Looking at singer/songwriter Corey Smith’s past and present tour itineraries, you’ll see a trend: Augusta, Ga.; Richmond, Va.; Orange Beach, Fla. Cities large and small in the southeastern United States have taken a shine to the Jefferson, Ga., native, and the numbers show. Of the 20 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore last year, Smith drew 15,000 fans for a ballpark $250,000 gross—imagine the value when, according to Smith, he played around 200 shows last year total.
“When I first started touring, I remember playing to rooms of 50 twice a month in my hometown. I got a call to play a show in a town up north and when I got there, there were 100 people. And they all knew the words,” 30-year-old Smith says. “People just find something universal about my songs and tell each other about it in a very organic way.”
Smith has sold 204,000 digital tracks, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the most in-demand of which are “If I Could Do It Again,” “Twenty-One” and “Drinkin’ Again.” An extensive tour is slated for this year.