Scotty McCreery performed a fan-favorite new song, “Damn Strait,” honoring the King Of Country Music, George Strait. The multi-platinum selling Triple Tigers recording artist and country superstar performed his next single “Damn Strait” during the third hour of NBC’s TODAY on Tuesday (Sept. 21).
“I had an email from Kevin Herring at my label, and he said, ‘Hey, take a listen to this song. It just came through for you,’ and I kind of had a little mini freak out session because I’m a huge George Strait fan,” McCreery previously shared with Billboard. “I love the different tidbits in there of songs of his… It’s a classic country breakup song, but [it’s also] paying homage to George Strait throughout the song. It’s so cleverly written. If you’re a country fan, a George Strait fan, this song is so cool.”
Watch McCreery’s performance of “Damn Strait” below.
Co-written by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins, “Damn Strait” appears on the North Carolina native’s fifth studio album, Same Truck. The track is one of only two songs on the upcoming 12-track album that he didn’t write. However, McCreery knew when he heard the song that he had to cut it for the project, as he admitted it was so him.
Same Truck was produced by Rogers, Eshuis and Derek Wells, the team who produced his previous project, the RIAA Gold certified Seasons Change that has sold more than 700,000 copies to date, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, and contained his three consecutive No. 1 hits: the Double RIAA Platinum certified “Five More Minutes,” Platinum certified “This is It,” and Gold certified “In Between.” McCreery co-wrote every song on that album.
In addition to performing “Damn Strait,” McCreery also talked about being recognized recently with one billion career streams on Pandora and receiving his Billionaire Plaque. Also, McCreery now has been added to the Pandora Country Billionaires station.