Easton Corbin “Clockwork” Promotional Tour Marches On to Milwaukee

Joins Frankie Ballard, Charlie Worsham and Drake White in concert.

Easton performing in Milwaukee, with his guitarist Drew to the left and Frankie Ballard to his right.

Easton Corbin’s promotional tour of his new single, “Clockwork,” rolled on to the frigid upper Midwest in Milwaukee yesterday (Jan. 25) for the Class of 2014 show hosted by FM 106.1 at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater.

Getting there via bus from Baltimore proved challenging, however, as the group had to traverse a region still feeling the shock from the polar vortex. Needless to say, it was a long ride, exceeding 12 hours and fraught with icy road conditions.

But the bus arrived safely, and Easton and guitarist Drew Belk were joined by an exciting lineup of country singers that included Frankie Ballard, Charlie Worsham and Drake White.

The half-circle-shaped theater was an intimate setting for the guitar-pull-style format, where each artist took turns sharing a story and a song. Drake was first up, followed by Charlie, then Frankie and finally Easton, and the crew kept that order going for the full show.

FM 106.1 morning co-host Karen took note of the all-male lineup. ”How cool is this, girls?” she asked, receiving an enthusiastic chorus of woos in reply.

Easton recalled visiting the Milwaukee station early in his career. “I was a new artist at the time,” he said. “I visited [Program Director] Kerry Wolfe on the third day of my radio tour.” The station personnel thought Easton reminded them of someone else, and he drew the lines to one of his most frequent comparisons by singing a verse and chorus of George Strait’s “Check Yes or No.” “Nobody sounds like George Strait,” said Easton. “He’s a legend!”

The other guys offered up their best, including Frankie’s hit “Helluva Life,” Charlie’s “Could It Be,” and Drake’s “Simple Life.” In Easton’s set were “A Little More Country Than That,” “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” “Roll With It,” “All Over the Road” and, of course, the reason for the promotional tour, new single “Clockwork.” 

Easton also warmly described the intersecting paths of all the guys: He and Frankie had played a Memphis show together long ago, Drake was on the same label and Charlie had actually served as Easton’s guitar player for a time. “I’m proud to be up here with every one of you guys,” he said in praise of his fellow artists.

Later, the entire gang out and relaxed back in the bar of Milwaukee’s Ambassador Hotel, like a group of old friends.

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