WATCH: Scotty McCreery Performs ‘Damn Strait’ on NBC’s ‘TODAY’
Just days after releasing his highly anticipated new album, Same Truck, Scotty McCreery made an appearance on NBC’s TODAY to…
The country hitmaker shared an exclusive, pre-taped performance with the popular morning show and also joined TODAY hosts to chat about his new album and return to the road.
“Damn Strait” is a standout among the 12-track album and finds the North Carolina native tipping his hat to the legendary George Strait, with shout outs to some of his most iconic songs.
The opening line references Strait’s “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” and throughout the song he mentions “Marina Del Rey,” “Baby Blue,” “Blue Clear Sky,” “Give It Away,” and “I Hate Everything.”
“I had an email from Kevin Herring at my label and he said, ‘Hey, take a listen to this song. It just came through for you,’ and I kind of had a little mini freak out session because I’m a huge George Strait fan,” McCreery shared with Billboard of the track. “I love the different tidbits in there of songs of his… It’s a classic country breakup song, but [it’s also] paying homage to George Strait throughout the song. It’s so cleverly written. If you’re a country fan, a George Strait fan, this song is so cool.”
“Damn Strait” is one of two songs McCreery didn’t have a hand in writing for his just-released album and will follow the success of his latest single, “You Time.”
The former American Idol champ is taking his new music on the road this fall, with tour dates planned through mid-November.
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