Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scotty McCreery talks tour, college and new idol judges

Scotty McCreery (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Scotty McCreery (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

We caught up with Scotty McCreery last week and talked a little bit about life on the road, college and some of the new “American Idol” judges.

The Weekend Roadtrip tour with Sarah Darling fits well with McCreery’s college schedule, he says, allowing him to frontload his classes Monday through Wednesday before getting back out into what he calls the “real world.”

Though still fresh-faced at 19, McCreery also has some old-soul charm and presence. And he’s not afraid to show a few glimpses of humor, too, saying he wanted to call the tour the “Dadgum Scotty McCreery Tour ... but that got kind of shot down.”

He also marvels at some of the coincidences within the compressed time of his young career.
“I actually met [Sarah Darling] a couple of years ago. I was at a Braves game on an “Idol” tour and she was singing the anthem that day, and who’d a thunk, a couple years down the road, we’d be on tour together.”

McCreery says he’s trying to make his freshman experience at North Carolina State as normal as possible.  “I live with three of my boys that I’ve known since I was 2 years old,” he says, adding that he’s also gotten a couple of requisite parking tickets, plays intramural basketball and eats in the dining halls. Come Thursday, though, it’s back out on the road.

When asked about Keith Urban’s role as a judge on “American Idol,” the show that launched McCreery’s career, he says, “I love it. I think he’s giving out great advice, I think it’s great for any kind of country artist that might come onto that show.”

“I’m sure he’s going to have a lot of stories sitting between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.”
We asked if he thought that Minaj gets country music?  “I don’t see how she could. I mean, country music is, it’s kind of like that tight-knit kind of family thing, and she’s pretty far away from it, I would say.”  “She’s in her own niche, but that ain’t country.”