“About to Get Real” is the name of the country singer/songwriter’s new album which includes his Top 5 hit “Baby Be My Love Song” and his new single, “Yup.”
And it will get real live on Friday, Sept. 25, when Corbin is joined by Kellie Pickler and another new-gen country artist Chase Bryant at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $43 reserved grandstand and $48 reserved track seating. The final grandstand show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, with Josh Turner.
Corbin was on the road headed to a show in Oklahoma when we caught up with him by phone. Being a country music artist has been a lifelong dream “I’ve always wanted to do it. I always knew music was something in my heart I wanted to do,” he said.
He grew up on his grandparents farm in Florida, and showed cattle at local fairs. “The fairs, they always make me feel at home,” he said, noting that “all that fair food is good. I had a corn dog just the other night.”
Corbin was close to getting a college degree in agribusiness when he left to try his hand in Nashville. He and his wife headed to Tennessee in 2006. He worked at an ACE Hardware store for a couple of years. A distant cousin, who was a music professor at the University of Montana and had Nashville connections, heard his music and set him up with some contacts. Following an impromptu performance for some industry insiders, Corbin signed with a label. His debut song was “A Little More Country Than That.” That song and his second single, “Roll With It,” both went to No. 1.
His smooth tenor voice has been compared to that of George Strait. “It’s a huge compliment,” Corbin said. “But there’s never gonna be another George Strait. He does his thing and I do mine. It is very flattering though.”
One of his favorite songs on the new album is one he wrote, “Like a Song,” a love ballad. “We went into write that day and that’s what we came up with,” Corbin said. “I really like that song.”
He’s worked with Bryant and Pickler “a little bit,” and is excited about the show and album tour.
“That will keep me busy for awhile. It’s all about making fans and getting as close to as many of them as possible.”
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A little Q&A:
Me: With all that hardware store experience, are you a handy guy around the house?
Easton: I wouldn’t say that, but I know where everything is in the store!
Me: You seem to have a real sense for style. Is that important to you?
Easton: I like to look nice … with a nice shirt and nice pair of jeans like you’re going out on Friday or Saturday night.
Me: What do you like to do in your spare time, when you’re not making music?
Easton: Fish, hunt, ride motorcycles. And sometimes I just want to go home and relax. Maybe workout a bit. We do all that on the tour, lift weights and run. If there’s a gym nearby we might go there and do a bit of all of it.
Me: Do you remember your first public appearance?
Easton: I was about 15 or 16 years old and I was in a band, a country band, in Florida. The first time I heard one of my songs on the radio I was on a radio tour. I think it was in my hometown.
Me: Did you recognize it?
Easton: You better believe it!