Craig Morgan Celebrates Christmas With A “Bonfire”

Written by SLN Staff Writer
Craig Morgan Celebrates Christmas With A “Bonfire”

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Craig Morgan has released an all new holiday themed version of his current smash, “Bonfire” and there’s a pretty funny story as to how the new version came about…it was recorded in a hotel bathroom!

“This song is getting huge crowd response at all of my shows, and I've played it live A LOT over the past few months,” says Craig. “When you tour like I do, you spend a lot of hours on the bus, and one day I was just playing around with this song and also riffing on some Christmas stuff I was thinking about putting in the show, and then I started messing with the lyrics. Within about ten minutes I had this new version, and everyone got a kick out of the idea…my band, family, even management and the label, so we decided to run with it!”

But running with it was easier said than done, given Craig's busy schedule. The bathroom of room 418 of the Holiday Inn Express in Kennesaw, Georgia became a recording studio. Craig's co-producer Phil O'Donnell and engineer Mitch Malloy packed up some portable recording gear and headed to Kennesaw to meet Morgan in Georgia before a gig.

O'Donnell and Malloy set up their gear and converted Room 418 into a studio, using the bathroom as an isolation booth for vocals. When Craig arrived, they were ready to go and recorded the new version in just under an hour. “Talk about working in crappy conditions,” Craig joked about his make-shift vocal booth.

The next day, O'Donnell and Malloy returned to Nashville, where they finished the holiday track by adding jingle bells (borrowed from Malloy's daughter's toy box), tambourine, some percussion, and even their own vocals for background. Malloy mixed and mastered the song, sent it around for quick approval, and within four days the “Bonfire” Christmas Version was on its way to radio.

The new version of the song was shipped to country radio earlier this month and it will be digitally available for purchase beginning December 21st.

Have you heard the new version yet? Click HERE to visit Craig’s MySpace to take a listen.