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Easton Corbin at The Strand, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Easton Corbin has quite a bit to show for the first seven years of his recording career.

The country singer from Florida has released three Top 10 country albums and has notched six Top 20 singles, including his first two -- “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” -- that hit No. 1. He was also named the New/Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2010 American Country Awards.

What’s next? More of the same, Corbin tells us as he finishes work on his fourth album -- which he’s advanced with the single “A Girl Like You...”

• Corbin, 35, says by phone from Iowa that his next album is “pretty much done...unless we find some songs that are better. We’re actually in a phase of mixing, and I’m feeling good about it. We’ve got some songs like ‘A Girl Like You,’ more modern, and we also have some very traditional songs. I’m very excited about this record.”

• “A Girl Like You” was written by Ashley Gorley, Jessica Frasure and Rhett Atkins, and Eason says that, “When I first heard that thing, my (record company) guy played it for me and was like, ‘Man, you won’t like this. It’s probably too far to the left.’ I said, ‘Lemme here it. You never know...’ I kept going back to the song; There was something about it I really love. I love what it means, just a great feel-good song, obviously not too deep or anything. I love the riff on it and I said, ‘I think I can put my spin on this,’ and that’s what we did.”

• Assessing his career to this point, Corbin says that, “I’m just out there doing my thing. I’m definitely more of a traditional country artist. Country’s a pretty wide format right now as far as styles and things. I’m definitely more on the traditional side, but I think for me it’s very important to keep one foot in the modern, took, and marry those two things together. I try to do that. You’ve got to be comfortable with what you do. I think people can see through that if you’re not being yourself.”

If You Go

• Easton Corbin and Ruthie Collins

• 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

• Flagstar Strand Theatre, 12 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

• Tickets are $44.50-$64.50.

• Call 248-309-6445 or visit flagstarstrandtheatrepontiac.com.

Web Site: www.flagstarstradtheatrepontiac.com

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