Easton Corbin is a man who knows his niche in the music industry.
Following the success of his self-titled debut album in 2010, he returns with brand new music but stays consistent with his trademark traditional sound.
"They will definitely get country music," he quickly answers when asked what fans can expect to hear from his next album.
During a recent interview with CMT.com, the Florida native talked about shooting his new music video, working on his upcoming sophomore album, touring with Brad Paisley and more.
Corbin's new video, "Lovin' You Is Fun," world-premiered during CMT's Big New Music Weekend and is a flirty, fast-talking tune about leaving the drama out of relationships and just enjoying the ride.
Directed by Shaun Silva, the video was filmed in Austin during the South by Southwest music conference.
"The video was about having fun with your girl, and that is exactly what we did," he explains. "And the weather and surroundings and the whole thing was set up perfectly for that."
The chemistry between Corbin and his co-star in the carefree video appears easy and natural, and the tune serves as a nice reminder of why fans fell in love with him in 2010.
"Lovin' You Is Fun" is in the same vein as Corbin's past hits including "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It" from his debut album. The success of that project led to Corbin nabbing a unique distinction. He is the first male country singer in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1.
He says his musical progression continues on his new album, All Over the Road, set for release in late summer or early fall.
"It does show growth, but with that growth, we still stay in the pocket of what I do -- and that is country music," he says.
Beside "Lovin' You Is Fun," other standout tracks from the album include "Dance Real Slow," a sexy tune about slowing down from a fast-paced life and simply doing what the title implies. "That's Going to Leave a Memory" is about trying to break up with someone, but as luck would have it, you suddenly find them a little too easy on the eyes. And "Are You With Me" is a romantic power ballad and, according to Corbin, a stretch from what he typically does.
He credits producer Carson Chamberlain with making the song work for him.
"Carson is a great person to keep at the middle of the road because he keeps it country with his style and production," he explains.
The singer's love for the traditional sound developed while spending much of his childhood on his grandparents' cattle farm in Florida.
"I just remember hearing my grandfather singing country music, and dad loved country music," he says. "Some of my grandfather's influences were Roy Acuff and Hank Williams Sr. So being around listening to their generation of music and the stuff they listened to, you can't help but be influenced."
Corbin notes the music of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Keith Whitley also speaks to him.
"I just really love those traditional country musicians who were great singers and told real life stories through their song."
Having co-written four of the tracks on his debut, Corbin explains songwriting concepts can come from anywhere, including "ideas I might have or waking up with a melody and just picking up the guitar. ... As an artist, you always grow, and as a songwriter, you want to develop. I learned that you can only develop as a songwriter by continuing to write."
He will bring his new music front and center this summer as he hits the road with a hefty touring schedule including select dates on Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality World Tour.
While some of his upcoming appearances include various fairs and festivals, he doesn't seem timid about performing at larger venues.
Having previously toured with high-profile artists including Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and Paisley, Corbin says, "You learn a lot about how to adapt."
However, when it comes to Paisley's tour, he says, "This is on a whole different level because it's a different atmosphere playing in the amphitheaters and arenas."
The singer takes the opportunity in stride though as he concludes, "As a new artist, you just learn to adapt and go with what you got."
Considering Corbin's track record, this seems to be a winning formula.
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