The John Corbett Band to perform July 15 at Harold’s

July 8, 2009

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Courtesy Photo: John Corbett

CAVE CREEK – Actor John Corbett and his country band return to Cave Creek for a special performance on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road. Known for taking country music's earthy emotionalism and giving it a rowdy, rocking kick, The John Corbett Band promises to deliver one of the most memorable concerts this summer. Doors open at 7 p.m. with first-come, first-serve seating. Tickets can be purchased at Harold’s or online at for $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

As an actor, Corbett has always brought an easy grace to his roles, whether in the acclaimed TV series Sex and the City and Northern Exposure or in the hit films My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Raising Helen. His music carries the same natural, down-to-earth spirit – only this is not role-playing.

“Music has always been central to my life, much more so than acting,” Corbett said. “Acting is how I make my living. Music has always been a passion. It’s something I love, something I can’t live without.”

His self-titled debut album blends concise, straightforward Nashville song craft with tight, combustive Southern rock arrangements that allow his fiery band to stretch out.

“We wanted that raw emotion you get the first time you play a song you love,” he said.

As a kid, Corbett hung out at his Uncle Phil’s music joint, Club Madrid. Country and rock musicians who played at the Capitol Music Hall would stop by after shows, giving him the chance to see performers like Buck Owens get on stage at the 150-seat club and jam with the house band.

Soon after moving to California in 1986, a friend introduced him to a 15-year-old hotshot named Tara Novick, a rockabilly guitarist who later formed a well-regarded L.A. band, The Voodoo Boys. Corbett and Novick continued to play music together for fun after the actor scored his first big role as philosophical deejay Chris Stevens in the acclaimed TV show, Northern Exposure.

The first time Corbett appeared on The Tonight Show, he called ahead to ask if he could bring his band and perform a song. The talent director hesitated. Corbett pressed the issue and the talent director suggested he show up early to audition. He was allowed to appear, a rare case of a musician getting a coveted performance on the late-night talk show.

David Anderson of C4 Productions is co-producing the special July 15 concert.

Danny Piacquadio, managing partner of Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, said fans should get their tickets now and plan to arrive early to reserve their seats.

“People know John Corbett for his acting roles, but more and more are learning what a talented singer and musician he is,” Piacquadio said. “His album received rave reviews and we’re anticipating a large turn-out.”

For more information, call Harold’s Cave Creek Corral at 480-488-1906 or visit their website at