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Chatham County Line
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Saturday night features compelling musical action, inside and out.
Corey Smith, a Georgia boy who has built a career practically on his own steam, has recently found himself in strong Nashville, Tenn., company. He will be bringing his band to Jefferson Center.
At Daleville Town Center Music Pavilion, North Carolina-based bluegrass act Chatham County Line headlines a bill that includes renowned singer and songwriter Scott Miller and a couple of Roanoke Valley acts. It’s all part of the opening salvo in 101.5 FM the Valley’s Music Place Summer Concert Series.
Both shows bring strong original music . Here’s what you can expect.
The high school social studies teacher from Jefferson, Ga., wasn’t trying to bypass the mainstream when he started building his career.
For Smith, playing music was just a moonlighting gig. Then he won an open mic contest that featured a prize of 12 free studio hours, and he cut an album of his original songs. Three albums and three years later, he figured he had a fan base big enough to leave teaching and take on the music business full time.
He has continued to build it on his own and last year came out with his seventh album, “Live In Chattanooga,” recorded in that Tennessee city.
It’s like a greatest hits collection from a repertoire that has sold more than 250,000 albums and more than a million singles downloads. Lyrics to such songs as “Drinking Again,” “Chattanooga” and especially “I Love Everyone (AKA — I Love Black People)” come from true life experience, he said.
Take the latter song on that short list. Smith, 33, said in a phone call from Jefferson on Monday that it was inspired by a drunk guy in Lexington, Ky., who had seen Smith perform, then later walked up to him spouting all sorts of racial slurs. As the drunk’s friends led him away, apologizing to Smith, the performer wondered if that guy thought that just because he was a country singer, that he would be OK with that sort of talk.
“And he kind of had his hand up, like he wanted me to give him five, assuming that I was going to go along with his racism,” Smith said. “It just baffled me.
“ The fact is, and it’s a sad fact, an ugly fact, that a lot of people stereotype country artists, and they assume that if you’re country, that you subscribe to this certain set of values. And that’s false.”
The country music establishment has come to accept him. In May, he played his Grand Old Opry debut. Nashville heavyweight Keith Stegall is producing Smith’s upcoming album.
Meanwhile, Smith and his band are looking forward to getting back on the road after a short break and hitting Roanoke for the first time. Among his sidemen is bassist Kris Dale, last seen in Roanoke during shows with Col. Bruce Hampton & the Quark Alliance.
Summer Concert Series
Daleville headliner Chatham County line’s latest album, like Smith’s, is a live performance. “Sight & Sound,” a CD/DVD set, features powerful performances of “Birmingham Jail,” “Wildwood” and “Crop Comes In.”
Scott Miller, who has been opening shows lately for Patty Griffin, has a new album in the works. Get a taste of “Big Big World” at pledgemusic.com/projects/scottmiller.
The Roanoke-based Rootstone Jug Band is just that — an old-school jug band . See for yourself at youtu.be/ITRJnUxWlas.
Show opener Cory Campbell turned in an impressive April 5 set at Kirk Avenue Music Hall, warming up a crowd for Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket.
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