Craig Morgan performs in Bradenton

The country superstar and outdoor TV show host performs at Joyland

February 6, 2014 

See Craig Morgan Saturday at Joyland. PUBLICITY PHOTOS

Craig Morgan has took an unusual route to country music superstardom. He didn't release his first album until he was in his mid-30s. He started out on a major label and moved to an obscure indie label.

It's unusual. But it has worked. Morgan's self-titled first album came out in 2000, and he has now released eight albums, including a greatest hits collection. And he has scored a half-dozen top 10 hits, including his best-known songs "That's What I Love About Sunday" and the rousing "Redneck Yacht Club."

He'll be in Bradenton on Saturday for a concert at Joyland Country Music Night Club.

Besides creating a string of hits that celebrate the country music lifestyle, with slice-of-life songs about fishing, church and tractors, Morgan has hosted two successful outdoors shows on the Outdoor Channel, "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" and "Field & Stream's Total Outdoors Man Challenge."

Opening the show is Chad Warrix. Warrix and David Tolliver used to be a duo called Halfway to Hazard that had a couple of hits a few years back, and Warrix had a minor hit in 2012 with "Rain on the Roof."

Details: 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Joyland Country Music Night Club, 5520 14th St., Bradenton. Tickets: $20 plus service charge in advance, $25 at the door. Information: 8941-6060, www.joylandcountry.com.

--Marty Clear

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