Prior to his show at Long Island, New York’s Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall on February 13, Easton Corbin sat down with #CMChat to talk about everything from his forthcoming album, his musical style and his favorite things about performing live.
Corbin recently released his infectious new single, “Baby Be My Love Song,” which is already a Top 25 hit. Corbin admits that it was love at first listen with the song, “I heard that song…and I just loved the melody, it’s really contagious. It’s a great positive message that everyone can relate to.” Additionally he spoke to the fact that it has a traditional country sound that his fans have grown to love and expect. “I stick to what I do. I keep it traditional, but you have to have a modern twist on it.”
When it comes to making music, Corbin doesn’t feel pressure to adhere to a certain style, but instead only aims to remain true to himself. On his forthcoming album, due out this spring, he promises to continue doing what his fans love. “It’s gonna have my sound on it, it’s definitely going to be a traditional sound with a modern lyric.”
On the new album, he’s written 3 or 4 of the songs, but says that he made sure to choose songs that were true and real to him, which is the approach he’s always taken and has led him to hits like “All Over the Road” and “A Little More Country Than That.” Yet, Corbin holds a soft spot for “This Far From Memphis,” listing it as his favorite song he’s every written.
When it comes to his career, Easton Corbin isn’t taking anything for granted, yet continues to dream big. He mentions playing the Opry for the first time as one of his biggest professional accomplishments, and he says, “It would be a dream come true to become a member some day.” Other dreams include duets with Lee Ann Womack and Patty Loveless, and an opportunity to tour with Blake Shelton again.
When it comes to his motto in life, he keeps it simple, “Always be real, be honest with people and be real.” He’s also thankful for his loyal fans, including the droves who braved the bitter cold on Long Island to see his show after our interview. “I love my fans out there and I wanna tell them how much I appreciate them, and I’m just thankful for them.”
“Being out here and doing what I do, it’s like winning the lottery,” said Corbin, just prior to taking the stage. ” There are so many people who want to do this and I’ve actually been blessed to be able to do this and have this opportunity. You have to look at that every day and just know that you’re blessed to be here.”
After chatting with #CMChat, Easton Corbin took the stage before a packed house, opening the show with “Clockwork” before barreling through a 75-minute set that included his greatest hits, deep cuts, covers and future classics. His baritone voice was on full display and the crowd was full of energy, singing along with Corbin as he held out the microphone and passed out high-fives.
One highlight of his set was a medley of the music that inspired him, including Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” and Kenny Chesney’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” He also shone on “I Can’t Love You Back,” and hosted epic singalongs with “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “A Little More Country Than That.” He closed the show with “All Over the Road,” and judging by the audience’s reaction, Corbin would be welcome to return to Long Island at any time.
After chatting with Easton Corbin and catching his live show, there’s no denying that he’s one of country music’s most-talented, humble and genuine artists. Every generation needs a George Strait to keep tradition alive and he very well could, and should, be ours.
All photos courtesy of Stephanie Pearl Photography.