Scotty McCreery’s son Avery (full name is Merrick Avery McCreery) is already getting used to his famous father’s lifestyle. The 5-month-old infant, who arrived on Oct. 24, 2022, 11 days before his due-date, has joined his daddy out on the road during McCreery’s Damn Strait Tour.
But nothing came without preparation.
Scotty Is A “Road Daddy”
In late 2022, McCreery revealed he had plans to bring his child on the bus with him, telling Music Mayhem, “Next year, we’re bringing out a baby bus. So he will be with me out there for most of the dates… Like it or not, [I’m] going to be a road daddy for a while, so hopefully he loves it.”
“That will be a fun new way to do the road,” he added. “I’ve kind of had my system down pat for ten years now. So, that will be a little change, but a great one.”
McCreery celebrated the addition of his son out on the road, capturing some sweet family portraits, which he shared to Facebook.
“Officially a roadie!” McCreery wrote, alongside pictures featuring his baby boy and wife, Gabi McCreery, all smiles.
Having a baby bus means McCreery is no longer on the bus with his band and crew. The updated living space on wheels has been custom-made to suit the needs of Avery, and McCreery says the modified situation has been “so far so good.”
Avery Loves Being A “Road Baby”
“I think he’s liking the bus, and I’m glad, because I don’t think he’s gonna have much of a choice but to be a road baby,” McCreery told Taste of Country. “But so far, so good.”
And while Avery seems to have grown accustomed to not being anchored in one place, the “It Matters to Her” singer admits he and Gabi had to get used to having the wee on board – only because they weren’t sure if sleepless nights would become the new norm.
“We’ve got a little crib set up for Avery in one of the bunks. The first night he slept in there, me and Gabi did not sleep much on the bus because we were constantly checking the monitor to see how he was doing,” McCreery shared. “But he was a rock star. He slept the whole way through.”
Scotty And Avery Shared A Milestone Moment Together On Stage In Knoxville
Along with the new setup, McCreery got to bond with his baby on stage. In February, the 29-year-old North Carolina native brought his son onstage to assist him in covering John Michael Montgomery’s “Be My Baby Tonight.”
Rather than singing the original lyrics, “Could you / Would you / Ain’t you gonna / If I ask you, / would you / want to Be my baby tonight,” McCreery sang, “Could you / Would you / Ain’t you gonna / If I ask you, / would you wanna / this is MY baby tonight!”
“This is Avery’s first concert! Say hi to Avery!” McCreery shouted before exiting the stage.
“My little man on the big stage ,” McCreery captioned a precious snapshot featuring him standing with his bundle of joy in his arms.
The Instagrammed photo shows McCreery dressed in a black buttoned-up shirt and holding the microphone in one hand. He carries his pint-sized child in his other arm. Avery, meanwhile, looks out into the audience while dressed a gray onesie featuring plaid detailing. He sports a pair of noise-canceling headphones but appears to be in his element on stage. Perhaps the little guy will follow in his daddy’s footsteps in due time!
Lots Of Baby Time
And even though Avery getting to experience his daddy’s line of work, he still gets his baby time.
“We’ve brought all his playpens and toys, stuff that makes it feel like his room back home,” McCreery shared. “He can have his same smells and sights and sounds. And we have the dog [Moose] out there, too, so we have one of those portable things we can set up where we can sit outside. So we’re not cooped up on the bus.”
McCreery began his Damn Strait Tour on Jan. 20, in Oklahoma. The trek, launched in support of his Same Truck: The Deluxe Album, and will make stops in 22 cities before concluding on April 30 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, MD.
This summer, McCreery will provide direct support on Brooks & Dunn’s 2023 Reboot Tour. The trek, which also features Megan Moroney as a supporting act, begins on May 4 in Kansas City and continues through June 17.