Craig Morgan struts it for the catwalk
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • December 06, 2011 @ 9:15am
In the latest post for our behind-the-scenes coverage of Catwalk for Charity this weekend, we got a chance to talk to country super-star Craig Morgan. Besides music, the Tennessee native is also a U.S. Army veteran having served ten years active duty as a Fire Support Specialist and eventually serving overseas in Korea. He released his first self-titled album in 2000 with Atlantic Records and hasn’t stopped going since.
We spoke to Morgan right before hitting the stage for Catwalk for Charity on Sunday night —while he was eating chicken wings.
With a ton of top 10 hits already under your belt, what is one of you favorite songs to perform?
Craig Morgan: Usually the most recent hit and for now it’s “This Ole Boy.” The song that people are listening to right now seems to usually be the most recent hit. But I have been very fortunate with a lot of big career songs. Every time I have one, people say this is going to be the song of your career. Just like “Almost Home”, that was the first real big one. Then there was “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Love and Memories” and “International Harvester.” The latest single is usually the most familiar. So that’s the one.
Looking to collaborate with anyone in the future?
CM: I don’t like anybody! [laughs] I’m kidding. I’d love to do something with Sara Evans, she’s a sweetheart and we’ve talked about it for years. We will someday but it is tough to do and a lot has to take place.
Have any favorite songs to sing in the shower?
CM: Believe it or not, I’m probably not in there long enough to sing one song. I’ve got a new song that I absolutely love and I sing it all the time. It’s a song on the new album called “Love Loves a Long Night.” Vocally it’s just a fun song to sing. But right now I’m singing “The Christmas Song” quite a bit.
Phil Vassar and I are doing a co-headlining Christmas acoustic tour together. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I always end up singing some real traditional country song like “Rose Colored Glasses” or something like that.
Who have been some of your biggest musical influences throughout your career?
CM: All of the traditionalists like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Gene Watson, John Conlee and Jim Ed Brown. Those are all guys that have influenced me in that realm. I was also very influenced by the likes of Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross and some of the non-mainstream guys like James Taylor. Guys who wrote and sang with energy are the guys who influenced me the most.
Tell us about your new EP that was just released and plans for an upcoming full length album.
CM: It’s a five song digital album in preparation for a new album that will be out in February. It should have around 12 songs on it. It’s the same for me every time with anything I’ve done in the past. We went and looked at my past with any of my songs that were huge and we tried to focus on songs that were similar to that and that I enjoyed singing. This album is a compilation of things that are similar to the hits. “This Ole Boy” is very similar to “Love Remembers.” We have a song on this album called “More Trucks than Cars” that is similar to “Redneck Yacht Club”. Then we have a song called “Corn Star” that is similar to “International Harvester” and you get the idea.
Are you a hockey fan?
CM: I am, but not like I am an NFL fan. But I like it. If it’s on TV I might stop and watch a game. It’s never something that I just whiz right by. We’ve been to a few of the games at home with the Predators. Nashville is the capital of country music and the Predators are our hockey team. We support them and they support us.
Any chicken wing preferences?
CM: Hot. We got these ones today from the Anchor Bar.
How was the Titans/Bills game this weekend that you attended?
CM: The game was awesome. I didn’t get to watch the whole thing at the stadium because we had to come back here and take care of things. But it was great for me because I’m a Titans fan. We don’t get to go to a lot of games at home because we work, but on the road when the games are going on sometimes. It was very ironic having the Titans play while I was in town, and the Sabres playing Nashville this weekend too.