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Currington To Play Fort Smith Saturday

For country singer Billy Currington, there is no shame in delivering hit singles from the concert stage all night long.

The voice behind the No. 1 hits “Hey Girl,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “Good Directions,” “People Are Crazy” and “Let Me Down Easy” said he will be proud to mix his best-known material in with a few “surprise cover songs” when he plays part of his We Are Tonight Tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St.

The show, which also features openers Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice, will be both entertaining and relaxing for audience members, Currington said.

“It will be great for us to come play in Fort Smith, and to perform songs all of the fans know,” said the 40-year-old Currington during a recent telephone interview. “When it comes to covers, we like to play not so much the older cover songs, but songs that are especially fresh and new. It’s going to be fun.”

Born in Savannah, Ga., and signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2003, Currington has five studio CDs to his credit, including his latest album, “We Are Tonight.” He also scored a duet hit with Shania Twain, “Party for Two,” on Twain’s “Greatest Hits” album in 2004, and in 2006, Currington’s video for “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” won the CMT Music Awards’ Hottest Video of the Year Award.

Currington said his creative drive began when he first saw Kenny Rogers and Alabama co-headline a concert. He was only 10 at the time.

“That concert was the first time I remember wanting to be in the entertainment business,” Currington said. “I got more serious about the music later — so serious that after I graduated high school, I immediately moved to Nashville.”

Unlike some performers, Currington isn’t held prisoner by pre-show nerves while on tour.

“I can honestly say that I do say, ‘Man, I hope they love us tonight,’” he said before laughing.

When asked if it was difficult to remember the lyrics to all his songs, Currington laughed again.

“I do OK now,” he said before pausing. “But I can’t say that when I’m 70 years old I won’t need a teleprompter.”

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