Scotty McCreery had his wife, Gabi McCreery, and son, Merrick Avery McCreery, by his side on Tuesday evening (March 7) at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum for the unveiling of the new American Currents: State of the Music Exhibition.
McCreery was one of several artists featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s newest exhibit and says he was “honored” to be included.
“It feels pretty incredible to be a part of this great group of American Currents here at the Country Music Hall of Fame. I have driven by the Hall of Fame a bunch. I have taken the tours. I’ve walked through and seen it and always wanted to be a part of it. It’s an honor to be included,” he shared during the event.
The “Damn Strait” singer celebrated the milestone moment with his wife and 4-month-old son and hand the opportunity to hang with other featured artists such as Parker McCollum, HARDY, Sunny Sweeney, Miko Marks, Jordan Davis, Molly Tuttle, and more. The exhibit is open now at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville.
The new exhibit opens just weeks after McCreery introduced fans to his baby boy on stage at Knoxville Civic Auditorium in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 2.
In the midst of his recent headlining concert, McCreery brought his son out to make his on-stage debut, which also marked his son’s first concert.
Little Avery joined his dad on stage during his cover of John Michael Montgomery’s “Be My Baby Tonight.” As the song came to a close, the country superstar put a twist on the lyrics.
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.
McCreery, who launched his Damn Strait Tour in late January, previously opened up to Music Mayhem about bringing his son on tour with him and becoming a “road daddy.”
“[We’re] bringing a baby on the road and getting him used to the lifestyle. Like it or not, [I’m] going to be a road daddy for a while, so hopefully he loves it,” McCreery said. “We’re bringing out a baby bus. So he will be with me out there most of the dates. That will be a fun new way to do the road. I’ve kind of had my system down pat for 10 years now. So, that will be a little change, but a great one.”
The “It Matters To Her” singer is currently in the midst of his headlining tour, dubbed the Damn Strait Tour. The trek, which kicked off on January 20 in Hinton, OK at Sugar Creek Casino, will visit over a dozen states and currently runs through April of 2023.
The tour takes its name from McCreery’s fifth consecutive chart-topper, “Damn Strait,” which stayed at No.1 for three weeks and also landed at No. 4 on the Billboard Year End Country Airplay chart along with being named among Billboard’s “10 Best Country Songs of 2022.”
The tour comes in support of his latest album, Same Truck, which features the chart-topping hits, “You Time” and “Damn Strait,” as well as his current single, “It Matters To Her.”
In November of 2022, McCreery expanded the album with the release of Same Truck Deluxe, which features six additional tracks. The country hitmaker was a co-writer on all but four of the 18 tracks on the new project, which was produced by Frank Rogers, Derek Wells and Aaron Eshuis.
“I’ve been sitting on these extra songs that we recorded since we started the Same Truck project and I’ve always wanted to hear this album on vinyl,” he wrote on Twitter.
McCreery’s Damn Strait Tour continues this weekend in Grant, Oklahoma (Mar. 10), and Tulsa, Oklahoma (Mar. 11).
Later this year, fans can catch the 29-year-old North Carolina native on tour with Brooks & Dunn on the Reboot Tour 2023, which will also feature support from Megan Moroney.
Scotty McCreery says joining the “Neon Moon” singers on the trek is a “dream come true.”
“Having been a huge fan of their music all my life, going out on the road with Kix and Ronnie is a dream come true for me,” McCreery added. “I can’t wait for this tour to begin!”
Additionally, McCreery was recently nominated for CMT Digital-First Performance Of The Year at the 2023 CMT Music Awards for his performance of “Damn Strait” from CMT Campfire Sessions.
Scotty McCreery Tour Dates
10 – Grant, OK – Choctaw Casino
11 – Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
18 – Shipshewana, IN – Blue Gate Theatre
19 – Nashville, IN – Brown County Music Center
24 – DuQuoin, IL – Cord McCoy Du Quoin Rodeo
25 – Opp, AL – Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo
21 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino
22 – Henderson, NV – Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
27 – Carteret, NJ – The Carteret Performing Arts Center
28 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
30 – Hagerstown, MD – The Maryland Theatre
REBOOT 2023 TOUR DATES
4 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
5 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
6 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
11 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
12 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
13 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
18 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
19 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
20 – Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
1 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
2 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
3 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8 – Duluth, GA – Gas South Arena+
10 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
15 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort*
16 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
17 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum