Some might describe Craig Campbell as fame without a name — country music fans know his songs but his name isn’t quite household, yet.
That’s been his Achilles heel, he said.
“I can’t tell you how many people come to shows saying ‘Oh my God, I had no idea you sang that song; it’s one of my favorite songs ever!’” Campbell said.
The Georgia-native country singer, songwriter is coming to Savannah’s Victory North to perform a live, acoustic set at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 of his hit songs like “Family Man,” “Outskirts of Heaven,” and “Keep Them Kisses Coming,” as well as his new music.
“These acoustic shows are a lot of fun,” Campbell said.
Campbell’s highly anticipated single, “It’s About Time”, marks Campbell’s first independent release since parting ways with his former label, Broken Bow Records.
Hailing from Lyons, Campbell is looking forward to returning to his home state for the show.
“I’m from Georgia, so all of my songs are Georgia songs,” Campbell said. “It just so happens this is going to work out just right.”
His music video to his latest song “Never Mine,” which he filmed on Fort Myers Beach in Florida was just released and was premiered by People magazine.
“Never Mine” was written by Campbell with Jim McCormick and Jacob Rice, and the emotional song is his first to receive a full radio promotion campaign in over three years, People wrote. The song had an incredible start in June as the third most-added single on country radio.
For Campbell, there was no plan B to playing country music.
“It was music or nothing else,” Campbell said. “This is it; I’m going to find a way to do it no matter what my circumstances are.”
That passion is what lead the country singer to continue to find ways to bring live music to his fans during the pandemic.
“People were ready to go and ready to listen to music, but there were no venues,” Campbell said. “We just basically said ‘Hey, throw a party in your backyard, sell tickets and we’ll come to you!’”
Campbell began the Craig Campbell Candid Tour where he took requests to play in backyards, living rooms, front porches, “you name it, I’m there,” he posted.
“I released four new songs in 2020 and still haven’t played them live for y’all - let’s change that,” Campbell said.
He said that tour brought him to places he’d never played before and was a great way to release his new music among groups of people who were able to host those gatherings.
“I think it’s a lot of fun,” Campbell said. “We’ve done several and it’s been great so far.”
The aspect of performing live has returned full swing, nearly, and Campbell said performing these big, live shows has been something he has truly missed.
“I’ve got to be honest; I took it for granted for a while,” Campbell said. “I didn’t realize how precious that was and how easily it could be taken away from us.”
He looks forward to the stops on his tour.
“We are very excited to be getting back to work and having shows to play and singing to people face-to-face and seeing their teeth,” Campbell said. “Never thought you could be excited to see somebody’s teeth after you don’t see them for a whole year.”
His tour started in Ohio July 17 and moves to the southeast through August, when you can catch him at Savannah’s premier venue for live music. Jordan Rager, American country singer from Loganville and Savannah-native country duo Lyn Avenue will open the show.
“I’m glad people are showing up and just ready to have a good time,” Campbell said.
Tickets for Craig Campbell Acoustic at Victory North Savannah at 2603 Whitaker St., are on sale at craigcampbell.tv/tour and victorynorthsavannah.com/concerts. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m.