Author: Leon Blair
There comes a time in every artists musical career where they begin to realize that they want to record music THEY want to record rather than what their label wants. This is mostly a result of artists eventually being cast aside by radio as has beens or "old geezers". It's often got nothing to do with talent, just an unfortunate cycle that has existed in country music, hell, every genre of music since the beginning.
It's usually a slow turn as well. Most artists go from scoring consistent hits to realizing those hits have been coming in less and less. That usually transpires into that said artist releasing a song that not only panders to radio but is also embarrassing for that artist's legacy. For some artists, it could stop right there, but for some artists there's a chance at redemption.
Craig Morgan is an artist that fits the above description pretty well. Morgan has been around in country music for more than fifteen years now (he debuted in 2000 with his self-titled album). While he’s never been the biggest hit-maker, he’s made some pretty consistent appearances on the charts, bring attention to himself due to his more neo-traditional leanings. Of course, the tides of mainstream country music are always changing as labels look for the next trend, and in 2012 Craig Morgan decided to release a song called “Corn Star” which well……oh look at the title. Do I really have to explain this one? Anyway, the song bombed on the charts and obviously made Craig realize that trendy game wasn’t a game he could play anymore.