Craig Campbell performed a beautiful, stripped-down version of his tune "Outskirts of Heaven" that's sure to give you goosebumps. Campbell plucks on his guitalele, a cross between a guitar and a ukelele, in the acoustic rendition of his song that he co-wrote with Dave Turnbull. It was the first single from the country star's first album from his new label, Red Bow Records.
"Lord when I die, I wanna live on the outskirts of heaven. Where there's dirt roads for miles, hay in the fields and fish in the river," the country singer croons during a recent visit to The Bobby Bones Show."Where there's dogwood trees, and honeybees, and blue skies and green grass forever. Lord when I die, I wanna live on the outskirts of Heaven."
The acoustic guitalele, paired with Campbell's twangy voice and the poignant lyrics, make for a euphoric performance of the spiritual song. Campbell earns a well-deserved round of applause from the Bobby Bones crew at the end of his performance.
"I was laying in bed, thinking about heaven one night," Campbell told Rolling Stone Country of the inspiration for his classic-country single. "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."
This post was originally published on January 20, 2017.