If the honky tonk nation gathered and rejoiced publicly every time an artist came along with a sound steeped in the past -- which is rarer in the 21st century than a two-headed dog -- the cheers would have been deafening when Easton Corbin's "A Little More Country Than That" first hit the airwaves. The Top Ten single, from Corbin's 2010 self-titled album, is as old school as it gets. Producer Carson Chamberlain's new penny polish and Corbin's traditional twang balance each other out nicely.
At a time when so many new country acts are drawing their inspiration from stale ‘80s arena rock and early-‘90s adult contemporary drivel, newcomer Easton Corbin stands as a refreshing change of pace. For his self-titled debut, Corbin sounds like a young George Strait to a distracting degree. In playing up that similarity, he suggests that, if you’re going to be derivative, at least have the good sense to drink from the well of someone widely hailed as a genre legend.