Country music star to perform in Cassville

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Easton Corbin to give concert for car dealership, FFA chapter members

Country music artist and former National FFA Organization member Easton Corbin is helping Ram Truck Brand and the Country Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealership thank the Cassville FFA chapter and their friends and family for participating in a test drive event at the dealership that raised more than $2,000 for local FFA leadership programs.

Corbin

The invitation-only free concert will be held Monday at the Cassville Event Center, with over 1,000 guests expected to attend.

Kurt Berndt, general manager and partner at Country Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Cassville, said the local dealership is also hoping to use the concert to drum up fundraising for the Cassville FFA chapter.

"As soon as I found out we were fortunate enough to win this incredible event in our small town, we started thinking about how we can raise additional funding for the FFA and local sports," he said.

For the 1,000 people who have received tickets, Berndt said there will be a FFA Feed and Ram Fun Fair held before the concert, at 4:30 p.m. between the Cassville Event Center and the football field.

"For a $5 donation, people can get a meal at the FFA Feed and Ram Fun Fair, and for $12, they can get a meal and a T-shirt," he said. "One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the FFA and local sports."

Berndt said the 221 Band will perform at the event, and there will be prize drawings for cash prizes and backstage passes for the show.

The Purdy and Southwest FFA groups are also involved in the event, and those who do not have a ticket can still win one through the County Dodge Facebook page, or at the dealership's anniversary sale on Friday and Saturday. Tickets to the invite-only concert are not for sale.

The 1,000 tickets to the event have been divided 50/50 between the FFA clubs and the dealership. Berndt said some went to dealership employees, its customers, sponsors of the FFA Feed and Ram Fun Fair event and local organizations.

On April 26, the Ram Truck brand partnered with individual dealers and FFA chapters across the country to sponsor "The Next Crop Project" national day of test drives, where Ram donated $20 to the FFA for each test drive.

To be eligible for the Easton Corbin concert contest, dealers and their participating chapters had to complete 100 drives or more during their event. The four winners were then selected from this pool of events.

Nearly 100 dealers across the country participated in the April 26 "The Next Crop Project" and approximately 6,400 test drives were taken, raising over $125,000 for FFA leadership programs nationwide.

Corbin met with thousands of local FFA chapter members in 12 markets for exclusive events that included private concerts and question and answer sessions.

Corbin, a Mercury Nashville recording artist, is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It;" making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1.

In 2012, the Gilchrist County, Fla., native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits "Lovin' You Is Fun" and "All Over The Road." Corbin's current single is "Clockwork," from his upcoming release. As a former FFA member, Corbin recently partnered with Ram Truck brand and FFA to celebrate the "Year of the Farmer" by visiting and performing for FFA members in numerous cities along his Fall/Winter tour route. For more information about Corbin, people may visit www.eastoncorbin.com or www.umgnashville.com.

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