WATCH: Scotty McCreery Pays Tribute to George Strait at Historic Gruene Hall in New ‘Damn Strait’ Music Video
The clip that just came out for At Scotty McCreery’s latest single, “Damn Strait”, pays tribute to the “king of country music”, George Strait.
The clip, shared Tuesday night (February 8), shows the North Carolina native visiting historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, where George Strait himself played for years to hone his craft before landing a contract recording and launching his signature country music. career.
McCreery’s visit to the legendary ballroom, which was built in 1878, marked his first visit to the famous venue.
The black-and-white music video features footage of McCreery and his band performing on the famous Texas stage, interspersed with photos and memorabilia from Strait’s decades-long career.
The music video was directed by Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Jeff Ray, the same videographer who also directed McCreery’s music videos for “Five More Minutes”, “This Is It” and “In Between”.
“‘Damn Strait’ is both a classic country song and a tribute to George Strait,” McCreery said when the video was released. “I knew I wanted to film it in a location that respected 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 he is today, I knew it was the perfect place.
Visiting Gruene Hall was something McCreery will never forget.
“You can feel the history and music of country music‘s past and present in every inch of this place,” he added. “I’ve wanted to visit Gruene Hall for a long time, and now that I did, I can’t wait to possibly come back to do a show.”
Co-written by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins, “Damn Strait” appears on McCreery’s fifth studio album, same truck. The song quickly became the fastest single of her career.
Throughout the track, McCreery references several Strait songs, including “”Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her”, “Marina del Rey”, “Baby Blue”, “Blue Clear Sky”, “Give It Away” and “I Hate Everything.”
“Straight out of a Blue Clear Sky the other day / You came in my truck / Couldn’t turn it off fast enough / Tried to get back in the game / But that old heart didn’t just ain’t the same / Hell I can’t even give it,” McCreery sings in the second verse.
The track is one of two tracks McCreery didn’t write on his latest album, however, he says he immediately connected to it.
“Every once in a while you hear a song that sounds so much like you,” McCreery recalled in a recent press release. “I grew up a huge George Strait fan, and when I heard this song I put my hand up and said, ‘I want this one. Every country fan has a George Strait story, and everyone has a memory attached to their favorite songs.
CURIOSITY: George Strait is the first country artist that McCreery saw in concert and when he saw his show, he said to himself: “I will do that one day”.
McCreery is currently in the middle of his Same Truck Tour, which runs through the end of February 2022, with support from Callista Clark, King Calaway, Kameron Marlowe and Tenille Arts on select dates.
Following his headlining Same Truck Tour, the hitmaker will head overseas for the three-day C2C festival in Ireland and the UK, as well as some of his own headlining tour dates in Germany and the Netherlands.
Tickets for McCreery’s tour are on sale now at ScottyMcCreery.com.
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