With more than 2,000 submissions for review by songwriters from here and abroad, Morris' song was not only chosen to be a part of the project, it also was chosen as the title song.
On Monday, the day before the presentation, Siegler contacted Rilla Cox, asking her to take part in the surprise. Arriving in Campbell around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Siegler and Ray's plan was set into motion when Cox called Morris, asking him to come to her home because she needed to see him. When he arrived at her home, he was greeted by Siegler at the door and then introduced to Charlie Ray. After the introduction, with a puzzled look on his face, Morris was presented with the plaque.
"Wow" Larry proclaimed, "For me? I have never received anything this nice."
"We just want you to know what it means to us, Larry, to have such a talented songwriter on this album", Charlie Ray told him.
"I am honored just to be a part of it," Larry responded.
Siegler, a member of TRS Music Group LLC of Hendersonville, Tenn., engineered and produced the CD at "The Recording Studio" in Puxico. Ray is the mastermind behind the project. When asked why he chose to have A.J. record the project, he said, "He produced two very successful tributes before, 'The Buckeroo Band,' a tribute to Buck Owens,and 'The Waylors,' a Waylon Jennings tribute that had one song reach the top 10 in Australia for 11 weeks -- 'If it's not broke, don't fix it'."
With a passion for music and life, Morris is working on new songs everyday.
"His songs are short stories of everyday life put to music. From experiences to dreams, his ability to write songs amazes me, and I look forward to hearing each and every one," said Siegler.
The CD is available for purchase at 540 retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the website; www.cottonfields2nashville.com .