Chris Young Was Pitched ‘Damn Strait’ Before Scotty McCreery; Here’s Why He Didn’t Record It

Scotty McCreery’s latest chart-topping hit, “Damn Strait,” was originally pitched to another country superstar.  In a recent interview with Lon…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 15, 2022

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Chris Young; Photo by Erika Goldring, Getty Images for CMT, Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Scotty McCreery’s latest chart-topping hit, “Damn Strait,” was originally pitched to another country superstar. 

In a recent interview with Lon Helton on Country Countdown USA, Chris Young revealed that he was pitched “Damn Strait” before McCreery got his hands on it. 

Chris Young; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Chris Young; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

“I know the writer of that song, and he pitched me that song first. But I had just released my album and it was going to be a few years before I could record it,” Young explained. 

The country hitmaker said he knew it would be a big song, but unfortunately for him, the timing just wasn’t right. 

“I told him to play it for everyone, because that song is a hit,” Young recalled. “I don’t think I’ve even told Scotty this. I told him I have no idea when the next single was going to come. This song was too good to sit on.”

Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Co-written by Jim Collins and Trent Tomlinson, “Damn Strait” ultimately found its way to McCreery, who cut it for his latest album, Same Truck

“He called me shortly after that to say ‘Scotty’s got it.’  And now it’s this huge #1 for them.” 

“Damn Strait” spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and marked McCreery’s fifth No. 1 hit.

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The song, which has earned over 124 million streams, serves as a tribute to country music icon George Strait.

​​“This song is such a great tribute to one of my musical heroes, George Strait, while also using his song titles in a clever way to tell such a heartbreaking story. I’ve loved it from the moment I first heard it,” said McCreery. “It is one of my favorite songs that I’ve recorded, and the fans love it in concert as well. You can feel the anticipation in the air as they get ready to sing along on the chorus.” 

McCreery will soon celebrate his No. 1 hit with fans at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas. Tickets for the show are on-sale now HERE.

“We’re celebrating the #1 song where the King got his start!” McCreery shared. ”See you soon, Texas!”

McCreery, who will soon release his new single “It Matters To Her” to country radio, is currently on the road playing the festival circuit as he awaits the arrival of his first child later this year.

Meanwhile, Chris Young recently celebrated “Famous Friends” being certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. The country hitmaker was also surprised with a platinum plaque for “Drowning.”

“Famous Friends” and “Drowning” both appear on Young’s latest project, Famous Friends (Deluxe Edition).

Young’s latest single, “At The End Of A Bar,” featuring Mitchell Tenpenny, continues to climb the charts at country radio where it currently sits in the Top 5.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.