Indie-folk duo Kites opened up a special night in history for downtown Corbin on Saturday, August 17 as the crowd anticipated Grammy Award-winning artist John Paul White to perform in Nibroc Park for MoonBow Nights.
Once White entered the stage, he encouraged the crowd to step up to the front row because there was “plenty of room for dancing.” White performed songs from his newest album ‘The Hurting Kind’ which is inspired by the orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960s. While these songs still retain a modern feel, he was singing about the overwhelming feeling of love, unraveling relationships, or the fading memory of a loved one up on the NIBROC stage.
Among the crowd-favorite songs, White performed “The Good Old Days,” and “I Wish I Could Write You a Song,” to name just a few songs of the night.
He ended the show with words of appreciation by saying, “Thank you for coming out! This has been awesome! Please, invite me back again sometime.”
Downtown Corbin Manager, Aaron Sturgill posted on Facebook about the outcome of White’s performance: “NIBROC park was completely packed out, and I have heard nothing but great responses. It takes a lot to put on these shows, especially being a one-man department, but I am happy to be able to be that driving factor in bringing the community together to enjoy events downtown. For me, when I started seeing events downtown and started coming to them, it really put a sense of pride in my community and made me love being a part of it. I hope the things I do are able to impart that same pride in those who come to attend these events. It’s good to love where you live. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a great night!”
White has won four Grammys during his career as a singer, song writer, and musician. He was a member of the Grammy Award-winning duo The Civil Wars before restarting his solo career with the 2016 release, “Beulah.” He is best-known for his song collaboration with Taylor Swift called “Safe & Sound,” featured on “The Hunger Games” film soundtrack, selling over 1,500,000 downloads and winning a Grammy for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”
He also wrote the song “No One Will Ever Love You” from CMT’s hit show Nashville.