Country artist Easton Corbin played to a mostly-sold out crowd at Northfield’s Hard Rock Rocksino last night. The energetic band of faithfuls remained on their feet for the better part of the show, which clocked in at a surprisingly-brisk seventy minutes.
Corbin, known for #1 hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” kept the mood light and playful. Throughout the show he bantered with the audience, smiling and showing a lot of love for his fans in the 216. About six songs into the setlist he stopped the show and held up a manila folder. Apparently, a couple expecting their first child asked Corbin to announce the results of their ultrasound to the audience. The couple had no idea what the sex of their baby was going to be and Corbin opened the envelope and revealed a pink sheet of paper. The audience ate it up. That had to be a first for me; I’ve seen an old lady swing a very large pair of leopard-print granny panties over her head at a Tom Jones concert and a fog bank of pot smoke while backstage at a George Clinton show, but never have I seen an audience go crazy for a birth announcement. I suppose it added to the intimate atmosphere that a Rocksino show can sometimes foment.
Backed up by a five-piece band, Corbin led them through all of his hits, a few new tunes and even a cleaned-up, G-rated cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” which was unusual but worked as a country ditty.