Easton Corbin

Doc Roc Presents

Easton Corbin

Adam Craig

Thu Mar 14

Cain's Ballroom

Tulsa, OK

$27, $29, $29, $37

This event is all ages

Show :: 8pm (times are subject to change)

Easton Corbin
Easton Corbin
Easton Corbin knew he wanted to be a country singer well before he learned how to play guitar.

"One of my earliest memories is from when I was three or four," he 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. The desire has always been there."

Born and raised in rural Gilchrist County, Fla., Easton spent much of his time on his grandparent's cattle farm after his parents divorced when he was young. "I lived a mile from the Suwannee River," he says. "I grew up fishing on it and I loved to work on the farm. Every weekend, that's where I'd be."

A member of FFA and 4-H, Easton showed cattle at the local livestock fair. Growing up the smallest county in the state on farmland nestled between two small towns had its advantages. "It's a close community," he says. "Everybody knows everybody.

"There's no Walmart there," he says. "There was a Hardee's, but it closed. That was the only franchise fast food place in the county. Trenton has a red light; Bell has a blinking light. It's a great place."

While no one in his family played a musical instrument, music was a big part of his upbringing. "My grandparents liked to watch the Opry," Easton remembers. "We'd start Saturday night off with 'Hee Haw' and then 'Opry Backstage' and then 'Opry Live'."

It was also at his grandparent's house that he discovered a record player and his father and aunts' left-behind records in a front room. "I'd go in there and play those records for hours," he says.

When Easton was 15 years old he began taking guitar lessons from Pee Wee Melton, a local musician who had at one time played on sessions in Nashville. "He was a great mentor," Easton says. "He was a great player and a great teacher. He was a really big influence on me."

Every day when he got home from school, Easton would practice guitar for hours, sometimes until his fingers were raw, then help his grandfather around the farm.

Encouraged by Melton, Easton began playing lead guitar in a local band. "I'd always wanted to play and sing, but up until that time I never really did do it in public," he says. "We'd play school functions and parties. We were too young to play bars, but we played everything else."

An impromptu audition at a local music store led to a slot on the Suwannee River Jam, a nearby festival that attracts thousands of people and national touring acts. "It was just me and a guitar in front of a 40-acre field full of people," Easton remembers. "It was great."

Soon he was opening for other national acts when they played the area, including Janie Fricke and Mel McDaniel, the man whose song Easton had performed in the car years earlier.

After earning a business degree through the College of Agriculture at the University of Florida, Easton took two important steps. "My wife, Brinn, and I got married on September 2, 2006, and on October 14 we moved to Nashville," he says. "I always knew I wanted to move up here. There was never any question about it. I didn't want to wake up one day and wish I would have tried it, but I had to get my education first so I had something to fall back on."

Easton, who had been making regular trips to Nashville to perform at writer's nights, took a day job at a local Ace Hardware and his wife found a job at a doctor's office.

When a distant cousin, also a professor of music management at the University of Montana, heard Easton's music, he asked if he could send it to some of his Nashville contacts. Among those who were impressed by Easton's music was booking agent James Yelich, who asked if he could hear him play in person. Easton, eager for a shot to pursue his dream, quickly agreed.

Also at the meeting was Joe Fisher, who had recently joined Universal Music Group Nashville as Senior Director of A&R. The two men were blown away and Fisher quickly signed him to the label.

Easton, whose musical influences include George Jones, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Keith Whitley, found a kindred spirit in producer Carson Chamberlain, who years earlier had toured with Whitley as his steel guitar player and bandleader. "We really hit it off," Easton says. "I love traditional music and he does too. I knew he was the producer for me."

The two men began working in earnest. "We worked our butts off trying to find the right songs," Easton says. The result is an over-the-top album that includes cuts from Nashville's top songwriters, including Mark D. Sanders, Wynn Varble, Tony Lane and David Lee, among others.

First single, "A Little More Country Than That," which was written by Rory Feek, Don Poythress and Varble, paints a picture of rural life that speaks to Easton's small town sensibilities. "Even though I didn't write it, this song identifies who I am," he says. "It shows character and that's important where I'm from. You learn to say 'yes, ma'am' and 'no, sir,' and to open the door for the ladies."

