Easton Corbin – “Roll With It”

Juli Thanki | April 7th, 2010

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Having just seen his debut single “A Little More Country Than That” top the charts, Easton Corbin must be on top of the world. And now that the majority of radio listeners know he is not George Strait, Corbin’s ready to capitalize with a strong second single waiting in the wings.

Since it’s the time of year when folks are shaking off the winter doldrums, it makes sense for Corbin’s next single to celebrate blowing town for a little fun in the sun. There are two songs on his debut album that fit the bill: “A Lot to Learn About Livin’,” which is a decent song even if the lyrics sound like they might have been stolen from Kenny Chesney’s tour bus circa 2004, and “Roll With It.” Luckily The Powers That Be chose the latter, an involuntary toe-tapper with a catchy hook.

Consider it “Heads Carolina, Tails California” for country boys, as Corbin, tired of the daily grind, instructs his gal “fill that cooler full of something cold/Don’t ask, just pack/And we’ll hit the road runnin’.” The destination: anywhere there’s a beach. It doesn’t matter if it rains, or the tide carries them away because they’re going to…wait for it…roll with it. Of course, there’s a reference to snacking on pork rinds, because Corbin is a little more country than potato chips, and fishing poles get another shoutout.

Corbin’s laidback, boy-next-door delivery fits the song perfectly, accompanied by a pleasant, if a generic neo-neotraditionalist arrangement; “Roll With It” (written by Tony Lane and Johnny Park) may not be the strongest song on the album, but it’s three and a half minutes of escapist fun.

Need a carefree summer anthem, or just some inspiration for playing hooky on a beautiful day? Easton Corbin’s your man.

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  1. Kris H
    April 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I have the cd just because I was curious, and I find this song a lot more addicting than ALMCTT. I love hearing a true Telecaster sound playing a true country lead riff instead of the Les Paul’s and ACDC rip-offs we’ve been getting from everyone else. Props to the producer.

  2. Drew
    April 7, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Good choice. I can only hope “This Far From Memphis” will be the next one, as that’s arguably the best track released this year, IMO.

  3. Lee S.
    April 7, 2010 at 10:05 am

    The title “Roll With It” worried me when I got the album – it’s a generic as all get out name. But like Juli says, it’s pleasantly catchy and is a fun ride. Hope this one does well for Easton.

  4. Jonathan
    April 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

    The song proves he isn’t a one trick pony. For a while I barely gave his first single a listen since it falls under the current trend of songs about how country someone is or whatnot.

    When I heard “Roll With It” for the first time I got excited to see what else Easton has up his sleeve and I bought the CD. Glad to see it get a positive review, it’ll likely be the most traditional song on country radio this summer.

    While not as “hooky” as Zac Brown Band’s “Toes,” this should fit the bill of the summertime anthem and it’s a welcome chance of pace for country radio.

    Thank Goodness it comes from someone other than Kenny Chesney. He’s great for whom he is but it’s time for a break from him.

    Easton may just be the next big artist in country. At least he actually cares about tradition. That is rare no-a-days. He’s headed in the right direction.

  5. Jonathan
    April 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I’ve actually given “A Little More Country Than That” a chance it’s okay. A nice start to building a solid career.

    In a way I wish Rory Feek would’ve kept the song for himself…when you give away all your sure-fire radio smashes, you don’t stand a chance of having success yourself. That’s been the biggest mistake Joey + Rory have made.

  6. merlefan49
    April 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Not impressed way to mainstream soccer mom for my tastes.

  7. Noeller
    April 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Definitely a great choice for a second single, and shockingly, he actually sounds even MORE like Strait on this cut than he did on the first.

    Again, this kid is the REAL deal.

  8. Matt Bjorke
    April 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Jonathan, There are some very strong songs on Joey+Rory’s Album #2.

  9. crazybaby
    April 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I give it a thumbs up, too. There are only 2 songs on the cd that I don’t listen to much. It took me just a little while to get into this song, but it’s a great tune!

  10. Jonathan
    April 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you Matt. I look forward to checking it out. I just wish they wouldn’t give their songs away for others to record. Who knows where they would be today if they had kept “Some Beach” for themselves…

  11. Matt Bjorke
    April 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Rory’s songwriting career has literally bought them a farm and more. They can afford things like a tourbus as well because of things like that. Giving away a few songs that wouldn’t work for them is just fine.

  12. Nicolas
    April 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Joey + Rory wouldn’t have had the big success that Blake and Easton had with those songs.

  13. Kyle
    April 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    This feels fairly “done before” to me – not “Summer Nights” bad, but nothing particularly clever or interesting about it. I like my fun summer songs to at least have a good hook.

    That said, I’ll be pulling for it because I think Corbin does things right as an artist, and I want him to make it. I hope they realease “Can’t Love You Back” as the next single though… for my money, that’s the most cleverly written and nicely produced tune on the album.

  14. Rick
    April 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I’m glad Easton’s debut single hit # 1 as that keeps the door wide open at Top 40 mainstream country radio for his follow up singles. This song is okay and hopefully will hit the Top 20 and further expand his newly minted fan base.

    Even though I no longer listen to AirHead Country radio, it is encouraging to see younger new artists with a neo-traditional sound do well at radio. I place Chris Young in this category as well and hope both of these artists garner radio airplay over the long haul. George Strait and Alan Jackson won’t be putting out new singles that radio will play forever. Now we have some new blood to fill their shoes, sort of…

  15. Steve Harvey
    April 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I think we have to be careful not to overrate someone’s output just because their production and vocal style leans towards traditional country.

    I think this is a pretty pedestrian song – nicely sung and played, but pretty pedestrian.

  16. stormy
    April 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    But nicely sung is a rare enough thing these days.

  17. Steve Harvey
    April 8, 2010 at 1:01 am

    True. But that’s no reason to lower our standards. This springs to my mind every time I read a glowing review of a new George Strait record – an artist who’s albums seem to me to be stuff with filler – just because they’re relieved to hear King George singing music that’s undeniably country.

  18. Thomas
    April 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

    …nicely sung and played, pretty pedestrian that’s not off the mark, steve harvey. however, there’s something in the way that easton corbin delivers his songs that i haven’t heard like that before too often. it’s smooth, easy, yet not schmalzy and has an authentic feel about it. clearly, this singer has enormous star-potential.

  19. Wade
    April 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I like it, mainly cause i like Easton alot! Keep doing what your doing!

  20. Stacie Lee
    May 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I’m really impressed with the comments made on this site. Those of you who are posting are very knowledgeable of good music and your feedback is sounds creditable. David Lee in one of the writers on this song, although his name was left off. It goes without saying that I love the song :) but totally get what each one of you had to say about “Roll With It”. I can’t wait to follow “the9513″ in the future, as music is subjective to the listener, you all posting here are fair in your reviews.

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