Craig Campbell Preps Month-Long Outing With Luke Bryan

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• July 26, 2017

Craig Campbell

Red Bow Records’ Craig Campbell showcased a rockin’ half-hour set, perfectly tuned for Luke Bryan audiences, exclusively for industry insiders at S.I.R.’s Nashville rehearsal hall on Thursday night (July 25).

The preparations are being made for Campbell’s 13-date appearance on Bryan’s Huntin’ Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day Tour, which begin during a three-night run in Gilford, New Hampshire, beginning Aug. 8.

Rob Baker of Longshot Management introduced the star to the rehearsal hall stage after mingling amongst the crowd.

“These guys have been working their tail off to make a hell of a show,” cheered Baker. “I can’t wait for the 13 lucky dates to hear what we already know, that Craig Campbell is one of the best damn singers in this city!”

The set list launched with a unreleased tracks that at least have a good chance of making the cut for Campbell’s forthcoming debut with the label group, if he’s playing them live.  New songs include a rambunctious party anthem “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” medium tempo backroads love song “Talk Country To Me” and his debut, lead single with the label group “Outskirts of Heaven,” which calmed the set just momentarily.

With seven singles released to date, Campbell plans to also treat audiences to some Bigger Picture Music Group hits, including his 2012 Top 15 “Outta My Head,” the 2013 crowd pleaser “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” and the heavily suggestive 2011 release “Fish,” which was blended with a sample of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ In The Dark.”

“August 8 through September 9 is going to be the best leg of [Luke Bryan’s Huntin’ Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day] Tour because I’m on it,” Campbell egged at the conclusion of his performance. “Thank you all so much for showing up and hanging out.”

Although Campbell is only featured from August to September, Bryan’s tour extends through the end of October—interspersed with shows for Bryan’s signature Farm Tour before heading to Mexico in 2018 for the annual Crash My Playa event.

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