Craig Campbell gets personal on Never Regret sophomore release
Never Regret follows Craig Campbell’s five song EP Outta My Head that a news release states “solidifies Campbell’s standing as country music’s hippest neo-traditionalist, a niche he’d already begun to carve out with his critically-acclaimed, self-titled 2011 debut album.” The EP gave fans a first taste of Never Regret, the sophomore album he worked on with producers Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and Matt Rovey (CCMA Album Of The Year Producer). The tracks were penned by Campbell as well as some of Nashville’s other elite songwriters. The lead single ‘Outta My Head’ is currently No. 33 on the Mediabase Country chart, and No. 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Craig Campbell told Billboard he has “high hopes” for Never Regret. “We want the album to be successful,” said the ‘Family Man’ singer. “I believe in the Prayer of Serenity – 'God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that cannot change, and the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.' There's some things that I don't have any control over. I try to not worry about those. All I can do is make my music – write my songs and sing them," he stated.
Campbell added the new album gave him a few chances to grow as a vocalist. "I'm not afraid to sing a sexy song. There's some stuff on the new album that we didn't cover on the first one. We've got ‘Keep Them Kisses Comin’,' which is a very sexy song, and 'Never Regret,' which is about the anticipation of a guy and girl courting each other. She's getting frisky with him, and he tells her ‘Wait a minute. You keep going, and you're gonna make me do something that I'll never regret.’”
The first single from the new album is ‘Outta My Head,’ a tale about a man trying to shake off the memory of a lost love. Campbell admits the song was sent to him by mistake after a cattle call for hit songs. “It was on hold by Scotty McCreery, but we 'sweet-talked' him into letting us have it,” Campbell revealed to Billboard. “We went in, recorded it, and got it out as fast as we could." He went on to say the track ‘That's Why God Made The Front Porch’ brings back memories the singer has of growing up in rural Lyons, Georgia. "It's very calm, very serene," he said about the song co-written with Lee Thomas Miller. "What are some of the things about a front porch that make it so relaxing? A rocking chair, or maybe the wind chimes. I remember how humid it was growing up in south [sic] Georgia, and there's a smell after it rains – we just tried to put all that together."
“This [album] was easier [than the debut] ‘cause I knew what to expect and had a better good idea of what I wanted to do,” Campbell said during an interview on FOX Nashville. He added the new album is full of songs that tell his story and what he believes. “It was key for me to be able to sing these songs with believability and honesty.” Craig Campbell’s ongoing 2013 summer tour dates in support of Never Regret have him performing at fairs, festivals, and indoor venues in more than 25 U.S. cities.
Watch the official music video for ‘Outta My Head’ from Craig Campbell’s sophomore album release Never Regret.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Craig Campbell got his start in music at age 10 by playing piano at his local church until he graduated high school. As a teenager, he formed a band called Out of the Blue that won a couple of local talent contests.
* Campbell moved to Nashville in 2002 and recorded his breakthrough hit, ‘Family Man,’ in 2010. The Top 15 single also was featured on the cable TV series True Blood. He’s also won songwriting awards from SESAC and been nominated by fans for two American County Awards.
* Opening for other top artists over the years has helped Campbell grow as a singer, songwriter, and performer. "Opening up for Alan Jackson, I realized that it's all about the song. He doesn't have all the pyrotechnics, he doesn't run back and forth and high-five his band, he just sings,” Campbell told Billboard.
* Campbell takes pride in being “impeccably well-tailored” on stage and during awards shows and other events. He explains that being a sharp-dressed-man is done as a show of respect for his fans, who he credits with giving him a successful career in country music.
* As attribute to his late father, Craig Campbell is hosting a corn hole tournament in Nashville on June 4 that benefits local charities.