Easton Corbin graduated with an agribusiness degree from the University of Florida and took the next logical step – he moved to Nashville to chase his dream of becoming a country singer.
For Corbin, it worked out better than most.
His debut single, "A Little More Country Than That," rose to No. 1 on the charts, as did his second single "Roll With It."
Soon came a tour with Brad Paisley. This summer, he'll hit the road with Rascal Flatts.
Corbin brings his rising star to Clovis Friday night, playing the annual concert at the Clovis Rodeo. It starts immediately after the rodeo and is included in the $25 rodeo ticket price. Tickets cost $20 for people 16 and younger and 60 and older. More info: clovisrodeo.com.
We talked to Corbin about finding country fame, his rodeo history and more.
Question: You're out here playing the Clovis Rodeo. So I have to ask, what's your experience with rodeos?
Answer: We have a lot of fun at 'em. The crowds are great. It's definitely my crowd. I grew up going to rodeos, so I always enjoy going out there.
I know you've got an ag and 4H background, so if they put you to work at the rodeo, what job would you want to have?
Can I be a rodeo clown? I want to be a rodeo clown. They get all the girls.
You're from Florida – rural Florida – but it's not always a state people think of as country music territory. How did you fall in love with county music?
My dad and my grandpa. They listened to a lot of the classic country music, so I definitely got exposed to a majority of that.
Your story is one we've heard before – picking up and moving to Nashville hoping to become a country star. For you, it worked pretty quickly. What was the key?
A lot of great help. A lot of people helping me along the way. I also thank God, obviously.
Did you even dream that your debut single would go to No. 1?
You always hope for that success, obviously. I didn't know what to expect being a new artist. Even if you're not a new artist, you don't know what to expect.
How did you find out that "A Little More Country That That," was No. 1? How did you react?
When it gets up there around the top five, you start looking at the charts a lot. I probably woke up Monday morning looking at them. Of course, I was very happy. What can you say?
Who would you like to tour with that you haven't?
Whoever will have me. Big crowds, that's what I like. Merle Haggard ain't doing many big tours these days, but if he was, that's who I'd want. He's definitely my hero.
I know you're older, but you look about 15 in some of your pictures.
They definitely don't expect me to be 29. They usually think I'm 20 or 21. That's a good thing, though, when I'm 40 maybe I'll look 30.