Easton Corbin knows what you’re thinking. Or at least, he thinks he does.
he gonna follow that up?” he said grinning during a recent interview with CMT.com.
Of course, he’s talking
about his out-of-the-gate success after the release of his 2010 self-titled album that yielded two back-to-back No. 1 singles.
His first smash, the infectious “A Little More
Country Than That,” peaked after a 32-week climb. Six months later, he again delivered with the lighthearted tune, “Roll
With It.” Now with the release of his sophomore album, All Over the Road, the Florida native hopes to continue his
successful streak and produce similar results.
“I believe it does make this record a little bit more pressure, you
could say — but only to do better or do just as good,” he said. “I feel like people kind of got their eye on you a little
bit. That’s the real test, I guess, and I feel like we’ve really done that.”
And so far, so good. The album’s first
single, “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” a Jim Beavers and Bob DiPiero
co-write, has made a steady ascent over the last 29 weeks. Recently securing a spot among the Top 10 on Billboard‘s
hot country songs chart, Corbin felt an instant connection to the lighthearted tune upon first listen.
“It felt really
good,” he said. “The cadence, the tempo. It just felt like something a little different. It’s that traditional country sound
that everybody recognizes me for.”
Teaming up again with producer Carson Chamberlain, Corbin shared how the two not
only work well together but even grew up listening to the same types of music. What’s more, Chamberlain has experience working
with a few of Corbin’s musical heroes, including Keith Whitley and Alan Jackson.
“He’s been around that and so he understands what I’m
going for,” he explained. “His production really complements that.”
The two also co-penned a few of the tracks on the
album as well. Joining well-known songwriter Mark Sanders, the three created Corbin’s captivating song, “This Feels a Lot
Continuing to sharpen his songwriting chops, Corbin and Chamberlain also worked with songwriter Tony Lane
(Lee Ann Womack’s “A
Little Past Little Rock,” George Strait “Run”) for the straightforward
and catchy tune, “A Thing for You.”
“It talks about things that just are,” Corbin said of the lyrics about stars falling
to the ground and the moon being round. “I mean, it’s just facts, but it says something bigger than that, and that’s what’s
really cool about this song.”
The album’s namesake, All Over the Road, stems from a tune by the same name, a
song Corbin feels shares a similar vibe to his current single, “Lovin’ You Is Fun.” In fact, he says the project’s title perfectly
captures his current day-to-day life.
“We’re out here. We’re all over the road. We’re trying to bring it out here to
everybody, the music,” he said. “I’ll tell you this much, I’ve never been this busy in my life.”
Paisley for taking a chance on him in 2010, Corbin explained how he was able to reach a larger audience by performing
on the plaza during Paisley’s H2O World Tour alongside Steel Magnolia
and Josh Thompson. Joining the superstar again this past summer
for his Virtual Reality tour, Corbin moved from the plaza to the main stage, opening for him on several of the dates.
a great guy,” he said. “One of the great things about him is he gives new artists a chance to get out there. He gives them
a chance which is very important. When you get out there you grow as a performer, you grow as a singer.”