BY JEFF CLARK
Traveling troubadour Corey Smith plays hundreds of shows across the US every year. The country singer is a native of Georgia and a diehard fan of University of Georgia football. Smith is also a husband and father and he is currently working on an album of new material to be released in early 2014.
Smith will be performing at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater September 27. Tickets are still available at ticketmaster.com.
How do you balance your career and your family?
I’m not sure. It’s one of those things that I hope I’m doing a good job at it. You never really know. You hope you’re doing a good job but you don’t really know until they grow up.
When I’m home, I try to make the most of it and I try to spend as much time with them as I can.
Are you looking forward to coming back to Tuscaloosa?
Oh yeah. I’ve been coming there for years. I have a lot of friends there and I feel at home there. I usually get to go fishing while I’m there with my buddy Tommy. It’s a nice feeling. The first time I played there was at a little bar. It’s one of those markets where step by step it’s gotten bigger and bigger.
What about Georgia football?
I would like to think we are going to win out. I wouldn’t be a real fan if I didn’t think like that.
I love Georgia football in the same way all of the Bama fans love Bama football. Tuscaloosa has a hell of football tradition; Athens doesn’t have a bad tradition, either.
When I get down or question my methods as far as my music career, I get a lot of inspiration from the University of Georgia, especially from Mark Richt and the football program.
What I like that Saban always says is that you have to create luck. Luck is a product of working hard and paying attention to details.
You think Bama and Georgia will meet up again in December?
I hope so. I hope it’s a better outcome for Georgia. But man, what a classic college football game.
I notice on Instagram (@coreysmithmusic) you post a lot of photos of food. Do you like Southern soul food?
Yeah, it’s one of the benefits of being out on the road. I lived with my grandma most of my childhood and she cooked a home-cooked meal every night. When I’m on the road, I like to find a place and clear my head and get some good food. Instagram is kind of a cool way to share it with people.