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Scotty McCreery opens up about this big part of his life Al Wagner/Invision/AP
Scotty McCreery performs at Riverfront Stage at the CMA Music Festival on Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)

It’s hard not to visualize our favorite country music artists living the dream life inside of a mansion.

But, spending time in a big and beautiful home that overlooks a sprawling bed of land and has multiple rooms, a large swimming pool and an immaculately decorated interior isn’t always the case for the rich and famous.

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In fact, there are many months out of a year when celebrities are busy traveling on the road. Thus, they’re spending more time on their tour buses. Not only do they sacrifice their backyards and bedrooms, but they also share their space with crew members and bandmates.

Scotty McCreery, who won season 10 of “American Idol,” is no stranger to being out on the road. Now that he’s in the midst of his fifth U.S. tour, the “Five More Minutes” star is opening up about journeying across state lines.

“The road life takes a while to get used to,” Scotty tells Van Winkles, “I mean, I was just your typical kid playing high school baseball and bagging groceries before all this started. Now, even though I’ve been on the road a bit, I never really get used to it.”

Scotty shares his bus with a dozen other people and admitted that he brings his home pillow in order to feel comfortable when he falls asleep.

“We sleep in bunks. It’s not big at all, but it’s dark, and when you close the curtain you don’t know if its 2 a.m. or 2 p.m.,” said Scotty. “The darkness is great and the engine’s just kind of humming you to sleep. It’s pretty nice.”

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He then added, “It’s a closed-off area so you just hope that nobody had beans for dinner or anything like that because it all kind of stays right there. But it’s all good. Occasionally you’ll hear somebody snoring pretty loudly, and you’ll just bang on their bunk real quick and they’ll shut up.”

On Sept. 8, you can catch Scotty when he performs in Athens, Ohio at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. From there, he’ll travel to Carmel, Indiana to perform at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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