Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan, “Bonfire”

September 6, 2009 // 3 Comments

Craig MorganIt’s hard to fault Craig Morgan for recording yet another “we’re a bunch of rednecks having a good time” anthem. Such songs have been his bread and butter.

But it’s quite easy to fault him for taking a page from the Jason Aldean playbook and screaming the whole song. Morgan is not a country-rocker, and can’t even pull of being a wannabe country-rocker. His charm has always been his too country twang, a vocal style that you can usually only hear on the bluegrassiest of bluegrass records. When he sings a song like “A Little Bit of Life” or “Redneck Yacht Club”, you can actually hear his big goofy grin.

Album Sales Update

May 23, 2009 // 20 Comments

2009

* Rascal Flatts, Unstoppable – 669,000
* Keith Urban, Defying Gravity – 349,000
* Jason Aldean, Wide Open – 241,000
* Dierks Bentley, Feel That Fire – 189,000
* Martina McBride, Shine – 89,000
* John Rich, Son of a Preacher Man – 89,000
* Rodney Atkins, It’s America – 72,000
* Jake Owen, Easy Does It – 70,000
* Eric Church, Carolina – 66,000
* Randy Travis, I Told You So: Ultimate Hits – 59,000
* Randy Rogers Band, Randy Rogers Band – 57,000
* Pat Green, What I’m For – 54,000
* Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel, Willie & The Wheel – 50,000
* Billy Ray Cyrus, Back to Tennessee – 29,000
* Jason Michael Carroll, Growing Up is Getting Old – 26,000
* Dean Brody, Dean Brody – 5,000

Review: Craig Morgan, “God Must Really Love Me”

January 8, 2009 // 7 Comments

In the past, one could credibly argue that while Craig Morgan’s music hasn’t been especially memorable or intriguing, his music had a sort of authentic charm that helped set him apart from some other mid-level artists. However, with his move to Sony BMG, it seems that he’s trying his hardest to eradicate any semblance of originality from his songs at this point. The melody is nauseatingly predictable, though he tries to spice up the chorus by interjecting two randomly sped up lines to make the song ridiculously earnest. Furthermore, the production employs every element of cheesiness imaginable: eighties electric guitar solos, moody piano undertones, an obnoxious synthesizer, obligatory steel guitar and fiddle, and, yes, even a church bell. The most offensive component of this song, however, is its generic, yet irresponsible, message. It suggests that the reason he’s still alive despite his transgressions, is because God must really love him. Read More

Discussion: SoundScan Sound Off

December 17, 2008 // 30 Comments

In this era of rampant piracy and economic recession, things aren’t looking good for the music industry.   We don’t post too often about the business side of the music business here, as we tend to keep the focus on the music.   But the reality is that these numbers matter.  If Little Big Town’s second Equity album had performed as well as the first, the label might still be in business. It’s not all doom and gloom, as many artists go on to make their best music once they leave major labels.   But this Christmas, you can guarantee that some artists and record executives will be bracing for the New Year, while others are embracing it. Here’s a look at some totals for albums released in 2008, ranked by total sales (rounded to the nearest thousand): Taylor Swift, Fearless – 1,519,000 Sugarland, Love on the Inside – 1,179,000 George Strait, Troubadour Read More

Craig Morgan, That’s Why

October 21, 2008 // 12 Comments

Craig Morgan That’s Why On Craig Morgan’s new album, That’s Why, life is about sitting in Cracker Barrel rockers, driving around the old town square and sipping on Boones Farm wine. No surprise, given that he’s earned steady radio airplay for slice-of-life songs such as “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday” (Billboard’s #1 country song of 2005). But he’s failed to translate these successes into significant career advancement.  His last album, 2006’s Little Bit of Life, has yet to reach gold status despite three top ten singles. Moving to a major record label (Sony BMG imprint BNA Records) is part of Morgan’s push to stamp his image into the public consciousness and rise to the top ranks of modern country singers.  Although a nice effort, That’s Why still finds Morgan in a holding pattern, sticking to the tried-and-true but still struggling to carve out a niche.

A Conversation with Craig Morgan

October 7, 2008 // 5 Comments

The country music carousel has taken Craig Morgan on an unpredictable ride since the United States Army veteran began his career in late 1999 on Atlantic Records.  After a five-year stint at Broken Bow Records, he left the label earlier this year to pursue an opportunity at BNA Records, a division of superpower conglomerate Sony BMG.  His first single with the label, “Love Remembers,” has landed firmly in the Top 20.  This month is arguably the most important in Morgan’s career, with his first album release with BNA, That’s Why, bowing on October 21, followed on October 25 by his formal induction into the Grand Ole Opry.  In a conversation with Country Universe, Morgan explains his move to BNA Records, the making of his new album and his feelings on the Opry invitation. This spring, it was announced that you’d be leaving independent label Broken Bow Records to join Joe Galante and his Read More

Craig Morgan, Greatest Hits

October 5, 2008 // 22 Comments

Craig Morgan Greatest Hits After several years with Broken Bow, Craig Morgan has moved on to the Sony BMG family.   As he preps his first release for his new label, his former home takes a look back with Greatest Hits, a collection of Morgan’s singles from his three albums with them. While he hasn’t been a major record-seller or a consistent hitmaker, Morgan has built up a solid body of work over the past five years.   Greatest Hits may surprise casual listeners of country radio, as they will recognize many songs here that they might not have realized were all by one artist.   The biggest hits here include “That’s What I Love About Sunday”, “Redneck Yacht Club” and “Little Bit of Life”, and they represent Morgan’s kind of country perfectly, a winning combination of southern pride and self-deprecating humor. The songs that weren’t quite as big hits, like “International Read More

Craig Morgan, “International Harvester”

September 13, 2007 // 6 Comments

Forgive me, but the awkward writing int he chorus keeps making me think that he’s married to his sister. Anyway, cute stuff.  Any time I’ve been caught behind a tractor it’s been okay to pass on the left, but I guess some people get rude.  This is about as far from my own personal experience as a country song can get.    But he sings it with enthusiasm and the hook is solid. Grade: B Listen: International Harvester Buy: International Harvester

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