Earlier this spring, Craig Campbell released one of the year’s most faithfully country songs, the inspirational “Outskirts of Heaven.” A slice of Nineties country mixed with gospel, the ballad reinforces the notion that the Georgia singer is one of the most underrated vocalists in the game. He does his best to further that idea in the latest installment of his Woman Cover Wednesday, a semi-regular video series in which Campbell interprets songs made famous by artists from Maren Morris to Miranda Lambert.
In today’s episode, he gamely tackles Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” with mostly successful results. To be sure, it’s a tough sell, but Campbell owns it, adapting the vocal runs for his own Southern twang. Adele isn’t the only non-country artist he’s covered as part of his series either. In July, he reinvented Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.”
Campbell is currently on the road promoting “Outskirts of Heaven,” a song he says came to him while in bed. “What I have been taught about heaven is all pearly gates and golden streets – very big-city,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. “And it hit me that that is the absolute opposite of where I grew up. So I had this idea to write a song about how, maybe, when I get to heaven I want to live in the outskirts, and how I can write this song as a request to the good lord. Maybe he’ll set aside me a few acres on the outside of town for me.”