Last Friday, Easton Corbin was on stage at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, Okla. Many thanks to Andrew W. Griffin for sending his review of the show on to me, so I could pass it on to you. Sorry it took a few days to get this up for you. I love Andrew’s reviews, and this was definitely worth sharing.
By Andrew W. Griffin
Red Dirt Report, editor
NORMAN, Okla. – Concert-goers at Riverwind Casino were in a “country” frame of mind Friday night when they went to hear and watch a performance by one of country music’s rising stars, Easton Corbin.
Corbin, touring behind his wildly successful 2010 self-titled debut album, which featured the hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” fronted a solid band of young musicians who brought to life just about every song off that album, along with some choice covers.
Coming out onto the Riverwind stage with his five-piece band – guitar, bass, pedal steel, keyboards/fiddle, and drums – Corbin, dressed in a plaid pearl-snap shirt and jeans launched into the bouncy and twangy “The Way Love Looks” and leading into “Don’t Ask Me ‘Bout a Woman.”
Corbin’s current hit, the ballad “I Can’t Love You Back,” was a hit with the ladies in particular.
But it was the aforementioned mid-tempo hit “A Little More Country Than That,” his number one hit from a year ago, that really got the crowd singing along. And it was quite a crowd.
Corbin and the guys went through other tracks, mostly ballads and slower songs like the smooth-as-molasses “This Far From Memphis,” the ol’ timey “Someday When I’m Old” and the mournful “Leavin’ a Lonely Town,” a song you could imagine Garth Brooks embracing 20 years ago.
Corbin did not talk to the audience all that much, even though he has a fairly engaging on-stage personality in a subtle sort of way. The native Floridian did tell the crowd that he loved the audiences here “out West.” That went over well with the Norman audience.
But back to the music.
Corbin isn’t above early 2000’s-styled beach country music as evidenced with “A Lot to Learn About Livin’.” And then there were the girls. Two appeared – one with a tambourine and one banging a cowbell – during their performance of “Put a Girl In It,” a song Brooks & Dunn had a hit with a few years back.
And it was some of Corbin’s choice cover songs that got this reporter’s attention. There was the cover of Don Williams’ “It Must Be Love” and the Alan Jackson nugget “Where I Come From.”
Interestingly, Corbin showed his love of more classic country by using the Jerry Reed truck-drivin’ hit “East Bound and Down” as the song that introduced the band (a play on his first name, of course) and later incorporating Reed’s “Amos Moses” amidst a medley of old country hits and leading into a decent cover of Conway Twitty’s “I’d Love to Lay You Down.”
Yeah, the number of covers may be surprising, but Corbin is just starting out and has only one album to work from. That said, we should note that he put his notoriety as a George Strait-soundalike to work by incorporating “The Chair” and other Strait songs in a medley. This went over swimmingly with the raucous audience.
Easton Corbin won over the Riverwind crowd Friday night. Something tells me he’ll be bringing his country act back this way real soon.
Copyright 2011 West Marie Media
Again, my thanks to Andrew for passing this review on to me.
I’ll talk to you all in the morning. Enjoy the rest of your evening!