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Scotty McCreery just joined the star-studded lineup for the big tribute concert for Randy Travis coming up Feb. 8 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Picking just one of Randy’s songs to perform on the show will be a challenge for Scotty, who grew up singing and playing Randy’s songs.

Scotty tells Rare Country, “When I was younger, I played his songs on my guitar almost every night before going to sleep. Knowing that he was also from North Carolina showed me it was possible to follow my own dreams.”

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Just a few months ago, Scotty sang Randy’s hit, “1982,” on the Grand Ole Opry, and Randy got in touch with Scotty shortly after that performance.

Scotty adds, “Randy wasn’t there, but somehow he heard about it and tweeted me later that night. In the tweet he mentioned that he was a fan of my voice. That was unreal…that one of my heroes was a fan of my voice!”

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Scotty had the pleasure of meeting Randy and his wife, Mary, at the CMA Awards this past November.

He says, “I’m not sure I can accurately describe how awesome a moment that was for me. Randy is country music. Period.”

Now, Scotty can’t wait to cap it all off with a performance at the Randy Travis tribute show.

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He says, “I wish I could go back and tell 12-year-old Scotty that 23-year-old Scotty is going to pay tribute to his hero. This is going to be a fun night.”

Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols and Kane Brown are among the other stars confirmed for “1 Night. 1. Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis.” Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

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