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As he comes to Tampa, Corey Smith talks about being a Nashville outsider




You’ve probably never heard his music on the radio or bought one of his albums at Walmart.

But that’s not to say Corey Smith isn’t popular.

His new album, Keeping Up with the Joneses, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. College kids love him, snatching up loads of albums and merchandise at every show.

Not bad for a former teacher turned country singer and songwriter who doesn’t have a major record label or even a promoter.

"My job is to write songs that resonate with people," Smith said by phone from a recent tour stop at James Madison University in Virginia. "People want to experience art that resonates with them. They want to be reminded that we all have similar struggles. Those types of songs market themselves because they’re viral. Good art is infectious. People want to share with it others."

LISTEN - Corey Smith, 'If That's Country'

Smith performs Thursday at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, alongside Matt Mackelcan and A to Z. Tickets are $16-$32. Click here for details.

And click here to read the rest of Susan Thurston's interview with this avowed Nashville outsider, including why he'd turn down the chance to play with Brad Paisley.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:17pm]


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