In the inaugural season for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, we were treated to live performances from Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.

The city of Tuscaloosa didn’t disappoint with its Amp lineup for the second season, either.

The 2012 concert schedule brought in country music heavyweights like Luke Bryan, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson and Alan Jackson as well as singer-songwriter Corey Smith.

As I look back at the second season of highlights, meeting Jackson backstage would have to be the biggest and brightest moment, but my standout performance this year was from Corey Smith.
Singer-songwriter Corey Smith is flanked on the left by Kimberly Madison from "Madison & Shepherd in the Morning" and Monk on the right.

It was a nice, clear Friday night in September. Not too hot and luckily not too humid.

Tyler Farr opened the show, followed by new country sensation and “Cowboys & Angels” singer Dustin Lynch.

There was instant excitement through the crowd, many of them University of Alabama students, when Corey and his band appeared with instruments in hand, and those on the floor made their way to the base of the stage. He rolled through fan favorites “The Baseball Song,” “Drinkin’ Again,” “Twenty One” and “The Good Life.”

The most amazing thing was, despite limited radio airplay, the crowd sang along to almost every song. I’m not talking about picking up pieces of the chorus after Corey sings it through three times. Everyone ended up singing along to almost every single word.

This guy is a solid songwriter who self-produces his albums and has amassed a significant fan base by mainly touring non-stop for the past nine years or more. He has a unique way of connecting with his audience through his tongue-in-cheek approach to everyday life.

In all, it was a tremendous second season at the Amp with several fantastic country acts performing there. The people of Tuscaloosa have continued to support the amphitheater at each and every show.

Check out Corey Smith’s new release “The Broken Record” and I invite you to experience his live show with me the next time he comes to T-Town.