“When dealing with the stresses of life, some of us find ourselves at the bottom of a bottle. Our new single “When the Whiskey Starts Talkin” is about how those short moments of pleasure through the indulgence of alcohol can lead to more problems and stress…” Scott Brown knows a thing or two about stressful situations. The young frontman of country act Scooter Brown is an Iraq war veteran–having completed one tour of combat duty as a U.S. Marine. When faced with the daunting decision to either reenlist or pursue music, Brown chose to trade in his rifle for a guitar and put together a band with some of the best musicians Texas has to offer.
Come out early for $ .75 Tacos, $1.25 Double Decker Tacos and $ .50 Wings!!
$3 Michelob and Shock Top Pints!
Derby Days is the Sigma Chi Fraternity Internationl Philanthropy. It benefits both the Children’s Miracle Network and the Hunstman Cancer Foundation. Derby Days consists of a week’s worth of events for Sororities to participate in. It has proven to be the highlight of the Spring semester for Sigma Chi.
The finale of the 2014 Sigma Chi Derby Days is Nashville Singer-Songwriter, Erik Dylan live in concert at RC McGraw’s.
Tickets available at RC McGraw’s, RB Outpost, Sigma Chi or online at ticketstorm.com.
18+ to enter.
Monday April 21st from 5pm to 9pm Chipotle will donate 50% of their sales to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation on behalf of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Just mention Sigma Chi when ordering.
Brought to you by: Deer Creek Veterinary Hospital, Chipolte, Bill Soft Inc, & Job Match Assessment
As the world population is projected to reach 9 billion by the year 2050, the College of Agriculture is excited to celebrate all the ingenuity, diligence and collaboration it will take to feed everyone by meeting nutritional needs and satisfying consumer preferences. After all… agriculture is what we do!
Join Ag Council and the K-State College of Agriculture in celebrating Ag Fest March 24-28, 2014!
Visit the Ag Fest website for the full list of events and registration info.
Open to the public, this event goes directly to supporting our troops and their families. The event includes table games, silent & live auctions, appetizers, desserts, a cash bar, and a few surprises!
Get your tickets now to support this great event!
Tickets at RB Outpost, Hyvee, or TheWareham.com.
There are certain milestones in an artist’s career that would seem to inspire a moment of reflection. Yet as Craig Morgan put the finishing touches on THIS OLE BOY, an album marking more than ten years since the release of his self-titled debut album back in 2000, the singer/songwriter has a surprising reaction when asked for his thoughts on his decade-long run.Total shock.
“Is that right?’ Morgan asks, leaning back in his chair when told the news. He’s quiet for a moment as he lets his mind wind its way back through over ten years of memories to double check the math. Then his eyes brighten, “I guess it is,” Morgan marvels, “But I tell you, I feel like I just got started. I feel like I’m 25 years old and saying, ‘Wow, I hope I make it in the music business.’”
The statement sums up Craig Morgan in nutshell. By all accounts, Craig Morgan has made it. As an artist, he’s been a mainstay on the charts with an impressive body of work that includes fourteen Top Ten hits — including fan-favorites “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Almost Home,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” and “Tough.” As a performer, he’s entertained countless fans in every corner of the globe. And as a country star, he’s reached what many consider the pinnacle of his profession when on a cool October evening in 2008 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Yet despite not only surviving but thriving for over a decade in a cut-throat industry that is known for chewing up and spitting out talent, Craig Morgan is an artist who is still humble, hopeful, and hungry to continue making his mark in country music. THIS OLE BOY is proof.
“When you go out and buy an album, and I’ve done it myself, you sometimes feel, ‘Well the songs on the radio were great but the rest was just okay,’ admits Morgan. “When they play this record, I want them to say, ‘Man, I like the songs on the radio but I love this other song even better!’ That’s what’s rewarding about an album.”
And there is a lot for Craig Morgan fans to love on this new record. Yes, there are hit songs that are sure to continue his impressive run on the radio charts. But it’s the attention, craft and care he put into the deeper cuts where Morgan reveals just how much he’s grown as an artist.
“No matter what level of an artist you are, you choose songs based on who you are at that time and how you feel,” Morgan says. “I’m at a point in my life where I’m extremely comfortable. Extremely confident. I feel good about my family, my children, my friends, my career. I think the songs that I picked, looking back now, kind of reflect that.”
