Q&A with Craig Morgan, headliner for Country for Cancer on Oct. 7
Sep 23, 2016
When a person is fighting cancer, their most important job is getting well. That's where the Angels Cancer Care Program comes in: To help cancer patients with a myriad of non-medical needs so patients can focus on their treatments.
The Angels serve hundreds of cancer patients every year, in addition to relieving the tremendous burden experienced by caregivers. Since 1998, they have existed through the generosity of volunteers and donations. This program has a rich history of addressing the varied concerns of cancer patients, which include offering emotional support, financial assistance, transportation and medication retrieval.
The Angels are cancer survivors, friends, family members and neighbors who provide this array of services to cancer patients and their caregivers so patients can focus on getting better.
Country for Cancer is the group's largest fundraiser of the year, and they depend on the community's generosity to provide the help they give.
This year's headliner is Craig Morgan, a country artist, TV host and military veteran. His hits include "That’s What I Love About Sunday," "International Harvester," "Bonfire," "This Ole Boy" and "Wake Up Lovin' You.”
Local favorite Whiskey Rebellion will open.
Morgan has a personal connection to cancer. He lost his bother, Betty Sue Crockett, to the disease in 2010.
"Country for Cancer is a unique show given the personal connection and the support it provides those undergoing treatment," he said through a publicist.
He provided this interview about the concert and his new album.
Your new album A Whole Lot More To Me seems to be very personal to you. How is this album different from the previous 8 you have released?
This album is very personal to me. It is more of an autobiographical album and shows all sides of me: I do like to have a good time and turn it up a notch on the farm, but I also like a caramel macchiato once in a while or to wear a nice suit and drink a great glass of wine… hence the album title A Whole Lot More To Me.
By the looks of your schedule, you practically live on the road. What are some things that make you feel at home no matter where you travel?
Traveling all the time can be tough, but no matter where we go I like to unwind at the end of the day with a glass of red wine, catch up on the latest world news and check out the cameras on my food plots at home. My bus is sort of home away from home, but I’m constantly connected to my family as much as possible which helps.
With a string of hits like “This Ole Boy,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Wake Up Lovin’ You” and more, what is your favorite song to perform on stage?
I do love singing all of the hits and hearing the crowds sing the words back, but my favorites are probably the ones paying homage to the troops like “What Matters Most.”
After 17 years serving our country, everyone knows that supporting military veterans is very important to you- how do you work this in to your busy schedule?
It is very important to me to show my support to our armed service members. I was active duty for over 10 years so I know how much a little slice of home means to those guys. We have been overseas entertaining the troops 13 times now and try to get involved wherever we can here in the states too, including work with Folds of Honor and USO.
How does it feel to be a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry?
The Opry is an amazing institution. I have played there over 200 times and have been a member since 2008… every time I play it’s such an honor to stand in that circle!
Filming your TV show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” has taken you all over the world and you even won a Golden Moose Award for Best Comedy at 2015’s awards ceremony. What is one of your favorite memories/experiences from the show?
We took part in the 200-mile Polar dog sled race in Sweden and got to witness the northern lights. Such amazing scenery and subzero temperatures… that was pretty awesome!
What keeps you grounded?
My family definitely keeps me grounded. My wife and kids are my rock and the reason I work so hard.
Are there some surprises in your set that fans will be excited to hear? Any new covers that get the crowd going?
I like to add in some covers that people won’t expect- we used to cover a song by Justin Timberlake. My kids were playing it in the car and I just loved it, not even knowing who sung it at first. We like to mix it up and have fun on stage.