Craig Campbell pays homage to early ’90s country with this Garth Brooks classic YouTube/Grand Ole Opry
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There are a few schools of thought when an artist covers a smash hit by a mega-star. You can make it completely different, you can try to make the arrangement and vocal sound like the original or you can just do your best version of you.

Fortunately, when talented Craig Campbell covered a Garth Brooks smash backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, he chose the latter option, and that’s a good thing because his best version of himself is pretty awesome.

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Accompanying himself on a warm-sounding acoustic guitar, Craig didn’t embellish. He added no vocal bells and whistles, but simply sang the hell out of what we already know is a great song.

It serves as a reminder of what an awesome artist, singer and songwriter Craig Campbell is. And for all of the stone cold country music fans who say that “real country” is a thing of the past, it is obviously alive and well in this artist.

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Craig was one of the early winners in a week of celebrating the best and brightest in country music. During the Nov. 5 SESAC Awards, which celebrate songwriting achievement, Craig received a medallion and plaque for his incredibly stirring hit single, “Outskirts of Heaven.” In September, he completed a fun and successful run on fellow Georgia boy Luke Bryan’s “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour.”

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Very proud of this one!! #outskirtsofheaven @sesacmusic #sesacawards

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Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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