CCThe song is “Outskirts of heaven”, the singer is RBR/Red Bow Records’ artist Craig Campbell. We’ve all been hearing it on the radio for a while now. It’s spending a lot of  time on WXBQ 96.9 FM, the local station we listen to in these parts.  And, it’s getting a lot of air time on just about every other country station, too.

There is a reason for that.  When a song starts with lyrics that say, “My grandpa taught me about buck knives and shotguns, how to cast an old Zebco, how to work a stick shift,” you know there is a story coming.  When you add that with a real country melody, and add words like “Bible”, “Disciples”, and “Heaven” … you have a country song that reminds you of what country music used to be.  And, to top it all off, you have Craig Campbell singing it.

The song is beautifully written, very inspirational, and the kind of music you want to hear over and over again.  I think each time you hear a song like “Outskirts of heaven”, you will pick out another favorite phrase, or find a sentence that reminds you of part of your past.  I really liked the line, “Where there’s dogwood trees, and honeybees, and blue skies and green grass forever.”  When you hear “Outskirts of Heaven” , we believe you are going to like absolutely everything about it. There is nothing not to like about this song.

If your favorite radio station is one of the few that hasn’t picked up this great song yet, you can change that. Give a call and request it. And, if you somehow haven’t heard it yet – check out the lyric video below.

Country’s Chatter definitely isn’t alone in putting this one on our favorites list.   Fans have described the song as “brought me to tears,” “inspiring,” “gives me chills” and “what country music is supposed to sound like.” And critics have stated:

“The Georgia native certainly doesn’t hold back on his new single, ‘Outskirts of Heaven,’ a ballad with a sweeping, Nineties-style twang.”Rolling Stone Country

“With powerful vocals and gospel inspired lyrics, Craig has himself one damn good country
song.”Whiskey Riff

“For all of the traditional country music fans out there, this is your bread and butter…if you’re into more progressive current trends, I’ll ask you to give this song a chance. It more than deserves your attention as well.”

Country Music Chat

“Craig’s expressive vocal is just right for the message, humbly understated but building beautifully at the chorus’ climax. No question, this stand’s as Craig’s best work to date.”Nash Country Weekly

“We need more songs like ‘Outskirts of Heaven’ back on the radio.”Country Perspective

“Songs like Craig Campbell’s ‘Outskirts Of Heaven’ refocus a country genre that’s easily
distracted.” Taste of Country

“… recent barriers seem to have been broken down a bit and that will leave plenty of room for a song as solid as ‘Outskirts Of Heaven’ to slide into rotation as well.”One Stop Country

craigABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL:  Campbell launched on to the country music scene with the release of his self-titled debut album (2011) delivering the hits “Family Man,” “Fish,” and “When I Get It.” To date, he has logged five consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Acclaimed as one of the genre’s most neo-traditionalist singers, his Top 15 breakout debut “Family Man” was featured on HBO’s True Blood and fan-favorite “Fish” has tallied nearly 400,000 digital copies sold. Campbell earned his first Top 10 smash with the infectious “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” from his sophomore album NEVER REGRET (2013). The gifted songwriter co-wrote Garth Brooks “All American Kid” off of MAN AGAINST THE MACHINE. Prior to landing his first record deal, the Lyons, GA native spent time on the road playing keyboard for both Tracy Byrd and Luke Bryan – shows that inspired him nightly. He was soon discovered while playing a regular gig at the downtown Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage.

In addition to Craig’s website, visit his Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there.  You will also find other social media links on his website, and you will enjoy visiting those as well. You can follow Craig on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.  If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.

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The song is “Outskirts of heaven”, the singer is RBR/Red Bow Records’ artist Craig Campbell. We’ve all been hearing it on the radio for a while now. It’s spending a lot of  time on WXBQ 96.9 FM, the local station we listen to in these parts.  And, it’s getting...