A Little More Country Than That

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"A Little More Country Than That"
Easton Corbin Almctt single cover.jpg
Single by Easton Corbin
from the album Easton Corbin
Released August 4, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Country
Length 2:52
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Carson Chamberlain
Easton Corbin singles chronology
"A Little More Country Than That"
(2009)
"Roll with It"
(2010)
Music video
"A Little More Country Than That" at CMT.com

"A Little More Country Than That" is a debut song written by Joey + Rory's Rory Lee Feek, Wynn Varble and Don Poythress, and recorded by American country music artist Easton Corbin. It was released in August 2009 as the first single from his self-titled debut album. In April 2010, the song reached Number One on the country music charts, making Corbin the first male solo artist in seven years to send a debut single to Number One. It has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Content[edit]

"A Little More Country Than That" is Corbin's debut release to radio.[1] It is a mid-tempo song featuring accompaniment from acoustic guitar and electric guitar, with fiddle and steel guitar fills. In it, the male narrator lists off various rural themes such as "catching channel cat," each time saying that he is "a little more country than that."[2]

Rory Lee Feek, one-half of the duo Joey + Rory, wrote the song with Don Poythress and Wynn Varble while the three were at a writing retreat held at Mickey Newbury's cabin near Nashville, Tennessee.[2] Poythress began playing a tune on the guitar when Feek suggested the song title "A Little More Country Than That." The song was originally intended to be recorded by Blaine Larsen, but it sat unrecorded for several years before producer Carson Chamberlain heard it and recommended it for Corbin.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song on September 17, 2009. Directed by Stephen Shepherd, it depicts Corbin singing and playing guitar in rural areas, as well as scenes of him singing in front of a bonfire at a party.

Reception[edit]

Karlie Justus of Engine 145 gave the song a positive review, comparing Corbin's vocals to those of George Strait, and also saying that the song had "organic phrases" and a traditionally country sound.[3] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock also gave a favorable review, saying that it was "refreshing" to hear Corbin's neotraditionalist country influences.[4] Slant Magazine critic Jonathan Keefe was somewhat negative, referring to the song as "a slightly more purposeful variation on an interminable series of rote lists of rural-ish points of reference that Nashville's unambitious go-to songwriters have been attempting to pass off as songs for the past few years."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"A Little More Country Than That" debuted at No. 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week ending August 22, 2009. It also debuted at No. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending January 23, 2010.

The song peaked at Number One on the U.S. country singles charts dated for the week ending April 3, 2010, its thirty-second week on that chart.[2] It made Corbin the first solo male artist to send a debut single to Number One since Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'" in September 2003, and the first country music artist overall to have a number-one debut single since the Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried" in December 2008.[6][7]

Chart (2009–10) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 42
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 19
Preceded by
"Hillbilly Bone"
by Blake Shelton
with Trace Adkins
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

April 3, 2010
Succeeded by
"Temporary Home"
by Carrie Underwood

Parodies[edit]

  • American parody artist Cledus T. Judd released a parody of "A Little More Country Than That" titled "A Little More Hungry Than That" on his 2012 album "Parodyziac!!".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Easton Corbin releases first single". Country Standard Time. July 31, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Conaway, Alanna (May 10, 2010). "Story Behind the Song: A Little More Country Than What?". Country Weekly. 17 (19): 17. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  3. ^ Justus, Karlie (July 23, 2009). "Easton Corbin – "A Little More Country Than That"". Engine 145. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (July 24, 2009). "Easton Corbin – "A Little More Country Than That"". Roughstock.com. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ Keefe, Jonathan. "Easton Corbin review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Corbin scores first Number One". Country Standard Time. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Trust, Gary (March 24, 2010). "Chart Beat Wednesday: Stone Temple Pilots, Easton Corbin, Lady Antebellum". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 26, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Easton Corbin – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Easton Corbin. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Easton Corbin – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Easton Corbin. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "Easton Corbin – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Easton Corbin. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Archived from the original on December 11, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 

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