Easton Corbin brings youthful country sound to Potter Center
January 11, 2018
With a voice that was made for singing country music, Easton Corbin’s star is rising in Nashville. Hear this favorite when he comes to the Potter Center stage for one night only, Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
Like few recording artists today, Corbin has landed on the secret formula for effortlessly mixing contemporary country with the traditional sounds on which he was raised. With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Mercury Nashville’s Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. He is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll With It,” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1.
Corbin’s roots are in traditional country, but his sound includes other influences. In 2012, the rural Florida native released his sophomore album, “All Over the Road,” which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over the Road.” Corbin set a career-best debut on “Country Airplay” with his top 5 hit single, “Baby Be My Love Song,” from his No. 1 debuting album “About To Get Real.” Corbin spent 2016 on one of the biggest tours in country music – Carrie Underwood’s “The Storyteller Tour” which Billboard named the No. 1 country tour of the first half of 2016 Forbes picked it as one of 10 hottest tours of the fall.
“I grew up around my grandparents a lot, and my grandpa’s favorite singer was Roy Acuff, and my grandma’s favorite singer was Bill Monroe. I also fell in love with George Jones, Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley,” he says. “All that definitely shapes who I am musically.”
As does Easton’s keen ear for today’s language. The storyteller is able to take a modern phrase and, with just a change of inflection, twist it on its head, giving it a more classic, refined meaning. Corbin’s new single, “A Girl Like You,” from his upcoming fourth studio album is Top 30 and climbing and was released to rave reviews. “Taste of Country” picked it as a Critics Pick saying, “It takes a fraction of a second to know Easton Corbin is on to something different with “A Girl Like You.”
Dillon Carmichael to open for Easton Corbin
For a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Kentucky, the old country songs are the most powerful. Dillon Carmichael’s writing focus on country songs that say something. Hear more of this exciting young artist when he opens for Easton Corbin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Potter Center.
Carmichael earned his first publishing deal during his senior hear of high school, and has focused on writing country songs “with meat on their bones,” hearkening back to a time when country music emphasized true-life lyricism. With a gritty baritone and a knack for observational, at times personal, songwriting, Dillon has a profound respect for country music that was imparted on him by two uncles who know a little something about entertaining: John Michael Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery. Both encouraged Dillon’s own talent, but they didn’t mince words, reminding their nephew that he’d have to pay his dues. Which Dillon did by moving to Nashville and hunkering down to write every day. When he wasn’t in a songwriting session, the burly guy was literally protecting country music’s traditions – he worked as the night watchman at the Grand Ole Opry House. Now, as a signed artist with Riser House Entertainment and with five years of songs under his belt, he takes a step closer to deserving to be on the Opry stage.
For now, Dillon is anxious for country fans to hear what he’s been working on. Like “Do for You” and “She Likes Me This Way,” which both take a fresh approach to the country love song. “Do for You” is about the sacrifices you make for a meaningful relationship, from little things like getting dressed up, to life changes, while “She Likes Me This Way” is about the confidence that comes from selfless acceptance. Dillon’s an old soul, and the march of time and the changing of trends are often on his mind. In fact, the first tune that got him noticed, “Old Songs Like That,” memorializes the sounds of days gone by.
Tickets for the Easton Corbin concert, with opening act Dillon Carmichael, are $45, $42 and $30 and may be purchased by calling the Potter Center Box Office at 517.796.8600, or online at www.jccmi.edu/pottercenter.