By Caleb Hennington
Singer-songwriter Corey Smith to play Rev Room
Growing up in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, Americana singer-songwriter Corey Smith takes a lot of the inspiration used in his songs from that simple, quiet upbringing.
In his early years, Smith played music for fun in front of friends and family. He attended Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia, but later transferred to the University of West Georgia to be closer to his current wife. He spent time as a high school social studies teacher at a small school in Gwinnett County, Georgia. It was during this time that Smith decided to drop everything, at 28 years old, to become a full-time touring musician.
Hes known by fans and people in the music industry for his steadfast dedication to a DIY mindset and the accessibility he shows his fans after finishing a set. Hes not shy about visiting with fans after a concert to give them some much-requested face time.
His first album, Undertones, was released in 2003 on label Razor & Tie and features the song Twenty-One, which reached No. 50 on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart. His first major charting album was 2009s Keeping Up With the Joneses. But it was his next release, 2011s The Broken Record, that gave Smith his first breakthrough in the music industry.
His newest album, While the Gettin Is Good, was released in June and has been well received so far, both critically and by fans.
You can catch Smith at Rev Room at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $20.
This Weeks Music
Hard rockers Adelitas Way broke through the rock scene in 2009 when their single Invincible became the theme song for the wrestling program WWE Superstars. Formed in 2006 in Las Vegas, the band members released their debut self-titled album in 2009. Their sound is a mix of influences ranging from Guns N Roses to Foo Fighters. Theyll be playing with Maryland rockers Bad Seed Rising and fellow Vegas group Conflict of Interest at Juanitas at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
If you like your metal loud, chaotic, dissonant and led by a brutal female screamer, then you have to check out Shreveport, Louisiana, metalcore band iwrestledabearonce. The band formed around the talents of singer-screamer Krysta Cameron, who routinely juggled clean and growling vocals on songs. After becoming pregnant in 2012, Cameron was replaced by Courtney LaPlante, who became a permanent member of the band. The bands latest album, Hail Mary, was released in June and reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. The band performs alongside Within The Ruins and Conquer Divide at Rev Room at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15.
Singer Nan Maureen has been performing in the region for many years, bringing with her the old-school stylings of jazz music. Shes performed with notable jazz musicians Art Porter and Charles Thomas, and she will bring Bob Boyd on keys and Clay Paul on drums along for the performance. Catch Maureen and company at South on Main at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Since 2013, Michigan melodic hardcore members of I Prevail have amassed a substantial following, thanks to their blend of aggressive hardcore, electronica and melodic rock. The bands first EP, Heart Vs. Mind, hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock chart in 2014, thanks in part to the whirlwind success of their cover of Taylor Swifts Blank Space. The song has sold more than 200,000 copies on iTunes, and the music video for the song has had more than 12 million views on YouTube. Band members will hit the stage at Juanitas at 7:30 p.m., along with Dangerkids, Fit For Rivals, Dayseeker and The Animal In Me. Tickets for the show are $15.
Psychedelic rockers Electric Citizen play music
that harkens back to the early days of hard rock. Their 70s-influenced sound gives the listener a displaced sensation and might lead them to think theyre listening to a band from the days of Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix, rather than a band that formed in 2013. Electric Citizen will play alongside Enchiridion, Apothecary and Mortalus at 9 p.m. at Rev Room. Tickets for the all-ages show are $8 in advance, $10 day of show.
Members of Backroad Anthem, the acclaimed Fayetteville country rock band, make their way back to central Arkansas to play a show at Rev Room at 9 p.m. This group plays country music in the same vein as the Eli Young Band, Easton Corbin and Joe Nichols. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10.