This Ol’ Boy’s got it going on.
And that’s not just a line of lyrics in Craig Morgan‘s latest single “This Ole Boy.” The Opry member is headed in an exciting direction in his career, releasing new music, and is even an option in a Fantasy Hunting league.
“It’s not a song that will change the world,” Craig says of his latest single. “It’s just a feel good fun song that talks about love the way we all see it. It’s a country boy love song that makes you want to roll the window down and have a good time.”
He performed the single during Randy Travis‘ 25th Anniversary show and the Opry’s 86th Birthday Bash last October. Since it’s the start of a new year, we’re using some of Craig’s words as a New Years resolution: to absorb the moments.
“I’ve been here for some of the greatest events of the Opry in my opinion,” Craig says. “I have gotten to sing on stage and duet with some of the legends, and I didn’t absorb it. It wasn’t long after that I would think, ‘wow, that was so cool.’”
And more than just absorbing the moments on the stage, Craig has other Opry events he wished he could have been at.
“When Blake (Shelton) was inducted, I didn’t get to be here,” Craig recalls. “I hate that I was not observant enough of my schedule to be here for one of my good friend’s induction because this is a very important thing in our careers.”
But that’s how Craig knows he wants to absorb every moment from now on. And he certainty did more than that at Randy Travis’ Anniversary.
“His music was extremely influential to me,” Craig said of Randy. “I will never forget the first time I heard I’m diggin’ up bones, I’m diggin’ up bones, Exhuming things that’s better left alone – I mean that made me want to sing. I know I’m not the only guy. I know there’s people out there that don’t sing for a living that feel like they have an attachment to Randy Travis, and that’s what he did with his music. That’s the one thing that he did that I want to take. I want people to feel like they have an attachment to me because of my music.”
Although Craig wants a connection through his music, he’s also enjoying another connection to fans of both country music and hunting as a character in the Fantasy Hunting League.
“Everybody plays fantasy football, and there are a lot of people that don’t get to hunt as much as they would like in the same way that people don’t get to play football like they would like,” Craig explains. “So they play fantasy football. Some gentlemen have created a very similar concept called Fantasy Hunting. In the same way that you pick your football team, you pick your hunters. I am one of the hunters that they can pick. And just like in football, they pick their hunters based on what they think they have the potential to do throughout the year.”
So whether it’s Fantasy Hunting, performing on the Grand Ole Opry or watching big moments in his friends’ careers, Craig want’s to absorb it all. Enjoy this video of him on stage performing his latest single: