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Rock star Corey Smith in LR this Sunday, April 17
Rock star Corey Smith in LR this Sunday, April 17

With seven albums and dozens of sold-out shows now under his belt — including at famed venues such as The Roxy in Atlanta and Georgia Theatre in Athens — Corey Smith brings his popular, unpretentious Americana act with country, rock and blues influences to Revolution Music Room on Sunday, April 17.

Since winning a songwriting contest and releasing his first album, "Undertones," in 2003, Smith has been soaring underneath the radar of the major labels by nursing a loyal fan base all over the South who appreciates his back-to-basics honesty in both his music and his lyrics.

"Drawing heavily from the blues, country and rock traditions of the South, he applies the back-porch twang of an acoustic guitar, a soulful singing voice, and well-crafted lyrics to the task of creating music that is at once distinct and familiar," Jambase.com says.

His supporting band is not bad either; this guy and his friends know how to "Party" — incidentally, one of his most popular live songs. You also might hear Corey Smith sing that "The Lord Works In a Strange Way," and in the next song he might be howling about his favorite bottle of whiskey, or he could be sing-song-telling off the authorities in typical redneck-rebel style.

Whatever he sings about, though, word about his heartfelt songs and captivating live performances has spread, and Smith is in high demand across the Southeast United States. His status as a "party-in-a-song phenom" is rapidly growing and is largely due to an extraordinary Internet presence.

He's such a hit online that even iTunes has taken notice, including him alongside the likes of REM, Widespread Panic, Kanye West and the B-52's on the new iTunes Essentials "Athens" compilation released March 15 of this year.

Says John Jeter of popular live music venue The Handlebar in Greenville, S.C.: "Corey is what might happen if you threw Jimmy Buffett, Robert Earl Keen, Donkey (from 'Shrek'), Bob Schneider and a few shots of whiskey into a blender, poured it into one of those 64-ounce traveling mugs that might last long enough to get you to the state line on the most insane road trip of your life (we're not promoting drinking and driving here) — and you're listening to Corey's music the whole way. Sing-a-long. Off-kilter. Edgy. Honest. Real as a paper cut. Funny as a fart in church."

Sounds like a show not to be missed!

Opening for Corey Smith at Rev Room Sunday night will be Matt Stillwell. The show, open to ALL AGES, begins at 8:30 p.m. 
Tickets are $16 in advance or $21 day-of-show and are available online at www.revroom.com. For info or VIP seating call 823-0090.

*www.lovelivemusic.com

—K*Star