“Turn up a little Conway Twitty,” Easton Corbin croons in his distinctive Southern drawl on latest single “Turn Up.” Within the track, Corbin blends traditional instrumentation with modern day production alongside vivid country storytelling for a sound that is uniquely his.
Corbin exudes country. His distinctive baritone has been gracing airwaves for the past decade as his chart topping debut single “A Little More Country Than That” established Corbin as a mainstay on the country charts. Billboard’s 2010 Top New Country Artist would go on to garner another No. 1 hit with the feel-good “Roll With It” as well as seven top 10 singles, further distinguishing himself from other male vocalists as a tried-and-true country traditionalist who weaves timeless story songs together while tipping his hat to the classic country artists who have come before him.
“That’s what I love and that’s what I do,” he says of his passion for traditional country music. “For me, it's about keeping one foot in the traditional and one foot in the modern and marrying those two. I’m a country singer: That's one of the things that I take pride in. I try to hone that craft and try to represent that.”
While 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of “A Little More Country Than That” achieving No. 1 status, Corbin shows no sign of slowing down with the release of his infectious new single “Turn Up” and more new music on the way. He promises a “wide array” of songs that include fiddle and pedal steel. As he embarks on a new chapter as an independent artist, Corbin says “A Little More Country Than That” still reflects who he is as an artist and where he sees his career going.
“That's really how I grew up,” he says of his career-defining song. “‘A Little More Country Than That’ radiates with me and my band as well because that really is who I am. That's where I came from, that's what I am. It’s just as important now as it was then, because that's the one that started it all for me. That’s definitely a staple of an Easton Corbin show. I think it also defines my audience and who they are.”
The Florida native was surrounded by music as a child. A Merle Haggard or Hank Williams record was always being spun at his grandparents’ house and a guitar was often lying around begging to be played. “My earliest memories are of me as a kid with a guitar, singing and playing along with the radio,” Corbin recalls. “I knew from an early age I wanted to be a country singer.”
After a decade in the spotlight, Corbin is more confident than ever. “I know what I want to say and what I don’t want to say, and I know what I would say and what I wouldn’t say,” he explains. “I think the new music will highlight the fact that we've been honing these songs and trying to cut the best songs and writing the best songs we can. I think this project, when people give it a shot, they'll see that.”
In the meantime, country fans can turn up a little Easton Corbin.
Texas native, Hayden Baker, has gone from posting cover songs and “how-to” guitar tutorials on YouTube to opening for some of country music’s biggest stars in the span of just a few short years. His style of playing carefully blends the neo-traditional country sound complete with crying steel and soaring fiddle with ripping guitar solos reminiscent of Brad Paisley. Speaking of Brad, he has actually befriended Hayden and re-posted a few of his videos on social media. Hayden even got to step on stage with Brad in Cleveland, OH and jam with his band during soundcheck.
In December of 2018, Hayden released his first album entitled Born In The Wrong Generation. The lead track off of that EP, "How Many Beers" was released to radio and made it all the way to #35 on the TRRR chart. His first full length album will be released this fall with a few singles preceding it this summer.
He has received praise for both his guitar playing and songwriting skills from many industry giants; including Ronnie Dunn, Clay Walker, Chris DuBois, Wade Bowen and—his guitar hero—Brad Paisley. As Clay put it, “You have to be born with the gift of songwriting to be successful. This kid was born with it!”
Hayden's live shows are full of energy. Expect country-rocker's, high speed train beats, mid-tempo dancing songs, and a few waltz's full of fiddle and steel. Oh, and LOTS of guitar solos. Though Hayden has only been performing for a short time, he has accomplished more than most could dream of doing in their career. In November of 2018, Hayden stood in front of 5,000+ and opened the show for the great Willie Nelson at The Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas. He has also opened for the likes of Larry Gatlin, Wade Bowen, Parker McCollum, Randall King, Josh Ward, Tracy Lawrence and Joe Nichols.