I think by now we’ve all heard Easton Corbin on the radio. And I’m sure many of us sat listening to him sing “A Little More Country Than That,” and thought to ourselves – “I don’t remember that George Strait song.” Easton definitely sounds like a young George Strait.
And, if you guys are like me, you like the song, but you don’t know a lot about Easton. Which is why I thought it was about time we get a little something about this very talented young man up on Country’s Chatter.
The most informative thing I found was a bio on Universal’s web site. It tells us that Easton was born and raised in Gilchrist County in Florida, and spent much of his time on his grandparent’s cattle farm. His parents divorced when he was young. “I lived a mile from the Suwannee River,” he says. “I grew up fishing on it and I loved to work on the farm. Every weekend, that’s where I’d be.”
Being on a cattle farm, it isn’t really a surprise that he was a member of FFA and 4-H. He showed cattle at local livestock fairs. In his bio, he talks about his area about the same way I talk about mine … “It’s a close community,” he says. “Everybody knows everybody.” I’m not sure how many people are from his home town, but in my town of about 4,500 people, we all know everyone else, too.
Easton sang, and even knew that he wanted to be a country singer, before he learned to play guitar. He started taking lessons at age 15, from Pee Wee Melton, a local musician who had played in Nashville.
“A Little More Country Than That,” was co-written by Rory Feek, Wynn Varble and Don Poythress, and pretty much describes who Easton is. “Even though I didn’t write it, this song identifies who I am,” he says. “It shows character and that’s important where I’m from. You learn to say ‘yes, ma’am’ and ‘no, sir,’ and to open the door for the ladies.”
While he may not have written that one, he did co-write three of the songs on his album during a trip to Colorado. “When I came to Nashville I realized how important it was to write songs,” Easton says. “The opportunity to sit in a room with experienced songwriters and learn their craft has helped me become a better writer. “I’m still working and developing as a writer, but I was fortunate enough to get some songs on the album,” Easton says, perhaps more humble than he needs to be.
If you haven’t seen the video, head on over to YouTube and have a look. It’s a great video, it’s a great song, and he’s a great entertainer.
I hope you will all read his entire bio. It’s really interesting. I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of this kid. In fact, I’ll be seeing him on Oct. 2, in Bristol. Along with Mallary Hope, who I’ll be writing about tomorrow.
Talk to you soon. Have a super Friday!
Love you guys!