“Best friends in a pickup truck, we were Panama City bound” is the first line in Corey Smith’s song that relates to many young people. Many college students love the song, “If I Could Do It Again” because they can reminisce about their high school senior trip or their college spring break trip.
Smith is a popular country/rock/blues singer that is best known for making listeners feel nostalgic. This has helped Smith connect with his audiences.
According to Smith’s website, he will make a stop in Hattiesburg with tour partners Sundy Best to perform at Brewsky’s Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Sundy Best’s music sounds similar to Smith’s.
Southern Miss student, Erin Bordelon, a junior speech pathology major, already bought her ticket for Smith’s show. Bordelon and her friends bought the tickets as soon as they went on sale in August.
“I like his music because it’s relatable,” she said. “His songs are stories about himself whenever he was our age. It’s like nothing has changed from his generation to ours now.”
Smith’s honest lyrics are why his live performances are so popular. Crowds of people love swaying to the music with their friends and they love singing along to songs that describe their life experiences.
Smith’s most-requested song is “Twenty-One.” The slow, relaxed song debuted in 2011 and peaked on the U.S. Country Charts at number 50.
The country crooner sings about life as a 17 year old who wishes he was 21. In the song, he describes how he’s ready to feel older and not use a fake I.D. anymore. He goes on to sing about turning 26 and realizing life went by too fast.
“Ain’t Going Out Tonight” is Smith’s newest single. The song, which was released on Oct. 15, is about a man promising the woman in his life that he is growing up. He is ready to change his life and commit to her. The song has a folk sound that will have audiences singing along and nodding their heads to the music.
Tickets to the show are $25 and are available on Brewsky’s Facebook page.