This Ole Boy

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This Ole Boy
This Ole Boy (Craig Morgan album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)
LabelBlack River
ProducerCraig Morgan
Phil O'Donnell
Craig Morgan chronology
That's Why

This Ole Boy
The Journey (Livin' Hits)
Singles from This Ole Boy
  1. "This Ole Boy"
    Released: July 18, 2011
  2. "Corn Star"
    Released: June 18, 2012
  3. "More Trucks Than Cars"
    Released: August 27, 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Country Weekly3.5/5 stars[2]
Roughstock3.5/5 stars[3]

This Ole Boy is the sixth studio album by American country music singer Craig Morgan. It was released on Black River Entertainment on February 28, 2012.


This Ole Boy is Morgan's first release for the independent Black River Entertainment. He told Billboard that he "felt like they had more going on, and more potential as an independent than anybody out there", and compared the label to Broken Bow Records, for which he recorded from 2002 to 2007.

The first single from the album is its title track, written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, also known as the Peach Pickers. The song was previously recorded by Joe Nichols on his 2011 album It's All Good.[4] Morgan co-wrote seven songs on the album and co-produced it with Phil O'Donnell.[5] Morgan co-wrote with Shane Minor and Jeffrey Steele, two of the writers of his 2007 single "International Harvester", on "Corn Star",[6] which was released as the album's second single, and ultimately peaked after five weeks at #50 on the country chart. The album's third single, "More Trucks Than Cars", debuted at #56 on the country chart for the week of September 15, 2012.

The album's release was preceded on November 1, 2011 by a digital-exclusive extended play also titled This Ole Boy, which comprises the title track, "The World Needs a Kitchen", "Fish Weren't Bitin'", "Show Me Your Tattoo" and "Better Stories".[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Giving it three-and-a-half stars out of five, Country Weekly reviewer Jessica Nicholson said that his "standard good-ole-boy fare[…]finds Craig at his most confident and comfortable."[2] An identical rating came from Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, who said that "Craig Morgan has certainly returned with a strong album worthy of becoming a collection of big hits."[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."This Ole Boy"Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip4:23
2."More Trucks Than Cars"Craig Morgan, Phil O'Donnell, Craig Wiseman3:32
3."The Whole World Needs a Kitchen"Morgan, O'Donnell, Shane Minor3:31
4."Country Boys Like Me"Monty Criswell, Tim Mensy3:28
5."Show Me Your Tattoo"Ben Daniel, Skip Black2:52
6."Love Loves a Long Night"Morgan, O'Donnell, Phillip Lammonds3:27
7."Being Alive and Livin'"Morgan, Chris Wallin3:19
8."Fish Weren't Bitin'"Jimmy Yeary, Marty Dodson3:10
9."Better Stories"Criswell, Michael White, Lee Thomas Miller3:14
10."I Didn't Drink"Morgan, O'Donnell, Kyle Jacobs3:25
11."Corn Star"Minor, Jeffrey Steele3:21
12."Summer Moon"Morgan, Wallin3:40


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2012) Peak
US Billboard Top Country Albums[8] 5
US Billboard 200[8] 41
US Billboard Independent Albums[8] 3


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US
2011 "This Ole Boy" 13 87
2012 "Corn Star" 50
"More Trucks Than Cars" 38 27
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ poet, j. "This Ole Boy review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Nicholson, Jessica (March 5, 2012). "Reviews". Country Weekly. 19 (10): 56. ISSN 1074-3235.
  3. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (February 28, 2012). "This Ole Boy review". Roughstock. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (November 28, 2011). "New music". Country Weekly. 18 (48): 56.
  5. ^ Jacobs, Allen (February 25, 2012). "Craig Morgan "This Ole Boy" Tracklist & Cover Art Revealed". Roughstock. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  6. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (February 7, 2012). "Craig Morgan: High Hopes for 'This Ole Boy'". Billboard. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Craig Morgan announces EP coming". Country Standard Time. October 18, 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "Chart listing for This Ole Boy". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2012.