Craig Campbell positioned himself in the perfect spot for the latest performance in his “Woman Cover Wednesday” video series, setting up in the Women of Country dressing room backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.
With classic black-and-white portraits of legends Jean Shepard, Tammy Wynette and Jeannie Seely behind him, Campbell delivered an emotional, shortened version of superstar Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me,” accompanying himself on the keyboard.
Since the video series began, Campbell’s cover versions have included Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs,” “I Told You So,” from Opry member Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”
Campbell is working on material for a new album, his first for the Red Bow label, and has released his latest single, “Outskirts of Heaven,” an overtly spiritual ballad co-written by the singer with Dave Turnbull. The tune was inspired by the Georgia native’s mediations on the afterlife.
“I was laying in bed, thinking about heaven one night,” Campbell tells Rolling Stone Country. “What I have been taught about heaven is all pearly gates and golden streets — very big-city. 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.”
Campbell is on tour throughout the summer with upcoming shows in Tennessee, Ohio and Arizona.