"I'm starting to write for it and look for the perfect songs," Easton tells The Boot. "I'm going to keep doing the same thing I'm doing, as far as country music, and just look for songs that I relate to -- great songs."
As far as the threat of the so-called 'sophomore slump' -- the downturn in an artist's career when the success of their second record doesn't live up to the first -- "I don't worry about it," Easton assures. "Hopefully, this record will be just as good as the first, and I feel like it will be. I think if I look at this record like I did the last one that it should be just as good."
Easton says he's doing a lot of co-writing, mostly with the songwriters he worked with on the first album, including Carson Chamberlain, Mark Sanders and Jimmy Yeary.
Since his debut, Easton's deep traditional voice has been often compared to that of George Strait, a comment that he certainly appreciates. "I don't think it hurts me at all," he says. "I find it to be a great honor to be compared to him. There will never be another George Strait. He's one of a kind; he's a legend."
The legend, who's long relationship with Chevrolet includes sponsorship deals and lyric cameos, would likely endorse Easton's first big splurge since his success. "I bought me a Chevrolet truck, but I'm making payments on that like anybody else," Easton says. "I wouldn't have gotten that but I had to have something to drive. [laughs]"
Easton's also looking forward to hitting the road this year with Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts. "It's always a good thing to get up there and learn from guys who have been doing it for a long time," he admits.
Also, don't forget to vote for either Easton, Eric Church or Randy Houser for the ACM's Top New Solo Vocalist, and the Band Perry, JaneDear girls or Steel Magnolia for Top New Duo or Group here. Voting ends February 24 at noon ET.
The ACM Awards air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS.