Country music success or raising kids was the conundrum that faced members of the '90s country group 4Runner. When it came time to make the choice, the ACM-nominated group chose family over career.
Now the group is back after a near two-decade hiatus – and this time, singer Craig Morris incorporated his son, Sam, into the lineup.
"We had to make a living, and we had to support our kids and be parents," Morris explained. "We backed off, and we went and lived our lives, got to be dads and husbands. We just didn't refocus our attention on getting together seriously until just the last couple of years."
The group has recently released a few new songs, including a reimagined version of their song "Ragged Angel" from 2004 and a fresh song and video, "Forrest County Line." Morris said it speaks to everyone from small towns.
"Everybody that I know that is from a small town, especially myself, we always dreamed of leaving," he said. "We loved our little towns, but there was a big old world out there we wanted to go see. We figured out ways to get to Nashville and see more of the world through our music. That song is about looking beyond your humble upbringings and getting out there and looking at this beautiful world God created."
The music video shows the men singing in the back of a truck in a remote area culminating in a scene in downtown Nashville. Members feel like the message of the song represents the group and that it lets them show off their vocal prowess.
"That's what we're all about," Morris said. "We're not a lead singer and four guys in the back. We're four guys up front singing pretty hard. I sing lead on the things that need some lead singing done on it. It represented what we know we are."
4Runner's new album, "Back Runnin,'" the band's first new project in almost 20 years, will be available March 31.