Update: As of Thursday, Nov. 14, the show is sold out.
Easton Corbin was at the National Peanut Festival in Alabama Nov. 5.
He said his concert that night would be extra special, since his parents were making the trip to see him perform. Corbin grew up on a farm in Florida before moving to Nashville, Tenn.
A recent partnership with Ram Trucks helped him get back to his roots. As part of the company's Year of the Farmer celebration, Corbin is visiting FFA chapters, formerly Future Farmers of America, around the country this fall and winter. Corbin performs an acoustic set and answers questions from the crowd. Last month, he attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
"That's my way to give back," he said. "I grew up on a small cattle farm and was part of FFA."
As a teen, he showed cattle and was a livestock judge. Picking the best steer isn't a scientific process, he added. He can glean a lot from how an animal presents visually -- a skill he honed by spending hours with animals.
That's also where Corbin found a love of traditional country music. He was raised on George Jones and Merle Haggard. After a recent concert, he met Haggard.
"It was just surreal to me," he added. "I'd love to open up for Merle."
He has already supported some of country's hottest acts. At the 2012 York Fair, Corbin opened for Luke Bryan. This winter, he'll tour with The Band Perry.
This weekend, he headlines a show at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg. A Civil War buff, Corbin said that he's been to the area before and made sure he visited the national military park.
"Once in a while (we) have a day off," he said of life on the road. "Most of the time, it's trying to get the order of the day and what we need to do the show that night."
He added that getting extra sleep, sticking to a routine and exercising regularly are crucial while on tour -- something that has been constant since Corbin's 2010 self-titled debut. It spawned hits including "A Little More Country Than That" and helped him sweep the breakthrough artist categories at the American Country Awards that year. His sophomore album, "All Over the Road," hit airwaves in 2012, and the title track burned up the country charts.
While on the road, Corbin said he doesn't get much time to write. But he recently went into the studio and said a new single should be out within months, and a new album might be finished within a year.
If you go
Hear country star Easton Corbin 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Cole Swindell will open the show. Tickets cost $33 to $39. For details and tickets, call 717-337-8200 or visit gettysburgmajestic.org. For details about Corbin, visit eastoncorbinfans.com.
Easton Corbin partnered with Ram Trucks to thank FFA members as part of Ram's Year of the Farmer celebration. They've launched the webisode series, "All Over The Road to the ACM Awards," which shows some of Corbin's adventures on the FFA tour. FFA, formerly Future Farmers of America, is a national organization that helps youths develop leadership and career experience through agricultural education. Tune in at www.ramtrucks.com/keepplowing. On the site, fans can also enter to win a trip for two to Las Vegas for an Academy of Country Music Awards weekend this spring.