By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Country music star Easton Corbin will take the stage of Edgecombe Community College's (ECC) Keihin Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
ECC is partnering with PNC Bank to bring the popular, 31-year-old musician to its Tarboro campus as part of the Edgecombe Events Series. His appearance follows his nationwide supporting slot on country superstar Blake Shelton’s “Ten Times Crazier Tour.”
The supporting act for the concert is up-and-coming Nashville country artist Jackie Lee, who shares Corbin’s booking agent – William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Lee will perform with his full band.
“It should be a fun evening of country music,” said ECC Cultural Arts Director Eric Greene.
He said folks coming to the concert could expect to hear Corbin’s hit singles, including “A Little More Country Than That,” which reached No. 1 on the charts.
Other hit songs that audiences are likely to hear during Saturday’s concert are Corbin’s fourth single “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, and the title track for his second studio album “All Over the Road.” That song was released to country radio on Jan. 14.
Corbin’s self-titled debut album came out in 2010 and he’s been touring and performing ever since.
“By now, he’s a pretty seasoned performer,” Greene said. “This band that backs him has been with him for a while, so they’ve had some time to develop some really good chemistry.”
Corbin moved to Nashville in 2006 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a country music singer after earning his agribusiness degree from the University of Florida.
Since then, he has received a number of accolades in the country music world. He is the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1 on the charts. He won 2010 American Country Awards in every breakthrough artist category – Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist, and Single of the Year.
Corbin knew as a little boy growing up on his grandparents’ farm in Gilchrist County, Fla. that he wanted to be a country singer.
“One of my earliest memories is from when I was three or four,” Corbin remembers. “I was sitting between my parents in the car and a song came on the radio – it was Mel McDaniel’s ‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.’ I began using the gearshift as my microphone.”
Corbin won’t be the first famous country artist to take the stage at the Keihin Auditorium, and he probably won’t be the last.
“I think this show will be right on par with Jason Michael Carroll and Love & Theft and Taylor Swift, from an artistic standpoint,” said Greene, citing past performances.
Saturday’s show kicks off Edgecombe Performance Series Season Nine. Greene said the season includes a “wide variety of entertainment,” from country music to orchestral music to a cappella.
Reserved seats for the concert are available for $45 each, through the ECC Box Office and online at HYPERLINK "http://www.etix.com" www.etix.com. The box office is open until 5 p.m. today and until 4 p.m. Friday. To purchase tickets by phone, call Greene at 823-5166, ext. 187.
The Keihin Auditorium is located in the T.S. Fleming Building, at 2009 W. Wilson Street.