2018-08-23 / Living

Craig Campbell headlines Thursday night

By Ben Gagnon
810-452-2661 *bgagnon@mihomepaper.com


Country artist Craig Campbell will perform Thursday night at the Genesee County Fair. Photo by Kelly Marie Photography Country artist Craig Campbell will perform Thursday night at the Genesee County Fair. Photo by Kelly Marie Photography MOUNT MORRIS — Country music star Craig Campbell will headline tonight’s grandstand show at the Genesee County Fair, taking to the stage at 7 p.m. with special guests Tweed and Dixie.

Best known for his new-school take on classic country, Campbell promises to deliver an up-tempo show for concert-goers, showcasing a blend of original material and hit country covers.

“I’ll be performing to get people fired up,” he said. “It will be high energy and a good time for fans.”

Fresh off the release of his new seven song EP, Campbell will be performing some of his newest hits, including twangy bar stool anthem “See You Try” and his critically acclaimed ballad “Outskirts of Heaven.” The EP, also named “See You Try,” is Campbell’s first multi-song release in five years—a gap that he said was “well worth the wait.”

“The new record is a more mature version of my first album,” Campbell said. “It shows how much I’ve grown over the years and explored different subject matters.”

Campbell described his brand of country music as neo-traditional, linking 90’s style lyrics and vocals with modern production. His overall style has been widely compared to country music legends such as Clint Black and Alan Jackson—both of whom Campbell said are among his biggest musical influences.

Campbell emerged onto the country music scene in 2011 with his first self-titled album, which featured his breakout hit “Family Man” and fan-favorite “Fish.” He also earned his first U.S Billboard Top 10 with “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” from his 2013 album “Never Regret.”

In addition to receiving critical acclaim, Campbell has headlined shows in some of country music’s greatest venues, such as the Grand Ole Opry. He’s also shared the stage with the likes of The Band Perry, Randy Houser and Justin Moore.

Prior to landing his first record deal, Campbell played keyboards for country superstar Luke Bryan. In 2017, Bryan invited Campbell to join him on his Huntin’, Fishin’, And Loving Everyday Tour.

“I’ve known Luke for a long time, even before he got his first record deal,” Campbell said. “It was a dream come true to open shows for him.”

Apart from performing, Campbell serves as a national spokesperson for Fight CRC, which draws awareness to colorectal cancer. To date, he raised over $450,000 for the organization and colorectal cancer research.

Regarding tonight’s concert, Campbell said he looks forward to performing in Michigan, where he’s made several successful stops in the past.

“Every time we come to Michigan, we have a great time,” he said. “The state has great country music fans.”

More info on Craig Campbell’s touring schedule and bio can be found on his website www.craigcampbell.tv. You can also follow him on a variety of social media platforms.

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