Scotty McCreery Rocks Hometown Crowd for Ram Country Live: Watch Again Dec. 11! - Rolling Stone
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Scotty McCreery Rocks Hometown Crowd for Ram Country Live

Scotty McCreery

Jackson Lee Davis

“This is a good vibe for me,” announced a grinning Scotty McCreery, addressing a cheering crowd at the historic Carolina Theater in Durham, NC. Truer words were never spoken: McCreery, himself a Carolina boy from neighboring Raleigh, no doubt felt completely at home with an adoring hometown audience cheering him on.

McCreery’s Nov. 19 special performance for Ram Country Live attracted a line of fans stretching around the block for a chance to see the Season 10 “American Idol” winner deliver his special brand of traditional-yet-fresh country. While they waited, McCreery chatted with Ram Country about his latest album (See You Tonight, released last month), life as a college sophomore at North Carolina State University, and some of his guilty pleasures (Katy Perry tunes, cookies-n-cream Hershey bars).

As loyal followers of the 20-year-old’s career might expect, McCreery noted that the growth between his 2011 debut and the current record is noticable due to the perspective he’s gained leaving his teenage years. However, the singer was not a bit short of youthful exuberance when he hit the stage, treating the crowd to a mix of hits from both of his studio albums, including “The Trouble With Girls,” “I Love You This Big,” “Write My Number On Your Hand,” and first single off the new record, “See You Tonight.”

In all, McCreery rocked out 13 songs with two encores…but that wasn’t it. Fans were instructed to remain in their seats for a special treat. The singer (who also has a Christmas album under his belt, and says he’d like to record more seasonal music) then returned and performed two Christmas tunes to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

If you missed McCreery’s boot-stompin’ show, which was live streamed on Ram Country that night — never fear. Just mark your calendars to visit Ram Country on Dec. 11: We’ll be offering select performances from the concert, plus McCreery’s interview, and more!   


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