Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easton Corbin: True to Tradition

Easton Corbin
With a voice with a Texas twang, you would think Easton Corbin hailed from the big state of Texas. However, this Florida native has been surprising many in the music industry.  With his charming looks and  vocals that are reminiscent of a young George Strait, you feel like you are sitting on the back porch while he sings about the country life.

Corbin's first single, "Little More Country Than That," proved that he is countrier than some on the country charts.  In fact, the song reached number one much to country music fans delight.  His latest release has added staying power in an industry that newcomers are either loved or loathed.

Easton Corbin is the real country deal.  From showing livestock while being a member of the FFA and 4-H clubs to growing up in a small town, he's lived the life.  He also knew he had a desire to entertain and sing country music.

“One of my earliest memories is from when I was three or four,” he remembers. “I was sitting between my parents in the car and a song came on the radio—it was Mel McDaniel’s ‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On’. I began using the gearshift as my microphone. The desire has always been there.”

There is no mistake in listening to Corbin's music, he has an influence of Strait, alongside Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, and George Jones.  In fact, his producer Carson Chamberlain originally toured with Keith Whitley as steel guitar player and bandleader. “We really hit it off,” Easton says. “I love traditional music and he does too. I knew he was the producer for me.”

For the album itself, it contains strong material from the start with "Roll With It," a fun tune to let the good times roll and leave the pressures of life behind.  What woman wouldn't love to hear the line "I like the way love looks, the way it looks on you," as in the song "Way Love Looks."  Corbin eases in with swagger on the tune that is sure to appeal to the ladies and lines that the guys will try to use.

The strongest song on the album is perhaps the strongest words that someone could never imagine hearing.  Corbin excels vocally and emotionally with "I Can't Love You Back" as he sings that he can give it his all, but he cannot love you back.  I would highly recommend this song to be released as a single someday.

The final cut of the album, "Leavin' a Lonely Town," is a perfect bookend to the album.  Hailing from the small rural community of Gilchrist County, Florida, Easton Corbin left the small town life for bigger dreams in Nashville.  Thankfully he took the chance and made the move.

Country music radio needs to take note of this young man.  Easton Corbin is becoming a fast rising star with staying power and longevity.  Country music fans should take listen to his latest self title release out in stores today.  Traditional country music has never looked so good.

Easton Corbin will be playing in Kentucky on these dates:
Sat 04/10/10   Prestonsburg, KY  Mountain Arts Center
Fri 06/25/10    Louisville, KY  4th Street Live!
Sun 09/05/10   Winchester, KY  Lykins Park

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