A true blues man at heart, Corey Mac has quietly made a name for himself while changing the face of modern blues over the last 10 years in Nashville. During that time he has managed to hone his craft while sharing the stage with some of the greatest artists to around. In only a few short years, Corey Mac has managed to become a house hold name synonymous with the Blues.
Born in Nashville, Corey Mac began his illustrious carrier listening to country music in the back seat of his mothers car. Ironically it was watching TV that would introduced him to the three biggest musical influences of his early years: Michael Jackson, Marty McFly, and Elvis Presley. "They were these bold, powerful performers, who sang tunes that painted really vivid picture, it turned songs into moves in my head." says Mac. "Some of my first memories are of mom singing tunes like "Daddy's Hands" or "The Night the Lights went out in Georgia" whenever they came on the rsdio. When I was 8 Elvis movies were always on TV and my hero, Marty McFly, made me want to play guitar. One of my earliest memories was being in the room that my mother and I shared while living at my grandmother’s house singing Michael Jackson songs into a little plastic mic while trying to moon walking."
For his 9th Christmas his father gave him his first guitar. Instead of learning to play it, Mac pretended to play it while singing into a makeshift microphone wedged into the top dresser drawer. "I was always a better performer than a musician", noted Mac. "This was during the country music revolution of the 90's. When country music was retro fitted with rock lead guitar, Blues bass lines, and R&B vocal runs. I loved all that stuff. Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, etc. Those guys caught a lot of flak because they were changing the game, but they taught me a lot about technique." says Mac. It would be another 10 years before he really took up the guitar.
In 2004, at age 21, Mac bought his first electric guitar. Three months later he got on stage for the first time to sing and performed at the local Thursday night Blues Jam. "My knees where shaking so bad! I know people could see", said Mac. For years he would work on his craft, shedding for hours and listening to the innovators of blues like Clapton, S.R.V., Hendrix, B.B.King, and Robert Johnson. "But Freddie King was my guy!" Mac says. "Freddie was the difference in blues. Everyone else decided that Blues was strictly one of a hand full of ways. Freddie King was the 4th dimension. The dude was just the business! Freddie sang with such ferocity and power that I was instantly hooked. I knew after I heard ‘Going Down’ for the first time that this was how I wanted to sing. That this was the kind of vocalist I wanted to be." 10 years later Mac would be presented with the Nashville Independent Music Award for Best Blues Artist of 2014.
One of Mac's most notable moments came one night while performing at the Preston Hotel. In attendance that night was country music royalty, Alison Krauss dining along side rock legend and, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Mr. Robert Plant. "It was towards the end of the night when someone told us they were in the crowd and we got to meet them after the show. It was only for a few minutes but that meeting cemented my goals musically. It changed things. That little affirmation made it so no one could tell me i wasn't good enough. I knew I could do this. And from then on I knew that how hard I grind would ultimately determined how far I would go" says Mac. The Corey Mac Show can be found every Monday night at 8pm at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar in Printers Alley, Nashville, TN.