Craig Morgan, "This Ole Boy" (Black River)
At a time when country music's pop leanings have fans questioning the genre's elasticity, Craig Morgan leaves no doubt about what he sings. For 12 years, Morgan has filled albums with imagery of the rural south, with hits such as "Redneck Yacht Club" and "That's What I Love About Sunday," helping set a predominant country music trend toward upbeat songs about family, home, pickup trucks, and old-fashioned values.
As the title "This Ole Boy" suggests, Morgan's latest album keeps his working boots planted in farmland soil. The title song, a current country radio hit, establishes Morgan's point-of-view: He's a regular guy who couldn't be happier about the life he leads.