Scotty McCreery Announces 2023 Damn Strait Tour: ‘I Can’t Wait To Get Back Out There And Play The Music’

Scotty McCreery has unveiled the news that next year, he will embark on his headlining Damn Strait Tour. The trek is set…


Madeleine O’Connell

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December 12, 2022


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Scotty McCreery; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

Scotty McCreery has unveiled the news that next year, he will embark on his headlining Damn Strait Tour. The trek is set to launch on January 20 in Hinton, OK and will continue with a run of over 20 dates through the end of April.

The fan club presale will be available tomorrow, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. local time, followed by the general on sale this Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. local time.

This upcoming set of shows is named after McCreery’s RIAA Gold-certified track, “Damn Strait,” which is featured on his recently released Same Truck: The Deluxe Album. The song also serves as his fifth consecutive chart-topper, and 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.”

McCreery served as a co-writer on all but four of the 18 tracks of the project, which dropped on November 18. It was produced by Frank Rogers, Derek Wells and Aaron Eshuis and includes six new songs, such as “On It,” and “Nothin’ Right.”

“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 in the initial announcement.

While the country star has already been getting back into the swing of things, he is still fresh off paternity leave. McCreery recently took some time off from his busy schedule to enjoy life at home with his wife, Gabi, and their first child, Merrick “Avery” McCreery, who was welcomed into the world on October 24.

“Looking forward to hitting the road in 2023 with the Damn Strait Tour,” McCreery said in a release. “I’ve enjoyed my time at home learning to be a Dad to Avery, but I’ve missed being onstage with the band and performing for the fans. Can’t wait to see everyone in the new year!”

Now that he’s tackling his role of a new dad, life on the road might be a bit more difficult because it means having to leave his family behind more often. Even though this might prove to be more of a challenge now than it was before, he revealed that he is still eager to get back to doing what he loves most. 

“It’s a weird thing for me, ‘cause it’s been the best time ever being off the road and welcoming Baby Avery. But at the same time I miss it, I miss the road, I miss the stage, I miss my fans, so I can’t wait to get back out there and play the music,” he previously told Country Now. 

He continued to share that life on the road might not be the only thing that looks a bit different for McCreery going forward. He said he expects his songs could also start to shift a bit to keep up with this new phase of his life.

“It’ll probably feel a little different now having Avery here and certain songs might hit a little differently, but I can’t wait to see the band again and really just get the music going.”

The “You Time” singer has plenty of milestones ahead of him with the little one, including his first Christmas. Scotty McCreery has already had a festive start to the holiday season as he recently performed on the annual holiday special, “CMA Country Christmas,” which is currently streaming now on Hulu and Disney+ and will re-air on ABC on December 13.

Additionally, another Hallmark Christmas movie inspired by his Double-Platinum certified No. 1 hit, “Five More Minutes,” is set to air this month. The new movie titled Five More Minutes: Moments Like These will premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Saturday, Dec.17 at 10/9c. 

While the second film is not a sequel, it does follow the 2021 original Christmas movie, which was also inspired by McCreery’s fan-favorite song that appears on his 2018 album, Seasons Change. McCreery once again serves as an Executive Producer, but he does not appear in the movie.

Before the year comes to a close, Scotty McCreery has four remaining shows, including three acoustic co-headlining shows with Lee Brice. His final concert of 2022 is slated for December 18 in Raleigh, NC    

Scotty McCreery’s Remaining 2022 Dates:
Dec. 15            Fort Smith, AR           Temple Live (co-headlining with Lee Brice)
Dec. 16            El Dorado, AR            First Financial Music Hall (co-headlining with Lee Brice)
Dec. 17            Huntsville, AL            Von Braun Center (co-headlining with Lee Brice)
Dec. 18            Raleigh, NC                94.7 QDR Acoustic Christmas for the Kids Guitar Pull
Scotty McCreery’s 2023 Damn Strait Tour Dates:
Jan. 20             Hinton, OK                 Sugar Creek Casino                                                   
Jan. 21             San Antonio ,TX         Let’s Rodeo Ball                                                        
Jan. 27             Joliet, IL                      Rialto Square Theatre                                                
Jan. 28             Milwaukee, WI           UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena                                 
Feb. 2              Knoxville, TN             Knoxville Civic Auditorium                                      
Feb. 3              Charlotte, NC              Coyote Joe’s                                                              
Feb. 4              Greenville, SC            Blind Horse Saloon                                                   
Feb. 8              The Villages, FL         Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center                 
Feb. 9              Fort Meyers, FL          Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall                    
Feb. 10            Sarasota, FL                Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall                              
Feb. 11            Port St. Lucie, FL       MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center              
March 10         Grant, OK                   Choctaw Casino                                                         
March 11         Tulsa, OK                   Hard Rock Hotel & Casino                                       
March 18         Shipshewana, IN         Blue Gate Theatre                                                      
March 19         Nashville, IN              Brown County Music Center                                     
March 24         DuQuoin, IL               Cord McCoy Du Quoin Rodeo                                  
March 25         Opp, AL                      Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo                                             
April 21           Scottsdale, AZ            Talking Stick Resort & Casino                      
April 22           Henderson, NV           Sunset Station Hotel & Casino                                  
April 27           Carteret, NJ                 The Carteret Performing Arts Center                        
April 28           Lancaster, PA             American Music Theatre                                           
April 30           Hagerstown, MD        The Maryland Theatre                                               

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.