Craig Morgan has a thing for chicken and dumplings, and he combines two of his favorite things — comfort food and country music — with the release of an expanded version of his current album. That’s Why: Collector’s Edition is available only through Cracker Barrel stores, beginning Monday.
The CD has already been upgraded once. He released it in 2008, then added “Bonfire” and “This Ain’t Nothin’” to 2009 editions of the disc. The album also features his hit “Love Remembers.”
The new Cracker Barrel collection totals 13 tracks, including two — “You” and “Evel Knievel” — that are previously unreleased.
“We have eaten in Cracker Barrel for many years, and we still do,” Craig says. “When we’re on the road, it’s one of my favorite places to eat because I know what I’m gonna get. It’s the closest thing to home cookin’ you can find on the road.”
Cracker Barrel’s country store sells plenty of music, and it’s particularly aligned with country. Some of its previous releases have featured Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, George Jones and the Zac Brown Band.
“I see other artists’ records [there], and I’m like, ‘Man, I want a record in Cracker Barrel,’” Craig says. “It only makes sense ’cause I am a country boy. I’m not a redneck, a cowboy, or a hillbilly. I’m a country boy, and country music and Cracker Barrel — one and the same… So now that it’s finally happening, I mean, I’m probably the most excited guy ever to have a Cracker Barrel album.”
The chain is currently running a Craig Morgan Country To The Core Sweepstakes that gives the winner a chance to have lunch with Craig at the Cracker Barrel store in Frederick, Md., and see his show when he plays there Sept. 25. The contest, which runs through Aug. 15, also includes airfare and lodging for the weekend in nearby Washington, D.C.