Easton Gets No. 1 Party For His Birthday

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Birthday boy Easton Corbin got an extra birthday present this year--a full-blown No. 1 party to celebrate his first chart-topper, “A Little More Country Than That.”

On April 12, Easton joined songwriters Wynn Varble, Don Poythress and Rory Lee Feek (half of the duo Joey + Rory) during a rooftop party at BMI’s Nashville office, complete with a scenic view of the Nashville skyline. A crowd of industry well-wishers (including members of the Country Music Association, industry trade publication Country Aircheck, BMI and Universal Music Group) dined on country-boy food like cheeseburgers, Moon Pies and GooGoo Clusters while they celebrated the song's success.

Easton told reporters he first heard the news that his song had climbed to the peak of the country charts when he was at home with his wife, Briann. "She saw it went to No. 1 and just started shoutin’ for joy, and actually woke me out of a good sleep,” he said with a laugh. “That was pretty good to wake up to.”

Co-writer Wynn Varble later quipped, “Don and I had written together every Tuesday for about eight years and nothing happened. Then all of a sudden, something happened."

Instead of handing out plaques to commemorate the song’s success, publisher Warner/Chappell’s Tracy Gershon announced they would give donations to Musicares, a foundation that provides emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, and senior housing services to musicians, in honor of each of the songwriters.

Before dispersing, the industry crowd serenaded Easton on his special day with “Happy Birthday.”

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