You can't help but notice a guy with a good head of hair, like the kind John Corbett has. Oh, sure, other things matter, too. Things like portraying an ex-convict disk jockey in Northern Exposure, one of the most popular television shows of the '90s. Things like playing Carrie Bradshaw's furniture-making fiance in Sex and the City, one of the most popular television shows of the '00s. Things like depicting a rock-star daddy with issues on Parenthood, one of the most popular television shows of today.
You get the idea. Corbett and his thick mane have been in demand on our TV sets and movie screens for decades. But have you ever seen him on a stage?
Growing up in West Virginia as a guitar player who feasted on classic rock, Corbett went country in 2006 with a well-received self-titled debut album. Currently touring to support his latest album Leaving Nothin' Behind (released in February), he'll hit the Gramophone Wednesday, October 9, with opener Emily Wallace, a St. Louisan.
We e-mailed Corbett a few silly questions, and he was kind enough to play along. Below, get the lowdown on his hair idol, his doughnut domination, his Twitter "obsession" and more.
RFT Music: You grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia. How did that wild, wonderful state influence your taste for and your performance of country music? (Confession: I grew up across the river from Wheeling in Bellaire, Ohio.)
John Corbett: Without Bellaire, Ohio, I wouldn't be here -- that's where my father's from! I lived five blocks from the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling and worked there. As a teenage rock & roller, I didn't really like country music back then in the '70s, but I loved a local singer called the Wheeling Cat. Slim Lehart is his name, and he's still in Wheeling playing! He was my favorite because he wore sharp clothes and was real good-looking.
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