City Paper intern and contributor Melissa Xenakis made her way to the Music Farm on Fri. Feb. 1 for a performance by the increasingly popular singer/guitarist Corey Smith. She had this to say afterward:

“It takes a lot to make me nostalgic about being 18 again (21+ is much more fun), but a Corey Smith concert makes it nearly impossible not to reminisce about those long lost days full of partying with your friends, long summer nights, and getting into trouble. The Music Farm was packed with fans of all ages, mainly underagers, making me feel as if I were at a Hannah Montana concert. But once the music started, it became very clear that Miley Cyrus was not in the house.

Going in, I wasn’t sure what to expect of his style of music, but the lyrics captivated his audience in such a direct and relatable way. As the crowd swayed to Charleston’s favorite, “Carolina,” you could hear distinct influences of bluegrass and class rock in his musical approach.

Smith’s songs are about being young and free. His smooth, genuine songwriting ability has gathered a huge and very loyal fan base, who view him as a very real, down-to-earth guy who understands what life is really all about. Judging from his lyrics, they seem to be on target. On a lighter note, his song “Fuck the Po-po” was definitely a crowd favorite, and had underagers galore waving around their middle fingers in teenage angst. By the show’s end, Corey and his music had  made a lasting connection to the audience and ‘he couldn’t do it much better than that.”

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