As of Sunday, July 15, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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LAWRENCEVILLE -- Corey Smith came back to Gwinnett County on Saturday, bringing along a few of his friends to have a rocking good time at Coolray Field.
Smith once taught social studies at North Gwinnett High School. The Jefferson native and University of Georgia graduate is now a big-time country star, hosting his "Red Clay Jamboree" at Lawrenceville's home of the Gwinnett Braves Saturday.
Cowboy-booted fans filled the stands and crowded onto the baseball diamond's infield as opening acts began taking the stage at 5:30 p.m., then roared as Smith himself meandered out.
"We were just talking about (Coolray Field being a great place to see a concert)," Winder resident Paula McIntyre said.
Added friend Deigh Martin: "It's outdoors and nearby, and it's not crowded."
Thousands of devotees were on hand to see Smith and opening acts Tyler Reeve, The FARM and Dustin Lynch, but the on-field access, stadium seating and unobstructed view from the atrium gave the show a more open, party-time atmosphere.
The location was perfect for Smith, who's gained even more notoriety of late for an offering titled "The Baseball Song."
Smith told the Daily Post before the concert that plenty of familiar faces were likely to be in the hometown crowd. Whoever they were, they were raucous.
"We're just a little crazy," Martin said.
Said McIntyre: "We're way-back-when fans."