This Mississippi native is best known for his hit "I Met A Girl," and he's just about to jump on tour with Justin Moore and Lee Brice. We caught up with William Michael Morgan—complete with black cowboy hat and bolo tie—on the CMA Awards' red carpet (his first!) to chat about his new album Vinyl, what's next, and what he loves most about the South.
You’ve got some new stuff coming out!
WMM: Yes, ma’am! Our new album Vinyl just came out and it’s got my single “I Met A Girl” that actually just went number one in these past few weeks, and the next single, “Missing,” will be soon as well. I’m going on tour with Justin Moore and Lee Brice for the “American Made” tour, and I’m so excited about that. I’m just learning as much as I can. [The CMA Awards] is actually my first red carpet! [laughs] This will be my first big tour—man I’m so stoked. I’m a little nervous, a little anxious, and a whole lot of excited.
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So did you meet a girl? Is that where that song inspiration came from?
WMM: Well, I heard the song, and then after, wouldn’t you know it, I met a girl, yeah. It just kinda worked out that way.
Do you have any pre-show rituals for before you go on?
WMM: Usually it involves Crown Royal, for sure.
You’re a Southern boy—where did you grow up?
WMM: I’m from Vicksburg, Mississippi. I was born and raised right on the river there.
What do you love most about being a Southerner?
WMM: Catfish. [laughs] Catfish and cold beer.
Does your Mama make catfish?
WMM: Oh yeah.
Did you fish for catfish growing up?
WMM: Yeah, of course! Catfish and bass.
Are you a catfish noodler?
WMM: No! Gosh no. I’m not that big on it. I’m a wuss when it comes to that, man. I would never do that in my whole life. [laughs]
Is there anything other than catfish that you love about the South?
WMM: I love the music. I love the music, and the humbleness, and the genuineness. And, the buttered biscuits.
Are you also a cornbread fan?
WMM: Oh, of course. Cornbread and milk. Have you ever taken a glass of cold milk and put some cornbread in it? Don't crumble it up; just eat it with a spoon. It’s good stuff.
What’s been your favorite venue to play so far?
WMM: Gosh. Every place is kind of unique in its own way, you know? But, I’d say that the Grand Ole Opry is probably my favorite. I’ve played there 21 or 22 times now. It feels like the first time. It’s such a blessing playing on that stage, with all the people that came before me and paved the road for us. It’s amazing.
How long have you been in Nashville?
WMM: About four years, now! Winners and Losers up there in midtown is my favorite bar. That’s where you’ll find me tonight! [laughs]
Do you have a college football team that you’re cheering for?
WMM: Oh yeah. I’m an Alabama fan. Yes ma’am. It’s only because when I moved to Nashville and out of Mississippi, I’d only really been a pro football fan before. I’m a Cowboys fan. But now, I’m an Alabama fan.