Easton Corbin to play Little River Casino Resort

MANISTEE — Little River Casino Resort will welcome American country singer and songwriter Easton Corbin this summer.

The event will be held at 8 p.m. on June 9.

Corbin’s first album, titled “Easton Corbin,” was released in 2010 and two of its songs, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll with It,” became No. 1 hits.

Easton Corbin grew up in a small town in northern Florida, but hit it big with No. 1 hits "A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll with It.” He will perform at Little River Casino Resort at 8 p.m. on June 9. (Courtesy photo)

Easton Corbin grew up in a small town in northern Florida, but hit it big with No. 1 hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll with It.” He will perform at Little River Casino Resort at 8 p.m. on June 9. (Courtesy photo)

Corbin grew up in small-town northern Florida on his grandparents’ farm near Trenton, which is located 50 miles west of Gainesville.

Perhaps anticipating a life on the farm, he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in agribusiness. Soon after receiving his degree, however, he moved to Nashville where his day job was at an Ace Hardware store and by night he performed at writers’ gatherings.

Corbin has released two others albums — “All Over the Road” in 2012 and “About to Get Real” in 2015. Four more singles have reached the top 10 on the country charts — “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” “Baby Be My Love Song,” “Are You With Me” and, most recently, “A Girl Like You.” His latest hit peaked at No. 6 last month on the Billboard country airplay music chart.

In 2010, Corbin was named breakthrough artist of the year at the American Country Awards, where he also won the award single by a breakthrough artist for “A Little More Country Than That” and the top music video award for that same song.

He was also nominated for a video of the year award at the CMT Music Awards and as new artist of the year and for single of the year by the Country Music Association. In 2011 he was nominated by the Academy of Country Music Awards for top new solo vocalist.

Corbin is said to have perfected a sound that mixes contemporary and traditional country sounds. He says while growing up he came to appreciate the classic country sounds his grandparents enjoyed — Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, George Jones, Merele Haggard and Keith Whitley, among others.

He got his start in music taking guitar lessons as a 14-year-old from session musician Pee Wee Melton at Dixie Music Center near his hometown. Soon thereafter he joined a band that was selected as the opening act for Janie Fricke and Mel McDaniel.

In 2005 his talents were recognized at the Annual Suwannee River Jam, and after moving to Nashville in 2006 he made his first recording in 2008, a six track demo CD with the help of songwriter Reese Wilson and producer Steve Davis.

He co-wrote four of his songs — “Like a Song,” “Diggin’ on You,” “Damn Girl” and “Wild Women and Whiskey.”

Corbin signed with Mercury Records Nashville in 2009, but was reportedly dropped from that label last month.

Tickets for this event at the Little River Casino Resort Entertainment Center go on sale Friday at the Little River Box Office, online at LRCR.com or by phone with Star Tickets at 800-585-3737.

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