Easton Corbin - Knoxville, TN
Concert Review by: Connie
Breeden, Staff Journalist
Photos by: Leland Colley
sure you've been advised at some point in your life, to just
"roll with the flow." Well, it appears newcomer, Easton Corbin,
has heeded that advice and his ability to "Roll With It" has
taken him straight to the top of the country music charts and
given him two consecutive number one singles off of his debut
album. As he rolls with the flow, he has also learned how to
raise the roof and I can vouch for that. I witnessed it first
hand, this past week, when he played to a standing room only
crowd at Cotton Eye Joe.
As a youngster, Corbin won his fair share of FFA Awards which
was most likely what encouraged him to earn a business degree
through the College of Agriculture at the University of Florida.
Although he was a devoted farmer, his true passion was always
music, so it is only fitting that the awards he is compiling
these days are all from the country music industry. Corbin has
been nominated in seven categories by the American Country
Association, the only totally fan voted country music awards. He
has also been nominated for three awards by the Country Music
Corbin says, "Even though I didn't write, 'A Little More Country
Than That,' this song identifies who I am." Appropriately
enough, this song was his first number one hit. In his bio he
says, "Like his heroes Strait and Whitley, [he] is
unapologetically country. His songs, while rooted in the
present, call to mind simpler times when the back porch was
where folks gathered to network. Steel guitars and fiddles are
as much a part of his sound as his baritone drawl."
Corbin was surprised when Bruce Shindler, Vice President of
National Promotion For Mercury Nashville, stepped onstage with
Mike Hammond of WIVK Knoxville and Jed Bakri, owner of Cotton
Eyed Joes, to present him with a plaque in celebration of his
seven ACA nominations, and newest single, "Roll With It,"
hitting number one on the charts. This gives Corbin back to back
number one singles. The plaque was autographed and will be
archived at the venue.
No matter how you "Roll With It," whether by bus, train, plane
or your souped up, high speed, 4 wheel driv'in truck, when you
pass a venue without a roof, you will know one thing for
certain, Easton Corbin performed there the night before.