Scotty McCreery Performs For Record Breaking Crowd Of 92,000+

McCreery’s concert followed the University of Nebraska Ladies Volleyball Team’s winning match against Omaha at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Lauren Jo Black

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August 31, 2023

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Scotty McCreery; Photo by Jeff Ray

Scotty McCreery played the biggest show of his career following the University of Nebraska Ladies Volleyball Team’s winning match against Omaha at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska on Wednesday evening (Aug. 30). 

Performing for a crowd of 92,003, the country superstar performed his five consecutive No.1 hits, his brand-new single, “Cab in a Solo,” and other fan-favorites from his catalog.   

Taking place on “Volleyball Day” in Nebraska, the event set a new world record for highest attendance at a women’s sporting event. 

Record-Breaking Event

Scotty McCreery; Photo by Jeff Ray
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Jeff Ray
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Jeff Ray
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Jeff Ray
Scotty McCreery Univ of Nebraska Ladies Volleyball Team Coach John Cook Aug 29 2023 courtesy Univ of Nebraska; Photo Provided
Scotty McCreery Univ of Nebraska Ladies Volleyball Team Coach John Cook Aug 29 2023 courtesy Univ of Nebraska; Photo Provided

McCreery was thrilled to have the opportunity to perform at the record-breaking event. 

“That was something I will never forget,” said McCreery after coming off stage. “It’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of, and they were fantastic. Hearing 92,003 people sing along and watching them dance and enjoy themselves is something I will never forget. Congrats to the Nebraska Volleyball Team on their win and setting the new world record. Those ladies are amazing athletes and it was exciting to watch their games. I thank them for having me be a part of the event!”

This isn’t McCreery’s first time performing in front of a crowd of sports fans in Nebraska. In 2021, the North Carolina native sang The National Anthem before the Nebraska Football win over Northwestern in 2021.

New Single

Scotty McCreery’s performance comes just days after the release of “Cab In A Solo,” which made a major impact at country radio upon its debut.  

The track received the most first-week adds of McCreery’s career as well as the largest first week for his label Triple Tigers and the third biggest add day of the year.

Released to streaming platforms on Friday (Aug. 18), ”Cab In A Solo” will appear on McCreery’s forthcoming, yet-to-be-announced new album.

Photo Courtesy Scotty McCreery
Photo Courtesy Scotty McCreery

The overwhelming response from the radio community not only highlights the song’s instant appeal but also underscores Scotty McCreery’s ongoing ability to captivate audiences.

Upon hearing the news, the 29-year-old singer/songwriter quickly reacted to the milestone.

“Wow! I’ve been doing this now for twelve years, and this is the largest add week I’ve ever had and it’s the first time I’ve had the most added song on my first week,” McCreery exclaimed. “Thank you country radio for all your support both now and through the years, and thanks to the Triple Tigers promotion team. I’ll be drinking cab in a solo tonight!”

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Although McCreery has previously found success at Country radio, he expresses gratitude each time he returns to the airwaves. On release day, McCreery was driving in his car when he heard his new song on the radio for the first time and admitted that hearing himself on the radio never “gets old.”

“Hearing my song for the first time on the radio never gets old! Thanks for playing it @98wsix@iheartcountry,” McCreery captioned the clip.

Co-written by The North Carolina native alongside Brent Anderson and Frank Rogers, the tune came to fruition during a writing retreat in his home state.

“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 track is a heartbreak anthem that tells the story of a man who witnesses his ex moving on with someone new after a failed attempt to win her over once again.

“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.

“Cab In A Solo” comes after McCreery’s six consecutive hits, which include “It Matters To Her,” “Damn Strait,” “You Time,” “Five More Minutes,” “This Is It” and “In Between.”

New Album Coming Soon

The tune serves as a taste of what’s to come from McCreery’s upcoming new album, which he recently opened up about in an interview with Audacy’s Katie Neal.

Scotty McCreery; Photo By Andrew Wendowski
Scotty McCreery; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

“It’s Country. Our steel guitar player, Mike Johnson, got in the studio with us, and he’s like, ‘Man, I actually get to play Country music this week!’ He was lovin’ it, and I love singing that stuff, so hopefully folks are ready for a good dose of country music,” he told Neal of the upcoming new project.

While Scotty McCreery hasn’t yet shared a release date for the project, he did admit that he hopes for it to be released in early 2024.

“We’ll have a new song out on the radio here, I’d say in the next month or so,” McCreery revealed. “And then a new album early next year, is probably what I think. But we’re working hard on it, and hopefully folks enjoy it when it finally gets here.”

North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame

McCreery will soon be honored in North Carolina when he is inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Betty Davis, Bill “Fatback” Curtis, Fetchin Bones, George Beverly Shea, and Loudon Wainwright III will also be inducted at the ceremony, which will take place on October 19, 2023 at the Mooresville Performing Arts Center in Mooresville, NC.

“Anyone that knows me knows how proud I am to be from North Carolina,” McCreery said in a release. “It is an honor to be recognized by the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and included with this great 2023 class of artists.  It’s also a bit surreal knowing I will be joining some of my musical heroes who are already in the Hall, such as Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels, and James Taylor, as well as friends like Eric Church and Kellie Pickler. I am truly thankful.”

On Tour

Scotty McCreery recently wrapped up his time on tour with Brooks & Dunn. This fall, he’s slated to headline several concerts as well as appear at a number of fairs and festivals. His next scheduled tour date is set for September 1 at Victory Theatre in Evansville, Indiana. 

Additionally, Scotty McCreery will also return to the Grand Ole Opry on September 14 to perform as part of Opry Country Classics as well as on December 3 as part of Opry Country Christmas.
For a full list of Scotty McCreery’s upcoming tour dates, visit his official website HERE.

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.