Ahead of the release of his fifth studio album, American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery drops the nostalgic country weeper “Damn Strait” from the 12-song set Same Truck available this Friday, Sept. 17.
Written by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins, “Damn Strait” honors country music icon George Strait, even as the singer laments the loss of his lover, associating Strait’s songs with her since they were the couple’s favorites.
“Every now and then you hear a song that sounds so much like you,” Scotty recalls in a press statement. “I grew up as a huge George Strait fan, and when I heard this song, I raised my hand to say, ‘I want this one.’ Every country fan has a George Strait story, and everyone has a memory attached to their favorite songs.”
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Scotty continues, “The first country music concert I ever went to was George Strait, Reba and Lee Ann Womack. When I saw that show, I said, ‘I’m gonna do that one day.’”
Thc country singer is set to perform the song on NBC’s Today next Tuesday at Sept. 21 during the third hour.
Listen to Scotty McCreery’s “Damn Strait”
Lead single “You Time” continues to climb the charts at Country radio and is currently at No. 4 on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase radio charts.
Once again produced by Frank Rogers, Derek Wells and Aaron Eshuis, the team who produced his previous project (the RIAA Gold certified Seasons Change), Same Truck is a reflection of where Scotty is in life now as a 27-year-old man married to the love of his life for three years and who is also celebrating his 10th year as an entertainer.
Released in 2018, Seasons Change debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and contained three consecutive No. 1 hits: the Double RIAA Platinum certified “Five More Minutes,” Platinum certified “This is It,” and Gold certified “In Between.”
In the midst of his You Time Tour, McCreery has been performing several songs from the new album in concert. “You never know how new songs are going to go over in the live show, but our audiences sure seem to enjoy them from the reaction we’re receiving,” said the North Carolina native. He’s also been direct support on select tour dates with Old Dominion.
Last month, Scotty debuted Damn Strait at the Grand Ole Opry.