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Scotty McCreery knows his way around a classic country hit like few of his peers currently claiming spots on the country charts. He first proved that to the world singing Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and George Strait’s “Check Yes or No” during his time on “American Idol” a few years back.

Scotty takes that mastery of the classic country sound to a new level with this nearly nine-minute medley at the Grand Ole Opry.

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Scotty doesn’t miss a beat as he kicks things off with the mournful 1970 ballad “Hello, Darlin'” from Conway Twitty. He keeps things going with a spot-on rendition of Randy Travis’s 1987 smash, “Forever and Ever (Amen).”


Things really ratchet up a notch as Scotty hits those low notes on Johnny Cash’s ’50s classic, “Folsom Prison Blues.” The medley continues with Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” which featured the audience singing a few lines back to Scotty. He closes things out with a high-energy cover of John Michael Montgomery’s 1994 tongue-twister, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).”

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As good as Scotty is at channeling country music history, he’s got a really good grasp on where it’s going, too. You can hear it in his latest hit, “Five More Minutes.” The heartwarming song and video have been streamed some 23 million times online. Check it out here.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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