysmith.com.
“When I write a song, the most important thing is getting it heard by people,” he said. “I still give away songs. I started recording really rough versions of new songs a couple weeks ago and just put them up on the web site, and between Twitter and Facebook, just telling fans about it. I find that to be very rewarding.”
His new disc, “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” will be out Nov. 17. But fans can hear — and download — three songs.
“I’ve been playing ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses,’ ” Smith said from a tour stop in Estero, Fla. “That’s an autobiographical song. It’s the type of song my fans are probably used to hearing from me about life in general, about being happy with what you have.”
He said another new track, “$8 Bottle of Wine,” is about his wife.
“It’s a song about being married and having a good time. I guess the theme of the song is just because something is cheap doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyed.”
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2001, the native of the Peach State took a job teaching high school social studies. Then he won a songwriting competition that led to the chance to record his first disc, “Undertones,” which came out in 2003.
Since then, Smith has released “In the Mood” in 2004, “The Good Life” in 2005 and “Hard-Headed Fool” in 2007.
“I’ve just always written what I’ve felt, what I’ve experienced, and what’s in my head. I still find it shocking when people are moved by it,” he said. “I think a song needs to give people sort of a visceral experience, it needs to connect them to things that are unknown, emotions or virtues.”
Smith described his music as a mix of country, rock and blues.
“Because we’re independent, [the music] hasn’t been processed by the industry. It’s more country music than anything, but it’s country music that hasn’t been processed through Nashville, sort of undistilled, unrefined,” the guitarist said. “It has a slightly different vibe to it; again, I have more leeway as a writer and a producer.”
Smith will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Clazel Theater in Bowling Green. Tickets are $15 and $12.
The Elms, touring to support their new disc, “The Great American Midrange,” will open.
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