Easton Corbin is gearing up for a brief tour where the singer of such hits as “A Little More Country Than That” will be giving back to a group of men and women who deserve the attention. The singer is teaming up with Air Force Entertainment and the United States Air Force to embark on a six-show Air Force Base Tour to perform for Airmen, Air Force civilian employees and their families. He tells Billboard it’s something that was a no-brainer for him to do.
“It’s something that I believe is the perfect fit for me and our team. I love doing stuff for the military because they do so much for us. They gave the ultimate sacrifice, so giving back to them is something that really feels good. Anytime is the perfect time of year to do that, but the Fourth of July is perfect.”
Corbin, whose father is a Vietnam veteran, says he’s planning on having a blast on the six-show tour, which begins Friday (June 29) at Robins Air Force Base in Warner-Robins, GA.
“It’s going to be fun, and when you see them having fun, you do too. They’re there to see us play and perform, but for us, it’s about honoring the troops and what they do. We get to make music for a living, and these guys are sacrificing their lives for a living just so we can. We just want to honor these guys and make their day.”
Air Force Entertainment’s mission for stateside tours is to boost morale and give Airmen a chance to see shows they may not get the chance to see otherwise as they are deployed or busy at their home station taking care of the Air Force mission, and with Corbin, they have an artist who matches that passion. The singer is an ardent supporter of military and veteran organizations, and through his partnerships with companies like Ram Nation and Kretschmar, Corbin has had the opportunity to work with, perform for and/or meet many active military and veterans through organizations like Operation Homefront and Vets Returning Home.
It’s been three years since Corbin has released an album (About To Get Real) – but he says that new music is on the way. “I’m excited to be back at it. We’ve been writing this week for a new album, and are about to start cutting some stuff. I’m excited and pumped to have people to hear it.”
Corbin stands amazed at the changing way that music is delivered these days, saying that the new technology definitely gives fans instant access to their favorite songs. “It all comes down to the evolution of music. I remember buying cassette tapes, and then all of a sudden, you had CDs coming out. But you got used to them. So it’s no different than that. It is pretty cool that if you think of a song, and you click an app, there it is. So the convenience of it does make it easier, but I still miss riding around in a truck listening to an old CD.”
Air Force Entertainment Presents Easton Corbin at:
June 29 Robins Air Force Base Warner-Robins, GA
June 30 Shaw Air Force Base Sumter, SC
July 3 Moody Air Force Base Valdosta, GA
July 4 Maxwell Air Force Base Montgomery, AL
July 6 Columbus Air Force Base Columbus, MS
July 7 Little Rock Air Force Base Jacksonville, AR