Scotty McCreery is following in the footsteps of the country music icons that have inspired him since the start. He’s come full circle from listening to these artists on the radio growing up to now receiving their support and performing alongside them.
During an interview with Audacy’s Katie Neal, McCreery discussed how much it meant to him to get the opportunity to serve as support on a few of Brooks & Dunn’s shows.
“Those shows were bucket list shows for me,” McCreery admitted. “We’ve gotten the chance to open for a lot of my heroes and a lot of folks where I’m like freaking out, but they’re [Brooks & Dunn] towards the top of the list for me.” He continued, “They were just the coolest guys… they put on just such a great show and sound as good as ever. It’s hit, after hit, after hit. I’m just a country fan losing it when I’m front of house watching!”
During their show at the Pine Knob Music theatre in Clarkston, MI, the “Five More Minutes” singer posed with Brooks & Dunn for a photo, which he then shared to socials.
“Was a weekend for the boos w/ these fellas!” McCreery captioned the image.
Scotty McCreery Revealed His Next Single Will Be “It Matters To Her”
He also revealed his next single is “It Matters To Her,” which will serve as the follow-up to his latest multi-week, chart-topping hit “Damn Strait.” Both of which appear on McCreery’s latest album, Same Truck.
“The coolest one for me is our next single ‘It Matters To Her,’ which if you listen to it, speaking of Brooks & Dunn, it definitely has that inspiration to it and how could you not when I grew up listening to all their albums. This is the [song] where you start playing it and you see the crowd start trying to sing along like they already knew it, but then they realize like ‘oh, I don’t know this song.’”
“When you think she don’t see / When you think she don’t care / When you think she don’t notice / What you’re doing there / Every little look / Every single word / Oh, it matters to her,” he sings in the chorus of the heartfelt song.
Scotty McCreery Recently Earned His Fifth No. 1 Hit With “Damn Strait”
Similarly, “Damn Strait” was co-written by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins as a tribute to the legendary George Strait, another one of McCreery’s heroes. This song serves as the North Carolina native’s fifth No. 1 hit at Country radio.
“To kind of have a tribute song to your hero is amazing in itself. To see other people relate to it and connect — it’s been such a cool one to see it react,” McCreery told Audacy’s Katie Neal. “If you love Country music, you love George Strait, so I think everyone’s been along for the ride with this one.”
Not only does the song make reference to Strait, but so does the music video, which was filmed in Gruene Hall under the direction of Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Jeff Ray. This venue is where Strait got his start before going on to achieve great success in his career as a country star. The legendary singer later thanked McCreery for writing the song in his honor and helped share the song through his socials.
Following his stop in Des Moines, IA this weekend, Scotty McCreery will perform at the Neshoba County Fairgrounds Grandstand in Philadelphia, MS on July 28.