12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Backroads romance, heartland scenery, and traditional values abound on Craig Morgan’s This Ole Boy. Such topics are typical country music fare, but Morgan sings with an authenticity few of his peers can match. Here he stays true to form, keeping the lyrics sincere while surrounding himself with a Dixie-fried blend of electric guitars, banjo, and pedal steel. Morgan avoids faux-rebel poses in favor of something more appealing—he remains the country gentlemen even when he’s teasingly sexy (as in “Show Me Your Tattoo” and the title track). He relishes the telling details of small-town life, as in the upbeat twanger “More Trucks Than Cars” and the acoustic-centered “Country Boys Like Me.” “Corn Star”—a tribute to a hot 4H Club queen set to a stomping beat—takes matters to playful extremes. Morgan does well with sultry ballads like “Love Loves a Long Night,” but he seems especially comfortable with odes to old-fashioned family suppers (“The Whole World Needs a Kitchen”) and tales of tragic loss (“I Didn’t Drink”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Backroads romance, heartland scenery, and traditional values abound on Craig Morgan’s This Ole Boy. Such topics are typical country music fare, but Morgan sings with an authenticity few of his peers can match. Here he stays true to form, keeping the lyrics sincere while surrounding himself with a Dixie-fried blend of electric guitars, banjo, and pedal steel. Morgan avoids faux-rebel poses in favor of something more appealing—he remains the country gentlemen even when he’s teasingly sexy (as in “Show Me Your Tattoo” and the title track). He relishes the telling details of small-town life, as in the upbeat twanger “More Trucks Than Cars” and the acoustic-centered “Country Boys Like Me.” “Corn Star”—a tribute to a hot 4H Club queen set to a stomping beat—takes matters to playful extremes. Morgan does well with sultry ballads like “Love Loves a Long Night,” but he seems especially comfortable with odes to old-fashioned family suppers (“The Whole World Needs a Kitchen”) and tales of tragic loss (“I Didn’t Drink”).

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About Craig Morgan

Singer/songwriter Craig Morgan was an army brat before he opted for a career in music. Born and raised in Nashville, Morgan was already a country music fan with dreams of playing guitar and making it big. But before his musical dreams could become reality, Morgan spent time serving in the U.S. Army, where he had a very respectable career and achieved high honors during peace and wartime. It was also during this time that Morgan whetted his guitar-playing styles to perform for troops whenever he could. Such passion led to a deal with Atlantic after he left the service, and his self-titled debut was released on the label in May 2000. His next three albums, 2002's I Love It, 2005's My Kind of Livin', and 2006's Little Bit of Life, all appeared on Broken Bow Records. Morgan's 2008 album, That's Why, was his last for a major label; it had two Top Ten Country Airplay hits in "Love Remembers" and "Bonfire." After that record, he departed for Black River Entertainment, resurfacing on the indie label in 2012 with This Ole Boy. A re-recorded selection of greatest hits called The Journey (Livin' Hits) arrived in 2013, and then in 2016 he released the full-length A Whole Lot More to Me. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Kingston Springs, TN
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    July 16, 1965

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