Scotty McCreery Shares Heartwarming Snapshot With His 10-Month-Old Son, Avery

“Beach dayz w/ my buddy,” McCreery captioned his post.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 25, 2023


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Scotty McCreery and Son Avery; Photo Courtesy Instagram

Scotty McCreery and his 10-month-old son, Merrick Avery McCreery, are all smiles while enjoying time at the beach in a new photo.

On Thursday (Aug. 24), the country superstar shared the snapshot, featuring himself and his son on the scenic North Topsail Beach in North Carolina, which is located just over 130 miles away from his hometown of Garner. 

“Beach dayz w/ my buddy,” McCreery captioned the photo on Instagram.

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Avery will celebrate his first birthday in October and in the short time he’s been a part of McCreery’s life, he’s already inspired his music.

Already Inspiring His Music

The North Carolina native said his forthcoming new album will feature a few “baby songs.”  

“My music, for sure, has, kind of, leaned a little bit into that autobiographical stuff.” McCreery recently told Taste of Country of his next collection. 

“Something that I learned about music is how alike we all are rather than different. When I talk about my life, I could be talking about thousands of other people’s lives, and they relate to it, too,” he continued. “So there’ll be a lot of life stuff. Just about not taking things for granted, and that’s where I’m at right now — just appreciating this new stage of life and new fatherhood.”

New Single

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McCreery recently gave fans a taste of what’s to come on the highly anticipated project with the release of his brand new single, “Cab In A Solo.” 

The track officially impacted Country radio on Monday (Aug. 21), accumulating a staggering 120 first-week adds from radio stations spanning the United States.

“UNREAL🤯🤯🤯 Thank you COUNTRY RADIO!!!” McCreery wrote to celebrate the milestone on Instagram. 

Major Impact At Country Radio

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.

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.

After initially hearing the news, the 29-year-old singer/songwriter quickly reacted to the achievement.

“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!”

Photo Courtesy Scotty McCreery
Photo Courtesy Scotty McCreery

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.

Songwriting In The Mountains

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.

New Album In the Works

McCreery’s upcoming new album will continue to showcase his love for traditional country music. 

“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 Audacy’s Katie Neal.

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

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.

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

“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.”

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. 

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.

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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.