Scotty McCreery Reacts After ‘The GOAT’ George Strait Responds To His ‘Damn Strait’ Video
Scotty McCreery’s just-released “Dan Strait” music video has caught the attention of hundreds of thousands, including George Strait himself. Earlier…
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, George Strait; Photo by Erika Goldring
Scotty McCreery’s just-released “Dan Strait” music video has caught the attention of hundreds of thousands, including George Strait himself.
Earlier this week, the King of Country Music gave McCreery a shout-out on social media and even shared the music video for all to see.
“Damn Strait!,” the country icon wrote, alongside tags for McCreery and Gruene Hall, the site of the music video and venue where Strait played for years before landing a record deal and launching his legendary country music career.
After seeing Strait’s post, McCreery couldn’t help but respond.
The black-and-white music video features footage of McCreery and his band performing on the famed Texas stage intertwined with photos and memories of Strait’s decades-long career.
The clip was directed by Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Jeff Ray, the same videographer who also directed McCreery’s music videos for “Five More Minutes,” “This Is It” and “In Between.”
“‘Damn Strait’ is both a classic country heartbreak song as well as a tribute to George Strait,” McCreery shared upon the release of the video. “I knew I wanted to film it at a place that paid respect to both elements of the song. When my director Jeff Ray suggested Gruene Hall, where George performed regularly with his Ace in the Hole Band before becoming the legend that he is today, I knew that was the perfect location.”
Visiting Gruene Hall was something McCreery will never forget.
“You can feel the history and the music of country music’s past and present in every inch of that venue,” he added. “I’ve wanted to visit Gruene Hall for a long time, and now that I have, I’m looking forward to eventually coming back there to do a show.”
Co-written by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins, “Damn Strait” appears on McCreery’s fifth studio album, Same Truck. The song quickly became the fastest-rising single of his career.
Throughout the track, McCreery references several of Strait’s songs, including ““Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her,” “Marina del Rey,” “Baby Blue,” “Blue Clear Sky,” “Give It Away,” and “I Hate Everything.”
“The other day right out of a Blue Clear Sky / You came on in my truck / I couldn’t turn it off fast enough / I tried to get back in the game / But this ole heart just ain’t the same / Hell I can’t even Give It Away,” McCreery sings in the second verse.
The track is one of two tracks McCreery didn’t write on his latest album, however, he says he connected with it immediately.
“Every now and then you hear a song that sounds so much like you,” McCreery recalled in a recent press release. “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.”
FUN FACT: George Strait is the first country artist that McCreery saw live in concert and when he saw his show, he said to himself, “I’m gonna do that one day.”
McCreery is currently in the midst of his Same Truck Tour, which continues through the end of February 2022, with support from Callista Clark, King Calaway, Kameron Marlowe, and Tenille Arts on select dates.
Following his headlining Same Truck Tour, the hitmaker will head overseas for the three-day C2C Festival in Ireland and the UK, as well as a few of his own headlining tour dates in Germany and the Netherlands.
Tickets for McCreery’s tour are on sale now at ScottyMcCreery.com.
Lauren Jo Black
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.