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Here's the Garth Brooks song from American Idol that put young country star Scotty McCreery on the map

Scotty McCreery is becoming a household name in the country music universe but before that, he got his start on American Idol.

Singing the Garth Brooks hit, “The River,” McCreery gives it a twang of his own.

The song, released in 1991, was written for stadium sing-a-longs.

It was written for Brooks by his friend Victoria Shaw, who described the pair as “big dreamers.”

In an interview with the Tennessean, she explains the background of the song:

It’s funny, I just drove by the little house I wrote that song in, in East Nashville. …I hadn’t seen that house — I don’t even know when I was last in that part of East Nashville, and I drove by it and was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s even smaller than I remember!’ …And I remembered it being small. But I wrote a lot of good songs in that house. I met Garth at the Opryland Hotel during Country Radio Seminar. His album hadn’t come out yet, but his managers introduced me, and we just became friends.

That song really summed up where we were, such dreamers. We’re still like that. But we were such big dreamers and really inspired. He came over and we wrote this song. I’ve told this story, that we put (the recording) on the boombox, and he’s sitting on the floor and I’m sitting on the couch, listening to it over and over, and he said, ‘Can’t you just imagine a stadium full of people waving their lighters, singing this song?’ And I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s so delusional. People don’t do that in country.’ And I learned such a good lesson.

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