That feeling of confidence is a long-time coming for this talented man who is surprised as anyone to find music has become his profession. “At first I thought music was going to be a full time hobby,” Morgan confides. “My dad was a bass player in Nashville. I grew up going, ‘the last thing I’m going to do is this.’ And you know, it wasn’t until the Opry membership that I knew it was going to be my full time job.”
Having made the initial choice to steer clear of a career in music, Morgan racked up a working-man’s resume taking on work as an EMT, a contractor, a sheriff’s deputy, and a Wal-Mart assistant dairy manager. Additionally, he is extremely proud of his nearly two decades of service to our U.S. military, including over ten years of active duty serving in the Army’s 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, followed by another nine years in the Reserves serving well into his music career.
Since leaving the military, he’s remained an enthusiastic supporter, travelling into some of the most dangerous places on earth to entertain our troops. “I was one of the first artists to go into Afghanistan,” says Morgan, who received the 2006 USO Merit Award for his tireless support, an honor also awarded to Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Hope. “Right after the invasion, they were still sweeping up glass in Kandahar in the airport. I get to give those men and women a little piece of home. It really does make a difference.”
His diverse life experiences forged an appreciative approach to hard work that would serve him well as a country music artist. “Whether I was working at Wal-Mart or as a police officer, I enjoyed what I did,” says Morgan. “And I could go right back to that today. I’m going to make whatever I’m doing interesting and fun. I’ve always tried to look at this like, ‘It’s a job. And I’m blessed to have it.’”
Morgan might not punch a clock anymore, but he still puts in plenty of overtime. His schedule is packed with live shows, touring with Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins, and consistently sells out headlining dates. He is also a competitive dirt bike racer in the Mid-South Hare Scramble Series and, most importantly, a dedicated family man.
And in 2010, Morgan didn’t just put more on his plate. He added a new meal.
Meet Craig Morgan. TV star.
Debuting in June of 2010 on the Outdoor Channel and now in its second season, “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” is a 30-minute reality show that offers fans a fly on the wall look at Craig’s extreme lifestyle at home, touring and in the great outdoors: hunting, aerial bow fishing, bungee jumping and skydiving. It didn’t take long to find an avid audience. In its first season it quickly became the networks #1 rated Saturday morning hunting show.
“I’ve been hunting and filming (it) for as long as I’ve been a singer…or longer,” says Morgan. “It’s always been a big part of my life. I didn’t pursue that as much because my music has always had my total focus. When this opportunity came about for me to have my own show, I felt like this was another avenue I could explore as an entertainer.”
But the show is about much more than bucks, bows and bungee cords. It’s also given Craig Morgan fans a front row seat for the roller coaster ride that is the music business.
While fans certainly enjoy his Saturday morning television adventures, the reason they fell in love with the man is because of his music. In early 2011, Craig signed with Black River Entertainment and began to record THIS OLE BOY. Once again, Morgan took a hands-on producing role along with long-time co-producer Phil O’Donnell.
In the past when we were looking for great songs, there was no theme. Just find great songs,” says Morgan. “And then once we’re done recording them, we’ll figure out how they work together. This time we took every song that we’ve had that we felt was a hit, even some that weren’t hit singles but we felt were great songs, and we put them all together and listened to it and lived with it for a while. The end result is a bit of a throwback to a time before singles ruled the world. A time when albums were a creative body of work that you could press play on and listen from the first note until the final chord fades away on the last track.”
Morgan continues to prove he’s a writer who is one of the best in the business at painting a picture with a song. “Writing was actually my first love,” says Morgan. “I left the Army to be a songwriter. I knew I could make money writing songs. I didn’t know I could make money being a singer.”
As the ten-year mark offers Morgan a chance to look back on the twists and turns of the winding road he’s travelled to get here, the man can’t help but be overwhelmed by the role fate — and faith — have played to keep him on the right path.
“I’ve always felt that I’ve been very blessed,” says Morgan. “There’s someone much more important than me in charge of this. Because if you look at where I came from and the things that had to happen for me to be here, there is absolutely no way anyone could have planned this.”
Aaron Watson takes the stage at R.C. McGraw’s February 19th for the KSU Rodeo After Party, joined by special guest, the Cody Johnson Band! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.
Get your tickets at Stickels Cleaners, R.C. McGraw’s or by clicking the link above!