Easton Corbin brings traditional country sound to Live @ Veishea

Frances Myers

With his thick Southern drawl and casual demeanor, it’s pretty easy to find the country boy in Easton Corbin. And with the traditional country sound resonating through each of his songs, it’s pretty easy to see why so many are calling the newcomer, the “next George Strait.”

When asked about his thoughts about being compared to “The King of Country,” in an interview with the Daily, Corbin was modest in his answer.

“I think it’s a huge honor to be compared to George. He’s definitely a hero of mine and he’s an icon in country music,” Corbin said. “I’m very, very proud to be compared to that. I do what I do and keep it real simple. “

Corbin is well known for such hits as “Lovin’ You is Fun,” “Roll With It” and “I Can’t Love You Back.” His first hit, “A Little More Country Than That,” he said best describes the life he lives and the type of person he is and strives to be.

Corbin took home three awards at the 2010 American Country Awards including: New/Breakthrough Artist of the Year; Single by New/Breakthrough Artist with “A Little More Country Than That” and Music Video by New/Breakthrough Artist with “A Little More Country Than That.”

Hailing from Gilchrist County, Fla., Corbin learned to love country music through his grandparents.

“I’ve just always loved country music. I was raised around my grandparents a lot and they really nurtured that love of country music with their influences,” Corbin said. “I remember growing up on Hee Haw and Grand Ole Opry … I was really nurtured to love that type of country music. I just love it.”

Corbin recently released a third album, “All Over the Road.” This album includes his current single of the same name as well as another single, “Lovin’ You is Fun.”

Corbin attended college at the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, earning a degree in agribusiness. He was also a member of the Future Farmers of America growing up. Corbin thinks his experiences will help him connect with the crowd at Veishea.

“Being a part of [the Future Farmers of America] and in the agriculture school, I’m sure there’s a lot of kids that connect to me and you know, the same life I grew up. I know for sure I can hopefully connect to that crowd,” Corbin said. “It’s always a great opportunity to play for a college crowd or other people that grew up like me.”

Corbin said his current plans include going out on the road with Blake Shelton on his Ten Times Crazier 2013 Tour. His future plans include writing more songs and hopefully getting fans more material to enjoy.

“Hopefully, we’ll be out there getting another record here soon and get a chance to promote that one,” Corbin said.

Corbin will be headlining Live @ Veishea on Friday, April 19, 2013. The lineup also includes Jana Kramer, Clayton Anderson, Kris Allen, Andrew Allen and A Ray.