Smith, whose latest record, “Live In Chattanooga,” includes music from throughout his career, will hit the venue’s Shaftman Performance Hall on June 29.
The Georgia born-and-bred Smith has been DIY from the start, never signing with a record label and basing his life and career in his home state. Meanwhile, word of mouth about his live shows has led to a strong following and record sales. According to Pollstar.com, Smith “claimed in 2010 a five-year gross revenue of more than $7.5 million, selling 600,000 tickets and 150,000 units of his six albums.”
In 2005, he sold out Athens, Ga.’s landmark Georgia Theater — with Zac Brown Band opening the show — and afterward told his high school students that he was quitting teaching in favor of a full-time music life. Along the way, he has helped provide a blueprint for a new music business model. Read the full Pollstar piece.
His music has a lot of rock and pop elements, but lots of authentic country touches, too. He will play the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, Tenn., for the first time in May.
Tickets go on sale April 26, with a pre-sale to Jefferson Center members on April 25.
I have asked for ticket prices and will update when I know. Tickets are $28.