Scotty McCreery Brings Authentic Country Sound to ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

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Scotty McCreery paid tribute to a country legend with his recent performance of “Damn Strait” on The Kelly Clarkson Show. The song is off of his new album, Same Truck, which is currently sitting at No. 58 on the iTunes Top 100 Country Songs Chart. The Season 10 American Idol winner is a huge George Strait fan and jumped at the opportunity to do a song inspired by him.


Scotty McCreery Performs ‘Damn Strait’

Clarkson introduced McCreery with a sweet anecdote about how they both share the common bond of being American Idol winners. She applauded McCreery’s nod to the “king of country” but brought some humor into it by adding, “not you Shelton.” Blake Shelton may be the king of The Voice, but there are so many country music OG’s like Strait who paved the way for up-and-coming country artists.

McCreery sounded pitch-perfect during his performance of this humble country tune. “Damn Strait” is full of references to Strait and his legendary music career. McCreery makes a mention of Strait’s hits “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” and “Marina Del Rey” among others. The song has a very romantic feel and tells the story of a couple that loves Strait’s music.

“Every now and then you hear a song that sounds so much like you,” the American Idol winner said in a 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.”


McCreery’s voice is one that you will never get tired of. This is a new and unique spin on the format of a traditional country ballad. “Damn Strait” does sound like it could be a staple on country radio stations this fall. It is clear that the North Carolina native takes inspiration from Strait, but is still able to sound completely different. McCreery has come a very long way from his days singing “Your Man” on American Idol and finding fame with his rich tone.

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