When I first heard Easton Corbin’s debut single on the radio, I thought it was a new George Strait song that I’d never heard before. Turns out, it was a country newcomer who loves traditional country and cites Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Keith Whitley as some of his influences, something that is a rarity among today’s newcomers.
Since its release late last year, “A Little More Country Than That” has found itself climbing up the charts and just outside the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. The song’s narrator tells his love interest just who he is by explaining how country he is, even saying how he’s more country than a Hank song with a strong “steel ride” that sends “chills down your back.” The song backs up the line by using plenty of steel guitar along with a strong fiddle melody which makes you miss the days where those sounds controlled the airwaves. Corbin’s vocals resemble a younger George Strait and it’s obvious the aforementioned artists had quite an influence over his voice and the types of songs he wants to record.
This song is a breath of fresh air amongst the current pop driven country that’s controlling the radio waves. I expect big things from this newcomer and I no doubt see him becoming traditional country’s biggest hope of keeping the old style alive.
(Easton Corbin’s debut album, Easton Corbin, is set for release on March 2, 2010)