Easton Corbin has found the sweet spot. Like few recording artists today, the rural Florida native has landed on the secret formula for effortlessly mixing contemporary country with the traditional sounds on which he was raised. And that musical alchemy is what defines About to Get Real, his new album on Mercury Nashville.
Easton’s third major-label release, it's a record that is country music for a broad fan base. Like a winning candidate, Easton and his music appeal to young party-minded fans and country purists alike. Radio-ready beats sidle up alongside fiddle and steel guitar, blending seamlessly to create an at once modern and timeless sound. Songs like earnest Top 10 single “Baby Be My Love Song” and the clever take on romance “Guys and Girls” bring country music into the 21st century, not with jarring genre mash-ups, but with the finesse of producer Carson Chamberlain and the maturity of Easton’s textured voice.
“There’s not a whole lot of traditional country music out there today. But what’s great about the country genre is how wide it is—there’s room for everybody,” says Easton, proud to carry the torch for traditional country, albeit in his own modern way. “I’ll always wave that flag, but you still have to grow as an artist, not only in the studio but on the stage entertaining as well.”
Easton’s growth is apparent on About to Get Real, the mark of an artist who was able to capture the lightning-in-a-bottle success of his 2010 self-titled debut and its two Number One singles—“A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It”—and channel it into a career. He was the first solo male artist in 17 years to have his first two singles go Number One. If 2012’s All Over the Road and its Top 10 singles “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and the title track showed Easton furthering his reputation as a promising singer, the 12 tracks of About to Get Real paint a picture of a likely future Male Vocalist nominee.
“I definitely feel that I’ve discovered my natural sound with this album. If I try to do anything other than straight-ahead country, then that would just sound forced. And to have any longevity in this business, you really have to know who you are,” Easton says.
Just as importantly, he also knows what makes for an Easton Corbin song.
“If it has a steel and fiddle in it, that definitely attracts me,” he says with a grin. “But it has to be a song that I relate to in some way. And that’s where maturing and growing older comes into play. As you have more life experiences, that comes through in your music and your writing.”
Easton Corbin About To Get Real Traklist:
- Kiss Me One More Time (Carson Chamberlain, Wade Kirby and Phil O’Donnell)
- Guys And Girls (Zach Crowell, Jaren Johnston and Cary Barlowe)
- Clockwork (Carson Chamberlain, Wade Kirby and Ashley Gorley)
- Diggin’ On You (Easton Corbin, Carson Chamberlain, Phil O’Donnell and Wade Kirby)
- Baby Be My Love Song (Jim Collins and Brett James)
- About To Get Real (Jeremy Stover, Ben Hayslip and Rhett Akins)
- Yup (Shane Minor, Phil O’Donnell and Wade Kirby)
- Wild Women And Whiskey (Ronnie Dunn and Terry McBride)
- Are You With Me (Tommy Lee James, Terry McBride and Shane McAnally)
- Damn Girl (Easton Corbin, Carson Chamberlain and Jeff Hyde)
- Just Add Water (Tony Lane and David Lee)
- Like A Song (Easton Corbin, Carson Chamberlain and Stephen Allen Davis)