Cory Evitts

Saturday, May 26, 2018 opens at 6:00 PM - Piazza Stage

Corey Evitts is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from Paducah, Kentucky. Evitts grew up across the river in Metropolis, Illinois, and has been playing several instruments and writing songs since childhood. Throughout high school and college, he primarily played lead electric guitar in rock bands. He began playing solo shows in 2014, and now performs more than 20 times a month at venues in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and Tennessee.

Evitts has distinguished himself as a live performer by playing music from all popular genres and eras, including 50's and 60's country, hip hop, hard rock, modern pop, and everything in between, or as he puts it, “Everything from Conway to Bruno.”

His Musical influences are as diverse as his live set lists. He incorporates a variety of instruments into his live shows, and is known for his percussive approach to playing the acoustic guitar. He uses a kick drum to augment the rhythmic expressions of his guitar. “I could tell early on, when I began playing solo shows, that I would have to learn to fill out the sound by myself. People want to have the experience of hearing a full band so they have something to groove to. I am constantly trying to find new ways to achieve that as a solo performer.”

Playing at Herrinfesta Italiana has been one of Evitts’ goals since first performing in Southern Illinois in the Fall of 2015. “I’ve been working hard for this opportunity for two and a half years,” he says. “I intend to give everyone a great show, and do something they haven’t seen before.”