For a fella who seems to really have it all, Craig Morgan has stayed true to his country roots and kept both feet on the ground. Aside from being one of Nashville’s most likeable celebrities, Craig has become a household name in the outdoor industry. The third season of his outdoor television show – Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors – is airing now on the Outdoor Channel.
You’d think all country kids growing up in central Tennessee would dream of making the big time on music row. Craig says that’s not so.
“Music wasn’t really my dream,” he said. “I went into the Army thinking I would retire from the Army and become a sheriff somewhere. Music just sort of happened. But I’ll tell you this... now that I’ve had the opportunity to have a music career, I couldn’t image doing anything else.”
Craig’s road to music row supports his statement. Before he ever had a hit song, he swung a hammer, proudly wore the uniform of the United States Army, and he even worked at Walmart for a spell.
“Having done other things before music gives you a lot of life material to write and sing about,” he said. “And taking the long road, whether by choice or not, gives you a different sense of appreciation.”
Craig really started playing music and writing songs frequently while he was in the Army.
“I kept waiting for someone to tell me I didn’t belong in music. But no one ever did. It just sort of progressed,” he said.
And we can all be thankful for that. A number of Craig’s songs have been amongst some of the best released on country radio over the last 10 years. Songs like; “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Little Bit of Life,” “International Harvester,” “Love Remembers” and “Bonfire” are all recognizable to country music fans. Chances are you can sing along with most of them. His biggest hit to date though is “That’s what I love About Sundays.” The song spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard country charts, and was named Billboard’s number one country hit of 2005.
Craig’s new album, “This Ole Boy” was released back on February 28. Craig co-wrote seven of the songs on the album.
“This is the best album I have made by far,” Craig said. “The music has the same feel as my most successful songs. I just felt soul making it.”
The fall hunting season is fast approaching and Craig has a lot of shows to film for season four of All Access Outdoors. This fall he’ll be all over the country chasing big game, but whitetails remain his favorite.
“Two hunts I am really looking forward to this year are whitetail hunts in Illinois and Kentucky. I just loving chasing big bucks,” Craig said.
With a new hit album out this year, an ongoing concert tour and filming his outdoor television show, not to mention his obligations as a husband and father of four, Craig Morgan is a busy man. But he’s the first to tell you that it’s all good.
With complete humility and a sense of disbelief to this day, Craig said, “If you want to be blessed come hang out with me because I have a lot of angels.”
See you down the trail...
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