As Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery’s current U.S. Top 30 single races up the radio charts, the multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter has shared the official music video for ‘Damn Strait‘ following a YouTube premiere yesterday (8/2). ‘Damn Strait’ is McCreery’s fastest rising single of his career.
The video was filmed in the historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, where George Strait himself played for years honing his craft before landing a record deal and becoming the King of Country Music. It was McCreery’s first visit to the legendary venue. The video, like the song, pays homage to Strait, showcasing photos and memories from the beginning of his decades-long career while McCreery and band perform on the famed stage. ‘Damn Strait’ was directed by Austin, TX-based filmmaker Jeff Ray, who also directed McCreery’s videos for ‘Five More Minutes’, ‘This is It’ and ‘In Between’.
“‘Damn Strait’ is both a classic country heartbreak song as well as a tribute to George Strait,” said McCreery. “I knew I wanted to film it at a place that paid respect to both elements of the song. When my director Jeff Ray suggested Gruene Hall, where George performed regularly with his Ace in the Hole Band before becoming the legend that he is today, I knew that was the perfect location. You can feel the history and the music of country music’s past and present in every inch of that venue. I’ve wanted to visit Gruene Hall for a long time, and now that I have, I’m looking forward to eventually coming back there to do a show.”
Upon the song’s release, Rolling Stone named it a “Pick of the Week” calling it “clever songwriting, delivered by one of the genres’ best King George disciples,” while Billboard praises, “Another ace is the clever track ‘Damn Strait’, a rare outside cut on the project, penned by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins, in which McCreery name checks several of King George’s greatest hits.”
“I love the different tidbits in there of songs of his,” McCreery shared with Billboard. “It’s a classic country breakup song, but [it’s also] paying homage to George Strait throughout the song. It’s so cleverly written. If you’re a country fan, a George Strait fan, this song is so cool.”
‘Damn Strait’ follows McCreery’s fourth consecutive No. 1 single ‘You Time’, also from his fifth studio album Same Truck. Released in late 2021, the Garner, North Carolina native shifted his perspective to reflect on the last decade of his career and life with wife Gabi and dog Moose, with Tennessean sharing, “McCreery walks a sonic tightrope that leans into his country influences while not abandoning modern Music Row hitmaking,” while Sounds Like Nashville observes, “with 12 tracks in total, those songs ended up showing more maturity than ever, and exploring everything from the common bonds his fans share to the eternal flame of romance.”
Same Truck was produced by Frank Rogers, Aaron Eshuis and Derek Wells, the team who produced his previous project, the RIAA Gold-certified Seasons Change which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and contained three consecutive No. 1 hits: the Double RIAA Platinum-certified ‘Five More Minutes’, Platinum-certified ‘This is It’, and Gold-certified ‘In Between’. McCreery co-wrote every song on that album.
McCreery will continue his 2022 Same Truck Tour this Thursday (10/2) at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan. He’s also heading to Europe for the three-day C2C (Country To Country) Festival in the UK/Ireland, as well as his own headlining dates in Germany and the Netherlands. Tickets are available at ScottyMcCreery.com:
March 11 – 3Arena (C2C) – Dublin, Ireland
March 12 – 02 Arena (C2C) – London, England
March 13 – OVO Hydro (C2C) – Glasgow, Scotland
March 16 – Bahnhof Pauli – Hamburg, Germany
March 17 – Zoom – Frankfurt, Germany
March 18 – Hansa 39 – Munich, Germany
March 19 – Melkweg OZ – Amsterdam, The Netherlands