These days, it feels like the entire country music community is rooting for the success of Scotty McCreery, and with good reason. First off, he has a heart of gold. He has his priorities in order. And he has a voice that harkens back to the country music of yesteryear. But there is one more reason Scotty deserves all the stardom in the world.

He respects the past.

While he always finds ways to make music for the current country music fan, he also takes the time to honor all of those country music artists that came before him. Indeed, it’s those artists that ultimately led Scotty on his musical journey. And while some of his fans might not even have heard the names Conway Twitty or even Johnny Cash, Scotty is going to make sure they know those stars’ music.

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Nowhere was that commitment more evident than during his recent performance before the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina. During his pre-game concert, Scotty embarked on an eight-minute medley made up of some of the biggest songs in country music history. He started with “Hello Darlin’,” which Conway took to No. 1 back in 1970. That song led into “Forever and Ever, Amen” by the amazing Randy Travis. From there, he tore into “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash, which went right into “Chattahoochee” from Alan Jackson. Scotty ended the musical marathon with “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” a song John Michael Montgomery took to the top of the charts in 1995.


What made this musical melody even better was the fans’ reaction to each and every song. Not only did they seem thrilled to hear these songs of the past once again, but they also seemed to adore Scotty’s versions, not an easy task when you’re tackling the legends.

Way to go, Scotty!

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And if Scotty seemed extra pumped during this particular performance, that’s for good reason. Not only is he engaged to be married, but he also will be releasing his highly-anticipated third studio album, “Seasons Change,” on March 16. And yes, this album is quite personal for the North Carolina native.

“For the first time, I wrote all the songs on my album,” Scotty said in a recent press release about the album and the rising success of its first single, “Five More Minutes.” “It’s kind of my journal of the last few years: the ups and the downs. Whenever I think things are not going well, I’ve learned to just wait it out because the seasons change. If you want to know who I am and where I’m at right now, listen to this album. I feel like I’m having a conversation with everyone that listens. It’s that personal.”

We have a feeling this could be the album that will give Scotty the stardom he so deserves.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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