This Ole Boy (song)

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"This Ole Boy"
This Ole Boy (Craig Morgan single - cover art).jpg
Single by Craig Morgan
from the album This Ole Boy
Released July 18, 2011 (2011-07-18)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 4:23
Label Black River
Writer(s) Rhett Akins
Dallas Davidson
Ben Hayslip
Producer(s) Craig Morgan
Phil O'Donnell
Craig Morgan singles chronology
"Still a Little Chicken Left on That Bone"
"This Ole Boy"
"Corn Star"

"This Ole Boy" is a song written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. Originally recorded by Joe Nichols for his 2011 album It's All Good,[1] it was also recorded by Craig Morgan. His version of the song was released in July 2011 as the first single and title track from his album This Ole Boy, released by Black River Entertainment in early 2012.


Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, collectively known as The Peach Pickers, wrote the song. According to Hayslip, Davidson "had the groove going", and all three drew from personal experiences: "It’s just a fun song about growing up like we did. We got those butterflies from that girl … you drove her around … you did go to the river … you did start thinking about wanting to marry her." While on the road with Morgan, Akins heard him singing the song while preparing coffee on the bus, and decided that the song was "meant for" him.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Bobby Peacock of Roughstock gave it four stars out of five, saying that "it's a move back away from the strident sound he's been forging lately" and "It's not a very original idea, but it's very well-executed".[3] A less favorable review came from Billy Dukes of Taste of Country, who said "the whole song is sweet and unoffensive, but it’s too familiar for a man who’s beginning a new chapter of his career".[4]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video features Morgan performing the song on a fishing dock, with actress Angie Harmon portraying his love interest. It was filmed in Arrington, Tennessee.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011-2012) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 87
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 55


  1. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (November 28, 2011). "New music". Country Weekly. 18 (48): 56. 
  2. ^ Conaway, Alanna (2 July 2011). "Craig Morgan, 'This Ole Boy' – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Peacock, Bobby (5 July 2011). "Craig Morgan — 'This Ole Boy' review". Roughstock. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (23 June 2011). "Craig Morgan, 'This Ole Boy' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Dukes, Billy (12 January 2012). "Craig Morgan Cuddles With Actress Angie Harmon in New 'This Ole Boy' Video". Taste of Country. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Craig Morgan – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Craig Morgan.
  7. ^ "Craig Morgan – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Craig Morgan.
  8. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 

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