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.