John Corbett showcases musical side on stage

2013-10-04T00:00:00Z 2014-02-24T13:55:07Z John Corbett showcases musical side on stageEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

For those unaware of John Corbett's musical talents, the actor will deliver his kicked-up country sound Sunday with his band at Chicago's City Winery.

Corbett, who's best known to fans for his portrayal in popular TV shows "Sex and the City" and "Northern Exposure" and the hit film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," is no stranger to the music scene.

The actor/musician, who is a native of Wheeling, W.Va., was exposed to the country scene while spending time at his uncle's music club decades ago.

Corbett's second album "Leavin' Nothin' Behind" was released earlier this year and the musician said he'll be performing a mix of songs from both his albums during the Chicago show.

Smaller and unique venues as well as historic places, Corbett said, are great places to perform.

"Those are my favorite places to play," he said. "I like to play in bars and joints where people can get up and dance," he said, adding he always enjoys interaction with audience members. In 2008, Corbett brought his show to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. His touring schedule, he said, varies.

"We like to do as many shows as we can." During a given year, he said the touring dates range in number and can sometimes be close to 200. "Just playing music is exciting. And I'm doing it with three other guys who love music."

About his band, Corbett said, "There are four of us and we don't have a rock and roll lifestyle by any means."  When touring across the country, Corbett said they prefer to fly from gig to gig rather than renting a massive tour bus.

During an interview in 2008, Corbett said he was inspired in the music field by watching musicians such as Buck Owens and other great country artists who'd visit his uncle's club after concerts at the nearby Capitol Music Hall.

Today, he said, he still draws inspiration from the older greats.

"I've been listening to the same guys I've been listening to for 20 or 30 years," he said. Greats such as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson fill his listening playlist. And he'll often turn on the Outlaw country radio station or the Willie Nelson Roadhouse channel and even the classic '70s station on satellite radio.

Corbett said he's awaiting the release of two movies he recently completed and will begin shooting three film projects at the end of October.

The actor appreciates when fans tell him they've enjoyed various projects he's been involved with.

"I'm always happy if they say they've liked anything I've done," he said.

FYI: John Corbett will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, Chicago. Tickets are $55, $45 and $35. For more information, visit citywinery.com

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