Easton Corbin knows what you’re thinking. Or at least, he thinks he does.
“Is 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 Like Love.”
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.”
Crediting Brad 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.
“Brad’s 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.”