A Little More Country Than That

Album: Easton Corbin (2009)
Charted: 42
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Songfacts®:

  • This is the debut release of American Country music artist Easton Corbin and the lead-off single to his self-titled debut album.
  • Corbin was raised on his grandparents' farm following his parents' divorce and this Rory Feek, Don Poythress and Wynn Varble penned song, paints a picture of rural life that speaks to his small town sensibilities. He explained: "Even though I didn't write it, this song identifies who I am. It shows character and that's important where I'm from. You learn to say 'yes, ma'am' and 'no, sir,' and to open doors for the ladies."
  • When this topped the Country chart, Corbin became the first solo male to reach #1 with a debut single in more than six years. The previous man to reach the penthouse with his maiden release was Dierks Bentley, whose song "What Was I Thinkin'," ruled the chart dated September 27, 2003.
  • Co-writer Rory Feek, who is best known as one half of the country duo Joey + Rory, told us the story of this song in our 2010 interview. Said Rory: "That song was written five or six years ago with a couple of my buddies: Don Poythress and Wynn Varble. We were in Hendersonville, Tennessee. We were up at a lake and we were writing for another artist. We had a little writing retreat, and we were sitting on a porch one afternoon, and we wrote that song for another artist to possibly sing. That same afternoon we wrote 'A Little More Country Than That,' we also wrote 'Album Number Two.' Both of those songs. They sat on a shelf these past five or six years and no one recorded them. That artist didn't record either one of them, and all these years later 'A Little More Country' becomes a huge hit, and then 'Album Number Two.' Now I'm not just a songwriter, now I have an album, and a second album, and every word of that song we wrote all those years ago is our story now.

    'A Little More Country Than That' was Wynn and Don and I sitting out on the porch thinking about our lives. Wynn lives down where we do, and he lives on a farm just like we do, and we just were naming a bunch of things and that seemed to write it all for us. We had a ball writing the song, and believed in it all these years, and I think it's probably just drawn from our own lives; the lives that we're living now we were trying to live."
  • Feek explained to The Boot who this song was intended for: "We actually originally wrote it for Blaine Larsen for his album I was producing a while back, and we thought it was great, but his record label didn't think it was great, so they passed on it. And then [producer] Carson Chamberlain heard it and put it on Easton's album."

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