Craig Morgan And Jelly Roll Perform “Almost Home” On Opry Stage
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Craig Morgan and Jelly Roll perform their new duet “Almost Home” on the Grand Ole Opry Stage for The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Craig Morgan released his new EP Enlisted on Friday, November 10. It is a six song project, where he re-recorded some of his hits with a few of his friends. The track listing is as follows:
1. “Raise The Bar” featuring Luke Combs
2. “Almost Home” featuring Jelly Roll
3. “Redneck Yacht Club” featuring Blake Shelton
4. “That’s What I Love About Sunday” featuring Gary LeVox
5. “International Harvester” featuring Lainey Wilson
6. “That Ain’t Gonna Be Me” featuring Trace Adkins
Craig Morgan re-enlisted in the US Army Reserves
The album announcement came a little over a month after Morgan re-enlisted in the US Army Reserves live on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
“I’m excited to once again serve my country and be all I can be in hopes of encouraging others to be a part of something greater than ourselves. Thank you to the Opry, the US Army Recruiting Command and everyone who helped make last Saturday night so special,” he wrote on social media on August 4th.
A teenage Craig Morgan enlisted in the US Army for nine-and-a-half years and remained a member of the reserves for the next six years. He always has been open and proud of his military service.
In 2002, he released a song titled “Almost Home” in November 2002 as the second single off his album I Love It. It peaked at number six on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, but because of its meaningful lyrics, it’s become a fan-favorite over the years. It’s no surprise that Morgan chose to re-record it for Enlisted.
Jelly Roll’s connection to Morgan’s song “Almost Home” is incredibly moving.
“Almost Home” helped Jelly Roll while he was in prison.
Jelly Roll has been quite open about his poor decisions when he was younger that led him to being incarcerated for several years. He even missed the birth of his eldest child due to being in prison. At his Grand Ole Opry debut, he revealed that her being born was a huge motivator in him wanting to change his ways and be a good dad to her. He also revealed that the song “Almost Home” got him through the dark days. Jelly Roll told a story about when he was first released, he was able to see Craig Morgan perform live at the Grand Ole Opry.
“Shortly after I got out of jail, I did, I sat right there in row seven and I cried like a baby and watched him sing,” he said. “I remember thinking, I wanna make people feel the way he makes me feel right now.”
The next time Morgan played the Grand Ole Opry, he invited Jelly Roll to sing “Almost Home” with him, and afterwards, gifted him a signed copy of the lyrics.
The performance was so well received that Morgan asked him to be on the new album as well! The unlikely duo performed the song on The Kelly Clarkson Show on album release day – Nov. 10! While they didn’t perform it live on Clarkson’s stage, they did go back to a very fitting location, the Grand Ole Opry, to record it.
It is now one of our favorite duets! Watch it below, and make sure your buy the album Enlisted here.