Carri Smithey Band looks to crowdfund debut album

by Jeff Sykes

Singer/songwriter Carri Smithey of Burlington knows how to belt out a lyric with the best of them. She’s burned up stages across the Triad with her bluesy delivery of well-crafted country songs.Smithey sang back up on a track for local rockers, The Ends, and the band liked her style so much they decided to become her back up.The Carri Smithey Band is looking to raise $5,000 via online donations to record the group’s debut record. The band kicked off an Indiegogo campaign last week. “I understand the magnitude of $5000, but for the first time ever, I have some musicians that truly from the bottom of their souls believe in my music, and in me,” Smithey wrote about the project. “It has really pushed me to be a better singer-songwriter, and I’m so thankful for their support and encouragement.”The group will collabroate on all new material for the upcoming record.

Carri Smithey Band – “Should Have Seen It” from Bryan Baker on Vimeo.

Since coming together in January, the Carri Smithey Band has made quite an impression. The group placed third out of 600 contestants in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at this year’s Merlefest. Smithey, bassist Josh Coe, and guitarist Keith Ingalls performed for judges at Merlefest in April and came away thrilled with the experience.The group performed the week before Merlefest at the opening of The Railyard concert series in Downtown Greensboro. The full band includes drummer Ryan “Bunk” Burgess and Greensboro’s Josh King, a guitarist known for his work with House of Fools and Roseland.Check out the Carri Smithey Band’s Indiegogo campaign page here.