William Michael Morgan Covers Classic ‘A-11′ on the Grand Ole Opry [Watch]
William Michael Morgan is one of the staunchest traditionalists among the current crop of rising country stars, and he demonstrated those credentials during a Grand Ole Opry appearance recently, wowing the fans with a cover of the country classic, "A-11."
Originally recorded by Buck Owens, the song has also been cut by Johnny Paycheck, Emmylou Harris, and most recently Jamey Johnson and Ronnie Dunn. Morgan brings a classic country twang and a very natural sense of the laid-back feel of the song that can only come from soaking in the classic influences over the course of a lifetime. He looks the part of an old-time country star, too, bringing a sense of class to the proceedings with his boots, faded Wrangler jeans and matching jacket and cowboy hat.
Morgan made his Opry debut in October of 2015, performing his debut single, "I Met a Girl." He was drawn to traditional artists early, and grew up absorbing those sounds, starting his first band as a teenager.
“I just fell in love with that sound, the realness of the lyrics and the way that you can be moved by the melody,” he recalls. “It didn’t matter who it was, you just immediately — within the first three words — you knew who was singing and you knew whether it was going to be a heartbreak song or you were going to be happy. You felt it. It was real.”
Fans can expect more of those stylings when Morgan releases his debut album, Vinyl, on Sept. 30.
“It’s all country, it’s true to the EP,” he states. “Go get the dang thing!”
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