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Full interview: Scotty McCreery talks new album
Scotty McCreery talks about his new country album, Same Truck, which is out now.
that this album, what is new about what is What is special about this album? It's like your 5th album. That's what is the whole thing that's so special about it. Yeah. You know, this is uh this was a different album than I've ever made before. Uh just the last year and a half that we've gone through and uh making a lot of this record in my home studio, at least writing a lot of the songs there, instead of being in Nashville. Um and, you know, for me, I think the biggest difference for this record for me was the head space I was in when I was writing it. Normally I'm always looking ahead and I'm excited and the last album, I was excited to get married. I was excited for the next chapter in life, but This one for the first time since I was like 15 years old, I had time to stop and kind of reflect on life for a long time at home and I think that kind of comes through in the songwriting. I mean, it is very you can tell your happy and in love and you co wrote what, 10 of the 12, 10 and 12? So in a lot of them are about just being in love and you know, do you think that getting married and all that kind of matured you as a songwriter? Yeah, I think so, it's uh you know, you learn a lot uh you know, once you get married and uh you know, you're living together and it's it's now, two people in there with, you know, different ideas about how things should go where they should be and um compromise and you know, before like this is, it was a song about kind of looking forward to getting married and stuff, but there's a song on this record called It Matters to Her, which is like everything I've learned in the three years of being married, it's like, look like Gabby's not looking forward to biggest and baddest date night all the time, you know, they're great when it happens, but it's like the little things, you know, that's helping around out and around the house and making life easy on her. Um it's the little things that kind of all add up, so that's uh At least one of the things I've learned over the years. Yeah, three years married, right? three years. So what have you learned? What has been the biggest lesson you've learned throughout this time, is it? Yeah. Yeah, I mean it's all those things, you know, it's a team effort marriages and uh luckily meeting could be make a great team. We met and Garner and we were five years old and grew up together and um so she knows me and I know her, you know, it's it's uh we know everything about each other and she's a special, special lady proud to call her my wife and um I'm still learning, you know, I still hopefully we have a long way to go, but uh so far so good. So being married and being home more, how has the past year been with you? You know, couldn't really tour too much, doing lots of what was it like being? Yeah, it's it's different. I'm not used to being home that much, you know uh when me and baby first started dating, I told her I said look you know my relationship with you is gonna be different than most, we're not gonna see each other every day, I'm gonna be Gone three or four days a week, most weeks. And her response to that was that's probably a good thing and I'll probably get sick of it. I saw you every day but no, last year we were hanging out every single day and it was great, you know, I think that was one of the silver linings of the of the last year and a half through the awful circumstances we were going through is just being able to hang out and spend that time together so young in our marriage because we really didn't think we'd get that until we were old and retired, you know? So her background is medical field right? Yeah, pediatric nurse. The an amazing job. Yeah. Yeah. Well the crazy thing was, I mean she's still a nurse but last year was scheduling wise going to be like are most awesome year ever, were touring with chris young around the nation, we had dates and Ireland Scotland England, we were planning stuff in Germany and Switzerland like it was going to be fantastic. So, um, we had me and her plan to like go on the road together because she had never done the road with me outside of a couple weekends here there. So we're just gonna live together on the road and that was february when she took off from work and then marched the world shut down. So, so she hadn't been at the hospital for a while, but again, kind of allowed us to spend time together over the last year and a half, but she still has that servants heart that she wants to be helping. So uh, yeah, yeah, a lot of together time. Yeah, Right. Yeah. I'm not, I'm not sure that I'll write you time again, you know, that's uh, I was asking the world to slow down so we could spend some more time together and sure enough, you know, be careful chad score because we got that. So tell me about what you're doing, you're going to be in Garner today, you have a lot of stuff going on in the next