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Opry inducts Craig Morgan

Sunday, October 26, 2008 – Craig Morgan became the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday, inducted by Opry member John Conlee before an Opry House audience including family, friends and fans.

"I had the great pleasure of being the Opry member to first bring him on this stage the first time he guested on the Grand Ole Opry, and what an honor that was," said Conlee. "As we've become friends...it was plain to me that no one loves the Grand Ole Opry more than this young man right here. He loves it as much as he loves his country, and he's proven that with his service to his country before." Turning to Morgan, Conlee continued, "I'm proud to call you friend and I'm proud to call you 'brother Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan'. Welcome to the family, sir."

"Thank you so much," Morgan replied. "I didn't prepare a speech because I knew I would probably mess it up. I am extremely honored and grateful to the Grand Ole Opry. I am proud to be a part of it, and I hope I can uphold its standards."

Morgan made his Grand Ole Opry debut on April 21, 2000 and was invited to become an Opry member during a special concert for U.S. troops at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. on Sept. 18. That evening was a homecoming of sorts for the singer, who was stationed at Ft. Bragg from 1990 to 1992 during his 10-year active duty tenure in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He has performed on the Grand Ole Opry more than 130 times.

"If you love country music, you have to love Craig Morgan," said Opry Vice President and General Manger Pete Fisher. "Everything about Craig speaks quality, from the way he writes and sings his songs to the way he lives his life. The Grand Ole Opry is proud to welcome such a fine man to our esteemed membership roster."

The induction aired live on Opry Live on GAC: Great American Country. The Opry Member Award presented to Morgan during the induction is a 14-inch bronze and oak wood replica of the Opry's vintage microphone stand designed by sculptor Bill Rains. Fans can visit Youtube.com/OpryLive to see the induction moment plus a live Opry performance of Morgan's new single "Love Remembers."

Morgan is a Nashville native who has built his popularity with hits Love Remembers, Almost Home, Redneck Yacht Club, International Harvester and That's What I Love About Sunday, which was Billboard's Most Played Country Song of 2005.

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God, Family, Country CD review - God, Family, Country
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A Lot More to Me
Craig Morgan has been called "country music's champion of the everyman." Not only did the native of Kingston Springs, Tenn. spend more than 10 years in the U.S. Army, when he came home he worked construction, wore the badge of a sheriff's deputy and even did time at a Walmart. For his first album of original material in four years as and his second for Black River, he makes it abundantly clear in the liner notes that he is a devout Christian and the tone of the album reflects »»»
This Ole Boy CD review - This Ole Boy
Craig Morgan likes to keep things simple. Once dubbed "country music's champion of the Everyman" he is best known best known for songs that espouse the core values of the genre: Faith ( That's What I Love About Sunday), good times, ( Redneck Yacht Club) and helping others ( Almost Home ). We get much of the same on "This Ole Boy," his first new music in three years and debut with Black River Entertainment. Disappointingly, the patriotism, religion and love »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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