Regulars Band seeks top billing

After six years of plugging away on the local music scene, members of a Henry County-based band said they are ready to take their aspirations to the next level. The group is set to take that step on Independence Day, before one of their biggest audiences to date.

The Regulars Band is scheduled to perform during a Fourth of July Festival, from 5 p.m., to 6 p.m., at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. They will be the opening act for Crystal Bowersox, who was the first runner-up on the finals of "American Idol" in 2010.

More than 100,000 people are expected to be in attendance for the televised event, according to Lee Smith, frontman and pianist for The Regulars Band. He said the concert will help to promote the group's self-titled compact disc, which is also its first full-length CD.

"This is a culmination of us growing over the years, and putting together something really solid," said Smith, 25, of Rex. "We took time with this, babied it, and got it right. If you want to know about The Regulars Band, these 13 tracks are it."

The Regulars Band was formed in 2005, with original members including Smith's sister, vocalist Lindsey Smith, and guitarist Robbie Croy. Bassist Clay Davis joined the group in 2008, and Jacob Irvin became the band's drummer last summer.

Lee Smith describes The Regulars Band's music as "every man's party band," combining funky, soulful rock music with a touch of pop. The scheduled performance in Atlanta comes about a year after Lindsey Smith's return to the microphone. She was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck which killed her boyfriend, 20-year-old Roy Kerlegan, III.

Lindsey Smith's injury put performances for the band on hold for about three months. She said the accident has given her more of a desire to seek success with The Regulars Band. Since that time, she said, the band has returned to the stage, and has begun to hit its stride musically.

"For me... it is motivation," said Lindsey Smith, also of Rex. "It's just keeping things moving forward and keeping things positive. I know that Roy would be proud of what the band and I are accomplishing.

"We are definitely staying more and more busy, which is nice," Lindsey Smith added. "We are getting to a point where we are playing a lot of our own music, and our own music is requested. I guess it's an indication that our name is getting out where we're playing."

Lee Smith agreed with his sister about the increased demand for The Regulars Band's music in recent months.

"We've gotten to the point where we're playing three shows a week, all around the Southeast, and playing every weekend as well. It's definitely gotten to a more professional level. We're playing to new people all the time, and playing to more people, and bigger crowds," added Lee Smith.

The band's new CD is available for $10 on their web site, www.regularsband.com. Videos for the group's songs are also on YouTube and Facebook.