One of the reasons I enjoy what I do, is that I have the opportunity to hear new albums, before they are released to the public. Today, I listened to a great one. Craig Campbell’s sophomore album will hit stores on May 7. This is a CD that all country music fans are going to enjoy. And for those who have not heard a lot of Craig’s music, it is the perfect introduction.
I really don’t think Craig Campbell is getting the recognition he deserves. The singer first caught the attention of country music fans when his single, “Family Man”, made a quick climb up the charts, back in 2010. That song landed in the No. 14 spot, way ahead of the singles that followed – “Fish” got to No. 23, and “When I Get It” ended up at No. 38. The first single from the new album, “Outta My Head" is at No. 34 right now, but that’s definitely not as high as this one will go. I don’t think it will be too long until this one finds a home in the Top Ten.
Even though “Outta My Head,” is the ninth song on the new album, I’m going to start with that one. Craig is a great songwriter, and co-wrote six of the album’s 12 tracks, but he didn’t write this one. It was written by Michael Carter, Brandon Kinney and Cole Swindell. The song has a great lyric, a catchy melody, and a contemporary feel that Craig manages to turn into a country sound. Though this song is about getting an old girlfriend ‘outta his head,’ it ends up being a song that it is really hard to get out of your head once you hear it.
“When She Grows Up” begins with daughter Preslee giving us a small sampling of her vocal talents, with “Jesus Loves Me,” then Dad takes over with a really inspiring song, all about our kids – what they are to us, and what we are to them. “What she sees in me, that’s what I want to be – when she grows up.” It’s one of those songs you won’t really want to sing along with, and your probably won’t want to dance to it, but you sure are going to want to listen to it. It is one of my favorite songs on the album.
If you have a front porch, you’ll be able to relate to “That’s Why God Made a Front Porch.” It’s one of the slow ones on the album. This one reminds me a lot of Craig Morgan’s “Almost Home.” One phrase seems to run right into the next, but you need ever one of those phrases to tell the story. While the song sounds a lot like “Almost Home,” it is a completely different story. This is a good song to put on when you want to sit back in a comfortable chair, and relax.
There are a lot of people out there who can relate to “When Ends Don’t Meet.” It pretty much tells us all what we already know about the economy, bills overdue, a leaky roof, and having someone to lean on in times of trouble.
Most of the songs on this album are slow to mid-tempo. Everyone of them is perfect for Craig, and while I have my favorite – I think he could just about release any of them to radio as his follow-up single to “Outta My Head”.
Here is your track listing, with authors: Truck-N-Roll, Craig Campbell, Brett Beavers, Chris Lindsey; Keep Them Kisses Comin’ Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip; When She Grows UP, Craig Campbell, Alex Dooley, Arlos Smith; Tomorrow is Gone, Tommy Conners, Kevin Denney, Phillip White; Never Regret, Craig Campbell, Jason Matthews, Jim McCormick; My Baby’s Daddy, Brandon Kinney, Cole Swindell; Topless, Craig Campbell, Mindy Ellis, Blair Daly; When Ends Don’t Meet, Jonathan Singleton, Tony Lane, Dan Isbell; Outta My Head, Brandon Kinney Michael Carter, Cole Swindell; That’s Why God Made a Front Porch, Craig Campbell, Lee Thomas Miller; You Can Come Over, Brandy Clark Jessie Jo Dillon, Mark Narmore; Lotta Good That Does Me Now, Craig Campbell, Michael White and Justin Wilson.
The CD was produced by Keith Stegall and Matt Rovey, and recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville.
Be sure to visit Craig’s web site, craigcampbelltv.com, and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.
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