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Corey Smith Records "Junkyard Revival" at Ardent in Memphis John Hampton Tracks & Mixes Top Touring Artist
"It exceeded my wildest expectations," remarked Smith.
"I've always wanted to capture the sound of our live shows and I think my entire recording career has been building towards this new album at Ardent. I'd been working on some songs for the past year and suddenly I hit an explosion of new material and luckily found a window in our touring schedule to record."
|Pictured (L-R) at Ardent in Memphis are Mike Wilson (2nd engineer), Antwane McMullin (drums, perc), Corey Smith (vox, gtrs), Lee Davis (keys), Kris Dale (bass), Mike Hines (gtrs, BGV), and John Hampton (engineer).|
Corey Smith grew up in Jefferson, Georgia, and often visited the nearby college town of Athens, home of REM, The B-52's and other indie bands. After attending Gainesville State College and the University of West Georgia, he then entered the University of Georgia, where he majored in Social Studies education. While studying, he began to develop his musical career and found popularity among his peers and fellow students. After graduation, he became a high school teacher of geography and history before deciding to pursue music full-time at the age of 28.
"What is so cool is how we recorded this new record at Ardent," added Smith. "It was really old school with the band live and me recording vocals and guitar at the same time. Coming to Ardent made all the difference, where we felt so comfortable, with nothing else to focus on but the playing, where the musicians could see each other and feed off one another."
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