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Florida-born country singer to open for Alabama in Stockton

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Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 4:00 pm

Southern rock band Alabama will play at the Stockton Arena on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m., with the Florida-born and Nashville-based country singer Easton Corbin as the opening act.

The News-Sentinel spoke with Corbin, who has been performing for 20 years, to discuss his musical background and influences.

Q: How did you get your start in music, and who are some of the more famous artists or bands you’ve shared the stage with?

A: I’ve been playing music all my life, I grew up around it. My grandpa was always singing, listening to country music, my dad, too. It’s Just something that comes naturally. I’ve been performing since I was about 15, playing guitar in a band. I’ve opened for Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw. I’m very fortunate and blessed to open for Alabama, I will say they’re a big name.

Q: What was it like growing up in Florida, and how are you liking Nashville?

A: I grew up on a small farm, showing cattle, FFA, all that stuff. A lot of people, when they hear “Florida,” they think of Miami, but it’s a big place, and I grew up in a small farm town. Nashville is a cool town, it’s definitely grown since I moved here. I’ve been here for 11 years, and it really took off in the last three to five years. It’s definitely a different Nashville, I guess it’s kind of hip to live here, now.

Q: Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to these days? What other hobbies do you have besides music?

A: Blake Shelton is good, Justin Lloyd, he’s a buddy of mine, Chris Stapleton is pretty good. I love hunting, fishing, just being in the outdoors. I’m also kind of a history nerd. I love Western history, the Wild West, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War. Any type of history, especially war, has always fascinated me.

Q: If you could share the stage with any artist, living or dead, who would it be, and why?

A: Keith Whitley, George Jones and Merle Haggard, those are my three biggest heroes.

Q: What advice would you give to young musicians about to embark on their first tour?

A: Watch and learn, you can learn a lot by watching other acts. Take good advice when you can get it, and surround yourself with good people.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?

A: I’ve got a new single out, called “A Girl Like You.”

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