Scotty McCreery Shares the Story Behind ‘Damn Strait’ [EXCLUSIVE]

With only a few days until the release of Scotty McCreery‘s long-awaited Same Truck album, the North Carolina native has dropped another song, “Damn Strait,” from the record. Written by Trent Tomlinson and Joe Collins, the song is one of only two that McCreery didn’t write from his upcoming record, but one that he knew right away was perfect for his next set of tunes.

“I was writing songs left and right,” McCreery tells Everything Nash. “We had the songs put on there, but for me, when I heard a song ‘Damn Strait,’ I immediately raised my hand and said, ‘Me, me, me.’ It’s such a cool song. It’s so cleverly written. And obviously I’m a massive George Strait fan. It just sounded so much like me.”

The only other song on Same Truck not written by McCreery is “It’ll Grow On You,” which was instead written by Jeremy Bussey, Jason Blaine, Taylor Phillips and Adam Wood.

“The minute I heard that one, it just took me back to where I grew up and how I grew up,” McCreery says. “I believed the songs. For me to sing it, I gotta believe it. I gotta feel it. And both of those songs did that for me.”

McCreery previously said that Same Truck likely wouldn’t exist, at least in its current state, if not for the challenges of the previous year.

“We had a lot of an album done pre-COVID, and I was excited about it,” McCreery tells Everything Nash. “I was proud of it, but I definitely felt like there was another level we could get to. If we’re looking for a silver lining in the last year for me as a career, I think it gave me that time to sit back and write more songs and reflect on life, and where I was at in life. We wrote a lot more songs over COVID and recorded basically another whole project in the middle of it all. That’s what you now hear with Same Truck as the album. I think one of the songs that was going to be on that first batch of an album made it to this one and the rest we had to part with, which was still tough, ’cause I love them. But this record is where I’m at right now.”

Download “Damn Strait,” and pre-order Same Truck, at ScottyMcCreery.com.

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