Watch as this star goes home to deliver a stone-cold country version of the national anthem YouTube screenshot/Florida Gators
YouTube screenshot/Florida Gators

It’s often said that the national anthem is the hardest song for a singer to perform, because it starts off very low and ends with the singer stretching to reach impossibly high notes.

The song wasn’t a challenge at all for country star Easton Corbin, though. He just put this signature country voice on “The Star-Spangled Banner” at his alma mater, The University of Florida, in Jacksonville. The performance kicked off the Florida Gators’ first game in the brand-new Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on campus.

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10 years since I've been back! Can't wait to sing the national anthem at my alma mater tonight. Florida Gators #GoGators

Posted by Easton Corbin on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It was the first time he’d been back on campus in a decade.

Chomp chomp 🐊 Florida Gators #gogators

Posted by Easton Corbin on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Easton grew up near Jacksonville, so there was a good chance he had some family members in the crowd. He earned a business degree in Agriculture from Florida. Judging from this performance of the national anthem, we think his professors would agree that Easton made the right choice pursuing a career in country music instead.

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Easton spent 2016 on the road with Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller Tour, and Rare Country’s subscribers were big fans of that show. The Storyteller Tour was named Tour of the Year at the inaugural Rare Country Awards.


For a complete list of Easton’s current tour dates, go to

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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