Today's focus is on an artist who grew up on his grandparent's farm outside of Trenton, Florida, a small town of less than 2,000 people, about 2 hours southeast of Jacksonville. An artist who sights Hee Haw as one of his early music influences and earned his degree in Agribusiness from the University of Florida.

Kicker Country Stampede - Day 1
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For Easton Corbin, his musical journey pretty much started in 2005, when he entered a contest for a spot at the Annual Suwannee River Jam in Lake City, FL. A promoter of the Jam heard Easton's demo, and immediately contacted friends in Nashville about this unknown performer. This contact led to Corbin recording his first professional demos, as well as Corbin getting his first taste of the promotional side of the business, creating press releases and a website and setting up show cases. It was through this experience that Corbin met producer Steve Davis. In 2008, it would be Davis that produced Easton's six-track demo disc that included three instrumentals and three songs with vocals, which included a cover of Hank William's "Eleven Roses". A limited number of the demo disc were produced, and they are considered collector's items by members of Corbin's fan club, though the tracks themselves can be found on youtube.

Grand Ole Opry at CRS Day 1 at Omni Hotel on February 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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The demo was met with a large, positive response by Nashville record labels, with the singer eventually signing with Universal Nashville in 2009. His debut single "A Little More Country Than That", co-written by Rory Feek of Joey + Rory, would be the title track for Corbin's digital only debut EP, which hit as the song entered into the top-40. It would also be included on his self-titled debut album, released in March 2, 2010. One month later, the single would hit #1. The album would also contain Corbin's follow-up, "Roll With It", which would also hit the top of the country chart, and "I Can't Love You Back", which peaked at #14. In 2012, Corbin released his second album, All Over The Road, which would feature two more top-10 hits, the title track which peaked at #3 and "Lovin' You Is Fun", peaking at #5. In 2015, About to Get Real was released, featuring the #3 hit "Baby Be My Love Song", one of four top-40 singles. In January, Easton announced he would be releasing a new album in 2017; the first single from that as yet unnamed album is in our spotlight today. Easton Corbin and "A Girl Like You" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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