Gaither has spent time in Appalachia learning about bluegrass music and visiting the hometown of the Carter Family in the hills of Virginia, but March’s show will be the first time Gaither has played in Corbin. When his promoter told Gaither he would be one of the first acts playing at Corbin’s new expo center, he said he was excited to be part of expo center’s history.
The seasoned performer also sang the praises of Corbin’s city government for investing in the arena. The expo center is somewhat of a departure for Gaither’s Homecoming Lovin’ Life Tour, which has played at venues much larger than the expo center. But Gaither believes medium-sized arena’s like Corbin’s expo center are part of the music industries future. The smaller arena’s can cater to people who don’t live in or directly next to big cities.
“I just think your (Corbin’s) city fathers are being very progressive with the arena,” Gaither said. “And we are very excited to play in Corbin, and be part of its history.”
Plus, Gaither says, he just likes visiting small towns like Corbin.
Gaither who will be turning 73 two days after his show in Corbin, was born in Alexandria, Ind. a town with a population of just over 6,000.
And despite touring all over the country, Gaither says in his 40 years in show business he and his family have made it home virtually every Sunday for church services in Alexandria.
“The most dreaded part of the morning is when you have to bow your head, because sometimes we have just gotten off the road and are very tired,” Gaither joked. “But we just thought it was really important when our kids were young attend their home church.”
During 40 years in the music business Gaither’s main writing partner has been his wife Gloria. Together they’ve written hundreds of songs, all of which Gaither says carry the message of the Gospel.