Among the songs included on the album are three Easton co-wrote with Chamberlain and Sanders during a trip to Colorado. "When I came to Nashville I realized how important it was to write songs," Easton says. "The opportunity to sit in a room with experienced songwriters and learn their craft has helped me become a better writer.

"I'm still working and developing as a writer, but I was fortunate enough to get some songs on the album," Easton says, perhaps more humble than he needs to be.

"The Way Love Looks," which Easton co-wrote with Chamberlain and Sanders, is a love song pure and simple. "It's just a fun upbeat song," Easton says. "I love the line 'when you beg and plead to go fishing with me and I have to bait your hook,' because that's what happens when I take my wife fishing."

Tony Lane, David Lee and Johnny Park wrote "Roll With It," which speaks to the important things in life like sunsets and pick-up trucks. "I love that one," Easton says. "I can imagine listening to it just floatin' down the river on the boat on a Saturday."

The tender "I Can't Love You Back," written by Chamberlain, Clint Daniels and Jeff Hyde, has a universal message of loss. "It can mean different things for different people," Easton says. "She could have died, she could have left him—people can interpret it the way they feel."

Now that his life long dream is upon him, Easton says he's ready. "I just want to make great country music," he says. "Just the opportunity to play music for a living is a great thing. I'm just thankful to have the opportunity to do what I'm doing now."
Adam Craig
Adam Craig
The Adam Craig Band has represented hard work, excitement, and passion on record and on stage since forming in 2006. Their determination and talent brought them to national prominence under the name TelluRide over the last few years, and the recent name change and the circumstances surrounding it has only strengthened their resolve to take their music to an even larger audience. Lawsuits over the band’s name prompted a transition to the Adam Craig Band. And that’s the only aspect of the band that has changed. The four-man band’s brand of country music, rooted in harmonies, musicianship, and high-energy stage shows has only improved with the adversity they have been dealt.

“Dealing with two law suits involving our name has been a distraction for several months.” said lead singer, Adam Craig. “Fighting them would have cost more time and money and we felt the best thing for the band was to change our name and focus on our music. We’re the same guys, and the same music, just a new name. Many of our fans knew we were contemplating this change and we appreciate their loyalty. We can’t wait for them to hear our new songs.”

Craig is also becoming known for writing songs for other artists including “Church Pew or Bar Stool” for Jason Aldean and “Fast Lane” co-written with Josh Thompson.

The band gained critical and fan acclaim with their debut album, Four Square Miles, a collection of 12 songs that included the nationally-charted singles “Pencil Marks” and “Stay.” The album not only showcased the band’s vocal harmonies but also the skilled musicianship of each member.

The band originally formed in 2006 when Washington state-natives Adam Craig, who also plays lead and rhythm guitar, his cousin/keyboard player Ryan Jones and drummer Brian Smith hooked up in Nashville with South Carolina-native, bassist Jimi Hendrix (his real name.) Their strong work ethic, tight harmonies and stellar musicianship lead to opening gigs with the likes of Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Sara Evans, Eric Church, LeAnn Rimes and others. The band has even opened for such legendary rock acts as Foreigner, Brett Michaels CCR and REO Speedwagon. They have developed a large and loyal following through constant touring and an active internet presence. In addition the band has performed the National Anthem for NASCAR at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen, New York tracks, the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox, the Indianapolis Colts.

Earlier this year, the guys hooked up with acclaimed producer Josh Leo, who has written songs and produced albums for the likes of Alabama, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Restless Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes and others. The first Josh Leo-produced single, “Nothin’ Wrong” for the Adam Craig Band is now on radio.

Ultimately, the Adam Craig Band knows that hard work and dedication to making and performing great music brings success. They’ve earned their successes one show and one song at a time. They love to play, they love to write, and they love to perform for fans. Most importantly, they love to be a part of a very new and unique brand of country music. Their infectious harmonies, catchy lyrics and driving grooves already have country music fans singing out loud.
And that makes quite a sound — the sound of a band ready to make history.
Venue Information:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St.
Tulsa, OK, 74103
http://www.cainsballroom.com