Florida native and neo-traditional country singer Easton Corbin definitely does Country right on his first new album in eight years – Let’s Do Country Right – released under new label, Stone Country Records with Benny Brown.
The album starts strong with the uptempo, banjo-laced ‘Hey Merle’ situating Corbin as an artist who understands country from the roots and there’s a great hook to be shouted back from the crowd in the title. Follow up track is the fun ‘I Can’t Decide’ an equally upbeat and engaging, appreciating all sides of a country girl.
Corbin’s number one hit, ‘A Little More Country Than That’, which took three American Country Awards in 2010, is reflected upon in new, up-tempo honkytonk tracks such as ‘Somebody’s Gotta Be Country’ (referencing Alan Jackson and good ol’ boys), which has a heavenly fiddle echo. The fun title track, ‘Let’s Do Country Right’ would be perfect for honkytonk two stepping on a weekend, with plenty of “ice cold beer…under that wagon wheel chandelier”.
Then the good times slow down to a reflective ballad pace in the second third of the album, equally honest, but this time in wondering where love went, a tale told from the viewpoint of a bar stool in the case of ‘Lonesome Drinkers’ or the bottle, in the heart breaking ballad ‘Whiskey Don’t Take Me Back’.
Corbin picks up the pace again on ‘Honky Tonk Land and ‘Wind You Up’, looking to a brighter future. However it’s the final song, the ballad, ‘In It’, reflecting on the end of a relationship, a steel guitar and fiddle harmonising over emotion, which is one of the strongest tracks on Let’s Do Country Right.
The fourteen tracks are filled with country goodness and the time-honoured traditions of bars, dirt roads, whiskey and women. Fans will be won over by Corbin’s connection with his true-to-his roots style of storytelling and the smooth production from his new team, making this a great album for the car or the kitchen.
Corbin has had little radio presence in the last decade, although memorable music moments such as the runaway hit that Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies had with a remix of Corbin’s ‘Are You With Me’, which won the Echo Awards Dance International and Hit of The Year in 2016.
Corbin wholeheartedly deserves success with Let’s Do Country Right, an ideal album for fans of Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan.
Tracklist: 1. Hey Merle 2. I Can’t Decide 3. Marry That Girl 4. Somebody’s Gotta Be Country 5. Let’s Do Country Right 6. Between You and Me 7. Where Do You Go 8. Lonesome Drinkers 9. Over a Girl 10. Real Good Country Song 11. Whiskey Don’t Take Me Back 12. Honky Tonk Land 13. Wind You Up 14. In It Record Label: Stone Country Records Release Date: January 20th Buy ‘Let’s Do Country Right’ now