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April 30th ~ Cohen Community Series/ Yardley Hall ~ Overland Park ~ KS


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Cohen Community Series Presents Scotty McCreery


8:00 PM, April 30, 2022
Location: Yardley Hall

The Cohen Community Series presents multi-Platinum country music star Scotty McCreery in concert with hits from throughout his 10-year career, including songs from his new album, “Same Truck.”

All proceeds for this event go to JCCC scholarships and educational programs.



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About the Artist


It’s been a decade since Scotty McCreery burst onto the international stage with honest, relatable lyrics and smooth-as-velvet vocals. A down-to-earth demeanor that endears fans around the world, McCreery just released his highly anticipated fifth album, Same Truck, featuring 12 songs, with 10 co-written by him. The North Carolina native was catapulted into stardom when, at 17, he won season 10 of “American Idol” in 2011. He was both the first country artist and youngest male artist at the time to debut their first project at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Since then, McCreery has earned a Platinum and two Gold albums, sang for a president, opened for Garth Brooks, toured with Old Dominion, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, wrote a book (Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream), and made Steve Harvey laugh on “Celebrity Family Feud.”

On Same Truck, his warm bass vocals resonate with an emotional depth as he tells stories that touch hearts and bring people together. The album’s first single, “You Time,” recently climbed to the top of the country radio charts and he has just released the second single, “Damn Strait.” Whether he’s singing about loss (“The Waiter”), love (“You Time”), passion (“That Kind of Fire”) or faith (“How Ya Doin’ Up There?”), he pulls audiences into every one of his songs with an openness that has them singing along, eager to see what’s next.


Same Truck

The North Carolina native’s newest album started as something much different than it turned out. “We recorded a bunch of songs pre-pandemic and thought we had the album just about ready… and then the world shut down,” says McCreery. “I wound up… creating almost a whole new album from the perspective of reflecting on my last decade, yet also keeping an eye towards where I want to go.”

McCreery’s wife, Gabi, is the inspiration for the album’s love songs, which celebrate a couple who met the first day of kindergarten, dated in high school and married in June 2018. The steel-drenched country weeper, “Damn Strait,” cannily honors country music icon George Strait even as the singer bemoans the loss of his lover, associating Strait’s songs with her. “Every country fan has a George Strait story, and everyone has a memory attached to their favorite songs,” McCreery says.

Continuing with a ’90s country theme, McCreery wrote “It Matters to Her” with Rhett Akins and Lee Thomas Anderson. “The ’90s is my favorite era of country music, so writing with Rhett was perfect for this song.” Cascading guitars and shimmering keys create an airy and transportive atmosphere in “The Waiter,” a story of loss and enduring love that may cause a few tears. 

“It’ll Grow on Ya,” one of two songs on the album not written by McCreery, celebrates living at a slower pace, appreciating nature’s beauty and knowing your neighbors. “Carolina to Me” reflects McCreery’s love for his home state. Same Truck closes with “How Ya Doin’ Up There?” which forms a fitting bookend to the title track with soaring gospel-inflected tones in the chorus.

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12 minutes ago, sinycalone said:

The first clip was Small Town Girl, wasn't it?  Either way, he sounded great.

Yes it is ..and I knew that ..clueless why I wrote that ...Thanks have changed it 🤣  :peace:❤️

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We welcomed hundreds of patrons to the Midwest Trust Center at Johnson County Community College over the weekend for the rockin' Scotty McCreery show!
Since the first performance in 2008, these Cohen Community Series concerts have raised nearly $500,000 in student scholarships. A feat that would not be possible without the generous support of the community!
What a show! If you ever get the chance to see Scotty McCreery, don’t miss it. We held the 2022 Cohen Community Series concert last night after a two year break. And, the ticket sales got us to almost $500,000 in scholarship support since 2008. Thank you, Jon Stewart, for choosing to honor the life and legacy of Bart Cohen!
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