4Runner is returning to the music scene after nearly two decades with new album Back Runnin’ via BFD/Audium Nashville on March 31.
After some success in the ’90s fueled by harmony-laden hits such as “Cain’s Blood,” 4Runner’s momentum came to a halt when their label shuttered. Lead vocalist Craig Morris and bandmates Billy Crittenden, Lee Hilliard and Jim Chapman each transitioned to other careers, but always kept in touch.
Now, the group is launching a new chapter with Back Runnin,’ an 11-song project featuring founding members Hilliard, Chapman and Morris as well as Morris’ son Sam. The album’s lead single, “Ragged Angel,” was initially released in 2004, but has since been reimagined, serving as the cornerstone of the collection steeped in the band’s signature harmonies.
On the album, the group delivers updated versions of fan favorites including “Cain’s Blood” and “House at the End of the Road” as well as new songs that resonate with life experience such as the gospel-flavored “Gritted Teeth,” written by Morris as a tribute to his late mother’s strength and resiliency.
“I never expected to have another go at it, not that I didn’t want to, it’s just that I never expected to, so this comes as a bit of a surprise to all of us,” Morris admits. “It’s a dream come true. It’s like a dream you didn’t know you had, but when it starts happening you’re going, ‘Man, this IS a dream come true because I’m singing with guys I already love.'”
Back Runnin’ Track Listing:
1. “Ragged Angel”
2. “Forrest County Line”
3. “Love Survivors”
4. “No One in the World (Till You)”
5. “House at the End of the Road”
7. “Getaway Car”
8. “Tidal Wave”
9. “Gritted Teeth”
10. “You Come to My Senses”
11. “Cain’s Blood”