Easton Corbin ties for the most nominations at the American Country Awards with seven nods from the fan voted award show that will air live on Fox Dec. 6. This week also marks Easton’s second consecutive No. 1 hit with “Roll With It,” penned by Tony Lane, David Lee and Johnny Park.
Corbin is nominated for “Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist,” as well as “Single of the Year,” “Single of the Year: Male,” “Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist,” “Music Video of the Year,” “Music Video: Male” and “Music Video: Breakthrough Artist” for his No. 1 hit “A Little More Country Than That.” “Country” is written by Rory Feek, Don Poythress and Wynn Varble.
Starting today, fans can vote once each day for their favorite American Country Awards nominees at www.theacas.com. Voting is open until November 8, 2010, for all categories, except for Artist of the Year, which closes on December 4.
“It’s pretty overwhelming,” Easton says. “To be a new artist, you don’t expect to get one or two, much less seven.” He learned of his nominations from an email his publicist sent while on his bus traveling to a show. “I counted every one of them,” he says. “I told one of my band mates, ‘Let me read these off. Count these on your fingers.’ It was funny. I was sure I wasn’t reading it right.”
This brings the total award nominations that he has received this fall to 9, because he previously received nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Single” for “A Little More Country Than That” for the upcoming CMAs. “A Little More Country Than That” is also nominated for “Song of the Year.”
“It’s an honor because that just shows that people really like the music and people are going out and buying it,” he says of the accolades. “I am so appreciative of that because if they didn’t buy music, I couldn’t do what I do.”
His self-titled album is the best-selling new artist debut of 2010, and “A Little More Country Than That” is the highest-ranking debut single by a new act since Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried.”
Early on, he didn’t know if “A Little More Country than That” would be a hit, but he certainly knew the song was perfect for him. “When I first heard that song, it really struck a chord with me because it’s describing who I am and where I come from. Even though they didn’t write it for me, it seems like they did.”
“I knew it was a good song and that it fit me,” he says. “I hoped it would be a hit song, but I wasn’t sure about that. I thought that it would be a great debut single because it described who I was and gave the audience a chance to get to know me better.”
Born and raised in rural Gilchrist County, Fla., Easton spent much of his time on his grandparents’ cattle farm, where they would gather around the TV on Saturday nights to watch “Hee Haw,” “Opry Backstage” and “Opry Live.” He was a member of FFA and 4-H and showed cattle at the local livestock fair. The ACA-nominated video was shot on a 1,700-acre farm in Springfield, Tenn. “We stuck to the song and what it’s like being on a farm,” he says. “I grew up in a small town and working on a farm. In talking about fishing and school zones and all of that stuff, pretty much everything in the song I can relate to because I grew up around it and doing those things.”
Easton, who has recently toured with Brad Paisley, will film the video for his upcoming single written by Carson Chamberlain, Clint Daniels and Jeff Hyde, titled “I Can’t Love You Back,” later this month. Pick up the Nov. 8 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Nov. 1, for a glimpse of his life on the road.