“I tell people all the time ‘I’m not a redneck, I’m not a hillbilly and I’m not a cowboy. And I don’t pretend to be,” says Craig Morgan in Origins: Craig Morgan premiering Wednesday, November 14, 10:00 p.m./EST on GAC. “What I am is a country boy.”
Morgan is a native Tennessean who’s raised his family on a five acre spread in Dickson, TN., west of Nashville. Those who know him best – his wife, his father, his manager, even his Army commander – help tell Morgan’s story of two successful careers, one as a chart-topping country star and one as a respected military man. In fact, he’s the first to admit that he nearly chose to make the Army his career. “When I was in the Army, I caught myself playing guitar and writing songs. I’d come home on a four-day weekend and go to Nashville and do a writer’s night but I was still in the Army fulltime,” Morgan says. “I had a family so I didn’t want to jump out of the Army and go to something that wasn’t going to happen.”
Fortunately for him, it did happen; he signed a major label record deal while still in the Reserves and since then he’s charted 14 Top 10 hits and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry while continuing to enjoy family life, and hobbies like hunting and riding dirt bikes competitively. “When I’m hunting, it’s the only thing I do in my life where my brain is not running 90 miles an hour.”
Morgan also continues to give back to the military, travelling to Afghanistan and Iraq and spending time with soldiers whenever possible. “They are doing something for people that are making sacrifices most humans cannot comprehend,” he says of his ongoing volunteer work with military outreach.
Viewers will also be treated to acoustic performances of some of Morgan’s biggest hits including “More Trucks Than Cars,” “Love Loves a Long Night,” “Redneck Yacht Club” and “This Ole Boy,” performed at Dickson’s Grand Ole Hatchery, a club where he’d try out his songs long before getting a record deal.