week. So when can people see you? Yeah, we'll be uh Garner today all day, you know, starting bright and early and finishing late night, um, going to Edinburgh at noon, which is where I hang out a lot of times when I'm back home and garden with some friends. So singing a few songs, they're signing some cds saying hey to people. Um and then later tonight, starting at five. Uh we'll be out there saying, hey again signing cds, no purchase necessary or any of that. But we'll be there with a bunch of C. D. S and excited for the football game singing a few songs at six. So we're just hanging out seeing people and this album has a lot of hometown roots to it. So it feels good to be back. It doesn't, it feels, it feels very personal. It feels very personal to you as I listen to it this morning. So what has it been like to see people's reactions as you're playing the music, You've done some acoustic sets. Have you? What's that reaction? It's amazing. You know, it's uh it's one of those things where I've spent the last year and a half singing to a computer screen, you know, zooms there are instagram lives or whatever. And um so to have people in the crowd again is, has been awesome and just see them singing and dancing and clapping. Uh And the reaction has been great so far, which you're always nervous to play new music, right? You're like, I love this. But I really hope they do. What if they don't, but so far the reaction has been awesome. So I love the new single, thank you. Damn straight right. Exactly. Yeah. I heard this song. Um I was down to the beach cleaning up after hurricane last year and my label sent it over to me, but I get song sent to me every day from different people. And I hear when it's a lot of good stuff, a lot of great stuff, but this one just blew me away when I heard it. And uh I'm a massive George strait fan first, he was my first country concert m and Reba Leone Wall Mac at the Greensboro coliseum. So I got to see them there as a kid and he's still like top of the list from Mount Rushmore and country music. So it's a it's an ode to George strait, it's a tribute to George, but it's also your classic country Heartbreak song all wrapped into one song. It's it's so cleverly written. So cool, I'm glad I get to sing it. Like that was really good. It happens all the time, you know, was it goes like that? Or there's a thomas red song that uh that I passed on back in the day and ended up being a smash for him. And there's a number of those different songs that, you know, I had in my inbox and I just was like, oh, not for me, and then I hear it on the radio and it's a gigantic hit, you know, But that's what I think every every song finds its home, you know, I think it all works out. Uh oh goodness, there's a humongous list, you know, I'm luckily I'm an artist and I get to sing country music for a living, but I'm still number one like a fan, you know, I'm still a fan of all these artists out there and um, you know, maybe through damn straight, we'll get to do something with George. Never done something with him. Um been able to open for Garth before but never worked with him on a song. That'd be awesome. I'm also a classic country guy. Going to do something with Dolly or Loretta, My truck out there is named Loretta after her. So Loretta, Oh yeah, She is the same truck I've been driving for 10 years now. Yeah, that's the truck you got for for one an idol and it's uh, she's my baby. The same. That, that's where the conversation for, same truck started was, they're talking about how I drive the same truck and then it evolved into, hey, you know, the larger picture of, we're on the same team here, just build each other up and yeah, you're gonna get to do that tour. You were saying you couldn't do that, you are going to be on the road again. Hopefully this coming. Yeah, we're getting busy. Hopefully next year as long as things keep going well and things get better. But um, we're gonna be on the road a lot. We're doing it dates with old Dominion right now and next year we're doing the country to country festival over there and um across the pond we're doing London, Glasgow and Dublin with Darius Rucker. So that'll be awesome. Um It's gonna be, you know Lord, well it's gonna be a great year. What would you tell yourself if you could go back kid that was going in, go and try out for Idol? Would you tell him? Uh buckle up. Right. Um I don't know, I wouldn't change anything. I think everything happens for a reason. But you know, for me, maybe I would tell myself to be a little more patient, take your time, learn about the art of songwriting. It took me a while to get into that, but now it's such a passion of mine and don't be shy, you know, I think back then I was, my life was an open book because I started on national television, but I was still very reserved into myself. Um but now it's like the songs I'm writing, I love talking about my life and Five more minutes was for my grandfather. This is, it was for my wife and and now all these songs on the record are very personal to me. So