Last night, Easton Corbin did a show in Oklahoma City, at the Riverwind Casino. Before the show, Andrew W. Griffin at The Norman Transcript, had an opportunity to talk to Easton about his music, touring, and a little bit of everything.
Being reprinted with permission, below is the article Andrew wrote for The Normal Transcript.
By Andrew W. Griffin
The Norman Transcript
Of all the new country artists to get some well-deserved attention over the past year, Florida-native Easton Corbin is certainly the one who has achieved the most accolades in neo-traditional country circles, having been nominated for numerous country awards.
And that laid-back, Sunshine State-country vibe permeates his self-titled 2010 debut from the George Strait-esque “A Little More Country Than That” to the breezy-n-twangy “Roll With It” to the ballad and new single “I Can’t Love You Back.”
Talking to Pop recently from his home in Nashville, Corbin answered our questions about his debut album, which we voted one of the top 10 albums of 2010 in our year-end list.
Asked about the George Strait comparisons, Corbin said, “It’s an honor. George Strait — he’s a legend, one of a kind. There’s never gonna be another George Strait, that’s for sure.”
With his heavy touring schedule, Corbin admits he doesn’t get back to his hometown in Gilchrist County, Fla. very often. Still, folks back home have expressed their excitement about the success of their hometown boy.
“They’re really proud and really supportive,” Corbin said.
Corbin said the song “really spoke to me” and that it reflected how he grew up in the rural South, with its images of small towns, hound dogs and “catchin’ channel cat” with a cane pole.
“It was music I could really love and relate to,” Corbin said.
Corbin said the video for the ballad “I Can’t Love You Back” was unique because the girl is about to be hit by a truck at the beginning but then it goes backward to the guy with the guitar, played by Corbin. It’s a sad song and one where you don’t know the ending.
“I really liked the idea of a video that went backwards,” Corbin said. “A song that is open-ended for the audiences; let the fans interpret it.”
Corbin said he loves the crowds in Central Oklahoma, noting a recent gig he played at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City.
“Any time we play there, there is such a great response from people,” he said.
Corbin said that when he plays live he likes to talk to the audience and play all the songs from his record. He said he is also very approachable and loves talking to fans.
“We’re out there hitting it as hard as we can,” Corbin said. “We’ve got a great response from fans. I think it’s important to reach out to the fans.”
My thanks to Andrew for the great article, about a very talented country newcomer. Time for me to head out – hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!