Are you up for a cocktail of heartbreak and nostalgia? Well, that’s what you’re about to get on this steel-drenched, country weeper – “Damn Strait” by Scotty McCreery.
The song hit country radio airwaves just last month, and since then, it’s picked up more station adds than any other Scotty McCreery songs to date. The single follows his latest No. 1 hit, “You Time,” and is sure to extend his streak of top spot hits.
Well, it’s no surprise as it is filled with references to none other than the country’s favorite, the great George Strait. “I Hate Everything,” “Give It Away,” “Marina Del Rey,” and “Blue Clear Sky” were just some of the numerous Strait song titles that are beautifully weaved throughout the single.
Story Behind The Song
“Damn Strait” tips one’s hat to the King of Country as told from the point of view of a man who can no longer listen to his favorite George Strait songs as they remind him of the woman who left him behind.
The heartbroken ballad was written by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins, making it one of two songs McCreery did not write for his just recently released, 12-song collection Same Truck. But the moment he heard the lyrics honoring one of his heroes, McCreery was immediately on board.
Scotty McCreery, who revealed to grow up being a big fan of Strait, said that some songs just sometimes sound so much like you. So, the first time he heard “Damn Strait,” the North Carolina native recalled raising his hand to say, “‘I want this one.’ Every country fan has a George Strait story, and everyone has a memory attached to their favorite songs.”
And indeed, it’s an ode to Strait and a classic country heartbreak song wrapped into one. Make sure to listen to Scotty McCreery’s “Damn Strait” in the video below.