December 5th - Craig Campbell
Growing up in rural Lyons, Georgia, singer/songwriter Craig Campbell learned one important lesson from the ZZ Top records his mother favored: "Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man."
That's one reason Campbell is always impeccably well tailored on stage, and at industry awards shows and events. But he says there's an even more important reason: respect. For Campbell, caring enough to wear a pressed, button-down shirt and black cowboy hat when he performs is a show of respect for his fans, for the successful career he considers himself blessed to have, and most of all for the country music genre itself.
That respect is amply evident on Campbell's album, Never Regret, a twelve song set that solidifies Campbell's standing as country music's hippest neo-traditionalist, a niche he'd already begun to carve out with his critically-acclaimed, self-titled 2011 debut album, which includes tracks penned by Campbell as well as some of Nashville's other elite songwriters.
His single "Family Man" was a Top 15 hit and featured in HBO's "True Blood," while "Fish" has sold close to 400,000 downloads. Capping off 2012, Campbell's label president surprised him with a plaque commemorating four consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads.
It's just a matter of respect.
(Paraphrased from the CRAIG CAMPBELL OFFICIAL WEBSITE).