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Craig Campell Brought Some Down Home Excitement To Gilley's In Vegas

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

There is always something going on in the crazy city of Las Vegas. But when the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) makes their way in, it's all or nothing. For two weeks the city is full of so much to see and do. One of the highlights for so many are the country artists that are lined up to perform. So to say I was excited when I found out Craig Campbell was coming to the famous Gilley's Saloon & Dance Hall there was no way I was missing this.

I will tell you this, it was not an easy task since he did not go on till 10pm, but so worth it all. Craig Campbell has never taken a backseat to anything. He's certainly never taken a backseat in his career as one of Country's brightest stars. He is humbled by his success, great with fans and an avid family man.

His presence once he hit the stage to the anxious crowd for this Friday night performance was electric especially when he started singing one of his hits, "All My Friends Drink Beer" which was so fitting. He had the crowd with him for the rest of the night. He continued with "Otta My Head", "Things You Do In A Truck", "Family Man", "Mas Tequila" and more.

Craig's piano set started with the band intros, who happen to be off the hook good. He went on to sing a Joe Diffie classic, "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die), and "Tulsa Time" from the legend Don Williams. One that is always a crowd participation favorite, he got them going with "Sweet Caroline" which is one of Neil Diamonds biggest hits shared by many. Craig added "What I Thank When I Drink", off his recent 'Lost Files: Exhibit B' album released this year.

He went on to round things up with a great one from another Legend, Merle Haggard, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink along with a medley of hits from the 90's. Bringin the night to a close with "Roll On" also from the 'Lost Files', a fan favorite, "Outskirts of Heaven and two of my favorites, "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" and "Fish".

I, along with the crowd, did not want the night to end and for good reason. Criag was just the ticket Gilley's needed for the start of NFR Grabbing a few minutes with him before the show you could see how pumped up he was. We chatted about his business endeavor he opened called "Grindstone Cowboy" which features coffee's and some good eats. Craig said, "I am lovin' it, it has been fun and we are expanding. It offers so much to folks and we are glad to be able to continue to bring it to them."

So you do not miss catching up with Craig go to: and if ever out near Eagleville, TN stop by the

Also a big thanks and great appreciation for Craig Campell (no relation) and Maddy with Craig Campbell Entertainment, your kindness and help added to a wonderful fun time. And thanks to Heather R. for the picture.


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