OFFSTAGE: Which Keith Urban Song Will Scotty McCreery Take On?

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Scotty McCreery was only 4 when Keith Urban released his album The Ranch. So I doubt that album was a big influence on him, musically. Still, McCreery told that his debut album might have an old Keith Urban song on it. “There’s technically going to be one cover,” McCreery said of the song selection. “Keith Urban pitched a song my way, and it’s one he did way back when he was part of the band called the Ranch. He’s on tour right now, so we don’t know, but he said he might play guitar on the track.” But while he gave no hint as to which song it might be, I think I could probably narrow it down. I could definitely hear McCreery on tunes like “Homespun Love,” “My Last Name” or “Desiree.” Then again, the honky-tonker “Hank Don’t Fail Me Now” is probably the coolest track on that album and would raise McCreery’s cool factor considerably. My favorite song from The Ranch (and possibly my favorite cheatin’ song of all time) is “Man of the House.” But the racy theme — lonely housewife, rich husband, temporary lover — may not be age-appropriate for McCreery. Or his fans, for that matter.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.