Easton Corbin and his band have been “All Over the Road” since his No. 1 debut with 2009’s “A Little More Country Than That.” By now, now he’s actually seen a little more country than just about anyone.
The Gilchrist County, Fla., native sticks to a hectic touring schedule year-round, culminating when he and Jana Kramer join Blake Shelton ‘s Ten Times Crazier tour this July. But for now, his brand new video is excitement enough.
“All Over the Road” was directed by Roman White — who also created Carrie Underwood ‘s “Before He Cheats” and Taylor Swift ‘s “You Belong With Me” — and features a daring twist on the song’s swerving storyline.
CMT: “All Over the Road” seems like a very fitting title for a traveling band like you’ve got. Have you been living up to it?
Corbin: Absolutely! We have been from East Coast to West Coast to everywhere in between.
I’ve seen you on television a lot lately. What has been your favorite TV appearance so far?
Well, out of the TV I’ve done, probably Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, which was actually the first time I’ve ever done any kind of late night TV. That’s probably why it was so significant for me. It was a big, big experience of being able to go to New York City and see how that’s done. It was the first time I’d ever been on national television.
What can you say about your new video for “All Over the Road”?
There are cops — real cops — fast cars, a beautiful girl, some crime and a whole lot of trouble, which translates to fun.
Why are there real cops in it?
It just made it that much more real. Let’s just say I was really about to get arrested.
You’ll have to watch the video! (laughs)
You filmed it near your hometown in Florida. What was your favorite part of that day?
My favorite part of the video was driving the car! It was a ’69 Plymouth Roadrunner, and they let me do all the driving. We did some shots outside of a farm, and the director told me, “Man, just have fun and make it look good.” I’m like “All right!” And the owner of the car was like, “Man, give it to it. Let her have it.” And again, I’m like, “OK, you said it!” It was really cool, and we incorporated a lot of the locals into it.
From an artistic standpoint, why is it so important for you to make music rooted in that classic county sound?
For me, I grew up on Merle Haggard , George Jones and Keith Whitley . My grandparents — being raised up with them — my grandma’s favorite was Bill Monroe . My grandpa loved Roy Acuff . So growing up around them and watching the Opry, Hee Haw, the Statler Brothers and things like that really nurtured that love for classic country music. That’s what I just grew up loving, so naturally that’s what I gravitate to, and that’s what I do. And, really, there’s not a whole lot of that out there right now. I’m really proud to hopefully be a flag bearer for that and continue the tradition.
What do you look for in a song that really speaks to you?
When it comes down to it for me, I look for songs that speak to me about the way I grew up or maybe some of the things that I’ve been through. There are different ways you connect with songs, whether you just love the melody or the message. But I think that if you relate to a song and its subject matter, I think your fans will see that and feel that way, too. That’s the great thing about the country fans out there: They know when it’s real and when it’s not. And for “All Over the Road,” I think there are so many other people who grew up like that. I think everybody does, whether you’re from the country or the city.
You’ll be back on the road right after this interview. What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of months?
I’m going to be out on tour with Blake Shelton over the summer for the Ten Times Crazier tour. Man, I just can’t wait. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
Have you met Blake yet?
Yeah, I was actually out there on his first headlining tour. I opened for him on that, and we did about 10 or 12 dates together. It was a heck of a good time.
Do you have any idea what this one will be like?
Crazy, I hope!