Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 | 8:04 p.m.
Country singer and Florida native Easton Corbin is back at the Mirage this weekend to perform during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 10-day extravaganza for the second consecutive year.
Corbin brings with him a new single, “Baby Be My Love Song,” that he describes as “really catchy,” and is looking forward to releasing a new album, titled “It’s About to Get Real,” in the new year.
Corbin released a self-titled album in March 2010, and it spawned two No. 1 hits, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” The dynamic debut was the first for a country male artist since Clay Walker did it in 1994.
Corbin, an avid hunter, answered questions Wednesday morning ahead of his Friday night Strip gig:
Tell me about your new single “Baby Be My Love Song” — is it about a particular woman, and how did it come about?
It’s not about a particular woman. I had somebody play this song for me, and it was really catchy. It has a positive message, which is always great. It has a great melody, and it’s a song that I wanted to hear more and more.
You’re about to release a new album — tell me about it.
It will be out the first of the new year, but there’s no hard date yet. It’s titled “It’s About to Get Real,” and “Baby Be My Love Song” is a good preview. It’s my distinct sound — traditional country with a fresh, modern twist.
This is your second consecutive year at the Mirage for National Finals Rodeo. What do you love about Las Vegas and the rodeo?
I love Las Vegas; it’s a lot of fun, especially with the rodeo out there. I grew up around rodeo. It’s the demographic for my music. I love the people and playing for them. It’s my wheelhouse. I get to know quite a few people. It’s a lot of fun to just hang out. This is a great time of year to be in Las Vegas.
How’s your partnership with Ram Truck and the Future Farmers of America?
It’s been great. It’s important to continue the farming tradition, especially with younger people, continue the tradition of family farms. These crops come from somewhere, and we have to cultivate farming and continue along that path.
How was touring with The Band Perry this year?
We kicked off last December in Canada and finished in March. It was great — we had a really good time with the fans in Canada.
What can your fans expect at your show in Las Vegas on Friday night?
It’s going to be high energy. We like the fans to get rowdy; we do, too. We’ll have a great time, play the hits and new stuff that nobody has heard yet. It’s about having a good time.
Since we talked a year ago — I told you that I was from Montana, and you said that you love Montana — have you had a chance to go hunting?
I haven’t had a chance to get back to Montana, but I did go hunting in New Mexico, elk hunting. I didn’t bag anything, but it’s not about that. It’s about the experience, and it’s good to get away and get your bearings back.
What’s on your must-do list while you’re in Las Vegas?
I’m not much of a gambler. Just hang out and have a good time!
Now that 2014 is winding down, what has been your proudest accomplishment in 2014, and what are your resolutions and goals in 2015?
For me it’s about playing for as many people as possible. The new single is a great song. In the new year, I want to play for more people and make new fans.
Easton Corbin performs at Rodeo Vegas in the Mirage Race & Sports Book on Friday night.
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