Craig Morgan Nearly Hung It Up Before 'This Ole Boy'
Craig Morgan Nearly Hung It Up Before 'This Ole Boy'

Country Star Talks 'Finicky Business,' New Label & Small Screen Success on 'All Access Outdoors'

It's been a great year for Craig Morgan, and we're only halfway through it. The country star hit the top 15 on the Country Songs chart with "This Ole Boy," and to say his new label family -- Black River Entertainment -- has rejuvenated him would be an understatement. The singer told Billboard that he had thought about hanging things up after parting ways with his prior label.

"It's a finicky business, and once everything happened at Sony, I wasn't sure if I wanted to fool with it anymore," he said. "My house is paid for, I'm living a good life, and I've got the TV show that is doing really well."

Morgan said after meeting with many labels, he felt a strong connection with Black River. "It gave me a renewed sense of energy," he said of signing with them. "I'm having more fun now than I've ever had in this business. I think that is brought forward in this album. I think it's the best album I've ever made."

The album -- also titled "This Ole Boy" -- peaked at No. 5 on the Country Albums chart.

"It's really tough to get a record played sometimes, and it's even tougher on a new label. It was tough for me because I hadn't had a single out in a couple of years. We went out there and proved that we still had some valid music," he said with a smile.

The singer will kick off his third season as host of the Outdoor Channel's "All Access Outdoors" on July 3. He says that he feels blessed to be able to enjoy two separate careers.

"I was doing things outdoors long before I was singing. I tell people all the time that I have two full-time jobs that most people would give their left arm to have either one of. I've never taken one second of it for granted. As long as I'm allowed to do it, I'm going to keep doing it. Music may be my first love, but it's brought forward some other opportunities. I've been doing some acting lately," he says, citing an upcoming appearance on TNT's "Rizzoli and Isles." "Anything I can do to bring positive attention to the music, I'm going to do it."

Another project he is looking forward to is the 6th Annual Charity Weekend, held in August in Dickson, Tenn. The weekend will include an off-road trail ride, an acoustic concert -- with Darryl Worley already confirmed, and a sporting clay shoot. It's a weekend that is close to Morgan's heart "Every bit of this is to raise money for Billy's Place, a home that we want to build for children who have been displaced from their families for whatever reason," he said.

Morgan is on the road promoting his new single, the fan favorite "Corn Star."