Cindy Ramunno
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Gypsum Daze presents ... Easton Corbin and Mark Chesnutt

Easton Corbin is “A little more country than that”

In Easton Corbin’s steamy new video, “Clockwork,” he drives a nicer truck than he did years ago in his “A Little More Country Than That” video.

The black Dodge Ram appears between the sexy make-out scenes in the love triangle that sets the stage for the video. So what does he drive in real life? “I actually drive a black Dodge Ram, like the one in the video,” he said. And what’s it like kissing gorgeous women on the set and calling that your job?

“It’s a long day but it’s fun,” he answers. “The director chooses the women and I’m just directed to do different scenes over and over. It’s a little repetitive.”

Right.

Corbin will be bringing his hot country style to the Lundgren Theater this weekend as the headliner for the annual Gypsum Daze concert. Frenzied fans will welcome the popular artist who’s hits keep coming. “Clockwork” serves as the single off an album he’s currently working on – an album that is untitled with no release date for now.

Corbin said that many of his new, unheard songs will be played in Gypsum this weekend. That means fans will get a special preview of future releases set to enhance a catalogue that includes two number one singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world.

Corbin made a huge impression with his 2009 self-titled debut album which included his No. 1 hits “A Little More Country than That,” and “Roll With It.” The release of his 2012 sophomore effort, “All Over the Road” built on that success with the title track and another top 10 hit “Lovin’ You is Fun.” Billboard named Corbin the Top New Country Artist of 2010, and named the “Roll With It” the hot country song in that same year. Corbin has toured with Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.

Corbin said his three biggest influences are Merle Haggard, George Jones and Keith Whitley, and the Gilchrist County, Florida native just keeps climbing up the country music ladder.

Listening to Corbin’s voice is easy. His distinct, smooth tone connects with listeners and he has a way of getting those who say they don’t country music to give it another try. That’s especially true with the younger crowd.

“Listening to what their friends do, those who don’t typically like country music will give it a chance,” he said.

The former hardware store employee relates to his hard working fans.

“I’m singing and playing music I love and relate to, and it’s real for me,” he said.

For folks who plan to attend his Gypsum Daze show, Corbin noted he loves the mountains and he doesn’t think the altitude will be a problem.

When told that WonderWall just named him one of their twelve sexiest male country artists, he replied, “Really?” So the next obvious question was whether he was attached or single.

“Single,” Corbin said.

Mark Chesnutt is classic country

Fourteen number one hits; twenty-three top ten singles; four platinum albums; and five gold records. Mark Chesnutt is one of the classic acts of country music, and this weekend he is coming to Gypsum.

His journey to Colorado marks a big change from where he performed a week ago – Europe. But even though his schedule includes a lot of travel, Chesnutt noted his is definitely looking forward to his Gypsum stop.

“First of all, I love Colorado and the mountains,” said Chesnutt. “And the fans there are great.”

Chesnutt has been a constant in the industry for decades and he maintains a front-and-center presence with a hefty tour schedule year after year. He is a traditional country music artist, yet he keeps pace with the ever-changing genre. Chesnutt began his career when he was just 17 years old, and he’s still performing some twenty-odd years later.

Chesnutt got his start in the honky-tonks of Beaumont, Texas, learning from his father, Bob Chesnutt, a singer, record collector and major fan of classic country music.

When asked who are his biggest musical influences, Chesnutt said, “My daddy, Hank Sr., George Jones and Waylon.” Playing alongside his dad, the younger Chesnutt embraced his father’s influence one set at a time and began making a name for himself.

“I just got ate up with music in my teens – had to perform every night anywhere I could,” said Chesnutt. “It just got to be something that had to happen. I had no back-up plan.”

After nearly a decade of recording on regional labels, word got out about this young country vocalist. Music Row executives came to hear Chesnutt on his own Texas turf and recognized the depth of his raw talent. In 1989, he was signed to MCA Nashville and his list of accolades tells the rest of his story. With the release of his first single “Too Cold at Home,” he established himself as one of country’s most authentic and talented vocalists. He won the CMA Horizon Award attracting the attention of country legend George Jones who introduced him as “A boy from Beaumont, Texas who is the real deal.”

Two pivotal moments for Chesnutt were hearing his song on the radio for the first time and winning the Horizon Award. But getting to the top is one thing, staying there is another. Chesnutt acknowledged there’s been a lot of changes in country genre since he started.

“Music has changed, the sound is a bit more pop than traditional, but there’s always been that in country music,” said Chesnutt. “There are a lot of singers trying to get into the business so I think it’s harder now than in 1989.”

His current single, “When The Light Go Out (Tracie’s Song)” is an autobiographical reflection of his life and loves – country music and Tracie, his wife of many years. The couple has three boys, ages 19, 17 and 15. When asked how his wife has done with just guys in the house for all these years, Chesnutt said, “I don’t know how she does it, but she does.”.

Known as one of the industry’s hardest-working performers, Chesnutt’s consistent dedication to his music is well-known. “Fans are the biggest reason for my success,” said Chesnutt. His fans won’t be disappointed Saturday night when he breaks out a set that includes memorable singles such as “Bubba Shot the Jukebox,” “I’ll Think Of Something,” “Blame It On Texas,” “Old Flames Have New Names,” “Old Country,” “It Sure Is Monday,” “Almost Goodbye,” “I Just Wanted You To Know,” “Going Through The Big D,” “It’s A Little Too Late,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Chesnutt said his first love is being up on the stage.

He wants to be ready for his Eagle County fans. “Recording music for folks to just listen to music is great,” he said. “But I’ve got to be out there on stage making it.”

Tickets to the Easton Corbin/Mark Chesnutt show are on sale now at Alpine Bank locations throughout the valley, Bella’s Market in Gypsum and at Gypsum Town Hall. Presale tickets are $15. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Remember, not coolers or backpacks at the show, please.

For more information visit www.townofgypsum.com.


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