Country singer Craig Morgan is headed Friday to the Historic Everett Theatre, a stop on his current American Stories tour.
It won’t be the sort of concert most fans are used to. Yes, they’ll hear some of Morgan’s favorite songs, and they can expect to see him perform his newest compositions, along with some covers of songs by the likes of Justin Timberlake and others.
However, the purpose of his tour is to share stories about Americans who serve in the military and to raise money for Operation Finally Home, which provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen. In recognition of his efforts with veterans’ causes, Morgan was named the 2017 ambassador for Operation Finally Home.
An Army veteran himself, Morgan said in a press release that it is important to show support for people in the armed forces. “I know how much a little slice of home means to those guys. We have been overseas entertaining the troops 13 times now and try to get involved wherever we can here in the states, too, including work with Folds of Honor and USO.”
With a string of hits — “Bonfire,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “Wake Up Lovin’ You” — Morgan said he especially enjoys singing the songs that pay homage to the troops, like the song “What Matters Most.”
He hopes to have good attendance at his Everett concert from local Navy sailors and veterans.
“I am bringing Mac Powell with me, and it will be a great time,” Morgan said. “Really looking forward to performing ‘Hearts I Leave Behind’ with him, since he sang on that one for my new album.”
The new album — “A Whole Lot More To Me” — is more of an autobiographical album than some of his others, Morgan said. “It shows all sides of me. I do like to have a good time and turn it up a notch on the farm, but I also like a caramel macchiato once in a while or to wear a nice suit and drink a great glass of wine. Hence, the album title.”
Morgan received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. “The Opry is an amazing institution. I have played there over 200 times, and every time I play it’s such an honor to stand in that circle,” he said.
With all of his success, including his Outdoor channel TV show “All Access Outdoors,” what keeps Morgan grounded is his family, he said. “My wife and kids are my rock and the reason I work so hard.”
The 12-city tour wraps up on Veterans Day in Nashville, where Morgan lives.
8 p.m. Oct. 13, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets range from $50 to $65. Call 425-258-6766 or go to www.etix.com.