Craig Morgan signs with Black River
Friday, April 1, 2011
– Craig Morgan signed with Black River, it was announced Friday.
Morgan had been with Broken Bow and the BNA label.
"You could take a poll of country fans," said Gordon S. Kerr, Black River's Chief Operating Officer, "and be pretty sure at least one or two of Craig's hits would be among their all-time favorites. We're immensely proud to have Craig join the Black River family."
Plans call for a new album from Morgan later this year.
Since first breaking into the charts in 2000, Morgan has had hits with Red Neck Yacht Club and International Harvester. In 2005, he scored a number 1 with That's What I Love About Sunday.
Black River's artist roster also features Jeff Bates, Sarah Darling and Due West.
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This Ole Boy
Craig Morgan likes to keep things simple. Once dubbed "country music's champion of the Everyman" he is best known best known for songs that espouse the core values of the genre: Faith ( That's What I Love About Sunday), good times, ( Redneck Yacht Club) and helping others ( Almost Home ).
We get much of the same on "This Ole Boy," his first new music in three years and debut with Black River Entertainment. Disappointingly, the patriotism, religion and love »»»
Craig Morgan flies under the radar, both personally and musically. He spent a decade in military service, is married with kids and loves dirt biking. He's an everyday American guy who just sings and writes better than most. Musically, his lyrics about patriotism, family, southern pride, faith, and love are topics so elemental to country music, that he's something of a musical conduit for the common southern man.
Here Morgan teams again with frequent co-writer and producer Phil »»»
Little Bit of Life
Once an artist has a really big hit, like Craig Morgan did with 2005's, "That's What I Love About Sunday," the pressure's on from the Nashville suits to produce another just like it. The title track to Morgan's fourth album serves the retread purpose here, spouting off a litany of the ordinary stuff that life's made of, like sleeping with the windows down, supper on the table, etc. It is essentially an uptempo combination of, "Sunday" and hit followup, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Drive-By Truckers finds little to celebrate
While introducing "Guns of Umpqua," off the new "American Band" album, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood wondered out loud - in a profanity-laced observation - why he can never seem to see a flag not at half-mast anymore. "We can do better, people!" he admonished the crowd. In an election year with two of the most... »»»
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