Craig Morgan, Blind Joe to perform
If you go
What: Craig Morgan and Blind Joe in concert
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13
Where: Jamestown Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave NE
Admission: $25 in advance, or $30 day of show
Contact: Jamestown Civic Center box office, 252-4835
Craig Morgan and Blind Joe, two popular country music artists with different styles, will appear in concert Saturday, April 13, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
Morgan said in a telephone interview that this tour is about what the band has done but with a new feel and sound that expresses time and experience.
"We kicked off this tour with a few shows already this year and we're going to do some new material along with most of the hits," Morgan said. "We will debut some material from a new album coming out in June."
The fans know that the band likes to have fun and joke around as much as they like to perform, he said. The members play with a smile on their faces and they want the fans smiling too, he said.
"When people come to (the) show we want them to have a good time so they know they spent their money well," he said.
Morgan's only North Dakota connection is through his sister and husband, who were once stationed at the Minot Air Force Base.
"I know there's great hunting," he said.
Morgan is an avid outdoorsman and has had his own Outdoor Channel show, "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" for eight seasons.
Morgan said he wasn't raised a farmer but was always around it on his grandfather's farm.
"I'm a country singer and I sing about country stuff," Morgan said. "It's easy for me to sing about these things."
Morgan grew up around the Nashville music scene and said writing songs and singing were always part of life. He has performed 215 times at the Grand Ole Opry.
Morgan has released 25 charted hits, including "This Ole Boy," "Almost Home," "Redneck Yacht Club," "That's What I Love About Sunday," "Little Bit of Life," "Wake Up Lovin' You," "International Harvester" and "Bonﬁre."
"This Ain't Nothin'" was based on his conversation where he was literally talking about the character in that song, he said. The song, written by Chris DuBois and Kerry Kurt Phillips, involves a reporter asking an elderly man how he felt after a tornado destroyed his home.
The man responds that a house can be replaced and its destruction does not compare to losing loved ones over time and his personal sacrifice in war.
"It was one of the few songs I didn't write that I recorded," Morgan said. "It's just as true to life as it gets."
"That's what I love about Sunday" is kind of the ideal rural town setting on a Sunday afternoon, but seen through the eyes of the neighborhood kid who's breaking windows, he said.
"International Harvester" is a song that relates to rural and agricultural life. The video for the song shows a combine driver trying to navigate a rural highway as impatient drivers become angry with him.
Blind Joe, the stage name of Joe Bommersbac, a Kindred, N.D., native who also lived in Fargo, and Grand Rapids, Minn., will open for Morgan. The singer-songwriter was born blind and learned to play guitar as a child with the help of his grandfather.
Blind Joe rose to popularity with rowdy style that had him opening for major artists on national tours. He then competed on Season 9 of NBC's "The Voice" in 2015.