November 2012 - Craig Campbell releases new single, "Outta My Head" & chats with Nashville Love about upcoming EP.
“Family Man”, Craig Campbell, just released his new single, “Outta My Head” to country radio. “Outta My Head” was written by Michael Carter, Cole Swindell and Brandon Kinney, and is the lead single from his brand new 5-song EP that’s due out on December 4th. The new EP gives Craig’s fans a taste of what’s to come when he releases his Sophomore album next year. Nashville Love got a chance to chat with Craig about his new EP, filming a new video, and his plans for the coming year.
Nashville Love: What made you decide that you wanted to be in the music industry?
Craig Campbell: I’m just a music man, it’s all I’ve ever known. I found out a long time ago that you can make a living at it. When I realized that, I needed to give it a shot!
Nashville Love: Who are your musical influences?
Craig Cambell: My brother. He’s a good singer himself. He was five years older than me, and he would do these contests at school. My Mama would actually come get me out of school to go watch him sing. I was always impressed and jealous to a certain extent. I was like “I wanna do it! I wanna do that!” As far as people I listened to on the radio, I was a huge Travis Tritt fan, and Shenandoah, Tracy Lawrence, Randy Travis, Mike Reid. All the early 90’s country was the reason I fell in love with country music.
Nashville Love: Is there any artist, country or other genre, that you'd like to collaborate with?
Craig Campbell: In country, I’ve always wanted to do a song with Travis Tritt, just because he’s one of my heroes. I’d like to do a song with Adele. I think that’d be kinda cool.
Nashville Love: You are releasing your EP "Outta My Head" on December 4th to give fans a taste of the new music until your full album comes out next year. Can you give us any details about what to expect on your full album?
Craig Campbell: In comparison to the first record, it was me and Keith Stegall, and it was definitely a great album and something I’ll always be proud of till the end of my time. After putting a few songs out on the radio, and seeing behind the curtain in the radio world, what a few common denominators as to what works and what may or may not work, I needed something that we all agreed would be a definite plus that we didn’t have on the first album. Tempo was one of them. We didn’t have much tempo on the first album. We brought Matt Rovey over from an engineering standpoint to help us co-produce this record. I had some suggestions, and I wanted to beef up the rhythm section and change it a little bit…new drummer, new bass player, and they were cool with that. So, its still me, and my songs and my lyrics, but its got a fresh new edge to it.
Nashville Love: “Outta My Head" is the first song you've released that you didn’t write. What drew you to that song and made you choose it to record?
Craig Campbell: For me, when you first listen to a song, especially that time when we were listening to hundreds of songs trying to get ready to make this new album, you try to listen to every song with a new ear and give every song a shot. Every now and again, a song will jump out and really really stand out. It was one of ‘em. I listened to it, and I listened to it again, and I listened to it again, and I caught myself singing it that day. To me, that’s a sign, one of the signs of a hit song. It was about something I could absolutely relate to. I had been there, done that, been infected by a girl’s memory. I knew if I had been there, then I knew a lot of other people had too. I fell in love with the song.
Nashville Love: Tell us a little bit about the filming of your video for "Outta My Head". How was that acting out a more serious topic?
Craig Campbell: It was a challenge for me, but it was fun. All of my videos have been different. I had never had that kissing another girl, which was a little weird for me, especially with my wife being on set! Mason Dixon is an amazing director. He made it fun and really easy for me and we just had a good time.
Nashville Love: The new EP has a song called “When She Grows Up” that you co-wrote with Alex Dooley and Arlos Smith. It’s a very sweet song about the love for your daughters. Your girls are young, what do they think Daddy does for a living?
Craig Campbell: They know that I sing, but they don’t know that’s actually how I make a living. Obviously they don’t understand the whole paying bills idea. Right now they think I’m Superman. The way they look at me now, that’s how I want ‘em to look at me 30 years from now. The guy they see now is the guy I want ‘em to see when they grow up. So, that’s kinda how that song came out.
Nashville Love: Another song on the EP, “That’s Why God Made A Front Porch” is a very visual song. I can picture all these life events happening on that old wooden porch. You wrote this with Lee Thomas Miller. Does this song remind you of growing up or do you picture your girls’ future playing out in it?
Craig Campbell: We didn’t have a front porch growing up, but my Grandma had one. As far as the stepping over the dog, she had a dog that was super lazy and you’d have to hit the screen door for him to get out of the way, so there’s some truth to that song and then there’s also a little bit of fiction. You try to envision a guy bringing a girl home from a date, being on the porch and him finally getting the nerve up to ask her to marry him. So, that’s some of the reasons why God made a front porch.
Nashville Love: You have been part of some pretty awesome tours this year, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, and fellow Georgian Luke Bryan. How was it touring with these guys?
Craig Campbell: Well, there’s a couple guys I haven’t necessarily been on tour with, I’ve only done a few shows with like Blake. Blake’s a pro. You can go to his shows and just enjoy it. He sings good songs, and does well with the crowd. Keith Urban is a different experience. For me, as a piano player, Keith is not only a great singer, but from a musician’s point of view, he is just an amazing player. Luke Bryan, he has a lot of charisma. You definitely don’t leave Luke Bryan’s show without a smile on your face and having had a good time.
Nashville Love: Before you go out to play a show, do you have any pre-show rituals?
Craig Campbell: Well, I usually turn on my iPod on the bus, and we listen to some Merle Haggard…more specifically a song he has called “Footlights.” We turn it on to try and get inspired to make good music.
Nashville Love: With your EP coming out in a few weeks, do you have any plans for the remainder of 2012, or are you going to kick back and take it easy?
Craig Campbell: Normally, I’m all over the place during this time of the year, but this year we’re gonna be at home and I’m gonna spend Christmas at my house with my little girls. This will be the first time we’ve ever done this, so I’m looking forward to that.
Nashville Love: What can we expect from Craig Campbell in the next few years?
Craig Campbell: Right now, I’m just focused on staying in the game and a lot has to do with this current song. We definitely need this thing to be a big ole hit! More in the near future, my focus right now is making “Outta My Head” a big song for my career, which will allow me to continue to do what I do.
Nashville Love: Any chance we might get a chance to hear you and your wife, Mindy, doing a duet in the future?
Craig Campbell: There’s always that chance. One of my dreams is to make music with her, so one day for sure.
Craig's single, "Outta My Head" is available NOW at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/outta-my-head-single/id562795771.