Scotty McCreery Inducted Into North Carolina Music Hall of Fame: ‘An Honor I Will Always Treasure’

“This is very special to me,” the country hitmaker shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 20, 2023


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Scotty McCreery; Photos Courtesy North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Scotty McCreery was one of six artists to be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on Thursday (Oct. 19). 

Taking place at the Mooresville Performing Arts Center in Mooresville, N.C., the annual induction ceremony welcomed McCreery into the coveted 2023 class of artists alongside Loudon Wainwright III, George Beverly Shea, Betty Davis, Bill “Fatback” Curtis and Fetchin Bones. 

A Career Highlight

“If you know me, you know how much I love my home state of North Carolina,” McCreery proudly shared in a statement. “There are so many great musical talents from all genres that have come from our state, and I am honored to be inducted alongside them in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.”

Scotty McCreery; Photo Courtesy North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Scotty McCreery; Photo Courtesy North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame places this group of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters among the list of past honorees in the Hall including Eric Church, John Coltrane, Fantasia, Andy Griffith, Ronnie Milsap, Thelonious Monk, Earl Scruggs, Nina Simone, James Taylor, Randy Travis and many more. 

“I have so many musical heroes already in this Hall. This is very special to me and an honor I will always treasure,” he added. 

Acoustic Performance

To celebrate this milestone achievement, the Garner, North Carolina native took the stage to deliver an acoustic performance of several of his hits including “Five More Minutes,” “This is It,” “Damn Strait,” and his current single, “Cab in a Solo.”

Scotty McCreery; Photo Courtesy North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Scotty McCreery; Photo Courtesy North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

New Single At Country Radio

Written by McCreery, Frank Rogers and Brent Anderson and produced by Rogers, Derek Wells, and Aaron Eshuis, “Cab In A Solo” marks the fastest-moving single of the Triple Tigers recording artists’ career so far. Upon its debut to U.S. Country radio on Monday (Aug. 21), the nostalgia-laced tune gathered an impressive 120 first-week ads from radio stations across the country. 

As McCreery shared via social media, “Cab In A Solo” was born alongside his co-writers Brent Anderson and Frank Rogers during a writing retreat in the serene setting of North Carolina.

“I brought several of my writer buddies to the mountains of North Carolina for a few days to write songs, and that’s where ‘Cab in a Solo’ was born,” McCreery recalled in a press release. “This song is pure country. I’m excited to share it with everyone.”

The product is a mid-tempo melody layered with a heartbreaking portrayal of seeing an ex with someone new. The clever songwriting sets the scene for the couple who appears to be on the outs, and in an effort to make things right, the man arrives at her home with a bottle of wine and flowers. Unfortunately, when things don’t go as planned, he finds himself drinking that cabernet all on his own. 

“Sittin’ here, I can’t believe what I just saw / Couple shadows kissin’ on the bedroom wall / It’s lookin’ like my plan didn’t work out at all / Heartbreak turned into broke up / So now I’m findin’ out how a heartbreak taste / With a Silver Oak, 1998 / Drinkin’ cab in a solo / Solo in the cab of my truck,” he sings on the chorus.


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The success of this song comes hot on the heels of McCreery’s smash hit single “It Matters to Her,” and follows his streak of five consecutive No. 1 hits in the last few years including RIAA Platinum-certified No. 1 “Damn Strait” and RIAA Gold-certified No. 1 “You Time,” all found on his 2021 album, Same TruckThe Deluxe Album. The fresh release is also expected to appear on his next project.

2024 Tour

In recent weeks, Scotty McCreery unveiled plans to hit the road in 2024 with his headlining Cab in a Solo Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the trek will kick-off at Hobart Arena in Troy, OH on Jan. 26, 2024, and continue across the U.S. with stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston and more. 

McCreery will be joined by Anne Wilson as direct support as well as Greylan James and Noah Hicks on select dates. In addition, he teased that the brand-new setlist could include a few unreleased tunes from his forthcoming, yet-to-be-announced album. 

“Happy to have Anne Wilson join us on the road – she’s a great singer,” he shared. “Depending on the city, either Greylan James or Noah Hicks will be opening up the show and they’re both fantastic performers. And who knows, maybe I’ll share a few songs from my upcoming new album! I’m looking forward to it!”

Tickets for the upcoming tour as well as the remainder of his headlining shows throughout December are available now at

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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.