âWell, we had a album that was almost ready to releaseâ¦ but then we only had a year, a year and a half to sit down with a guitar, write songs and come up with ideas, âsaid Scotty McCreery in the latest episode of American Songwriter’s Off The Record. âWe removed most of the discs that were ready in advance and created a brand new disc called Same truck. “
Since I won American Idol in 2011, McCreery can’t remember a time when he had more free time than last year in quarantineâ¦ and the extra space for creativity certainly shows on the liner of the 12 country tunes. Same truck. From the hit single “You Time” to the mid-tempo swagger of a track like “Why You Gotta Be Like That”, you can tell that not only is the 28-year-old artist at the top of his game, but he ‘s also a lot of fun.
âI started doing all of this when I was 16â¦ I haven’t had time like this at home since I was 15! McCreery reflects. âSo I was upstairs in my bedroom playing guitar like I was a kid again. I hadn’t done this for a long time. It made me love it all again, you know? I have to write songs that are really close to my heart – you’re in a little different headspace, going through a global pandemic. “
Yet as he drew on some of the childhood wonders that inspired him to start playing music as a child, McCreery’s version reflected on Same truck is certainly an older and more mature artist. âThis record is really me sitting down – like we all had to do last year – and taking that view 30,000 feet from everything,â he explained. âTo be grateful for the little things, the things that I have learned, as a man and as a husband. I think it clearly shows from the perspective of writing a lot of this album. “
Beyond that, McCreery also spoke about the inspiration behind “You Time”, the unifying power of music, the impact American Idol had on his art, and much more.
Watch the full episode below:
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