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Anyone who follows Scotty McCreery on social media knows that he is a diehard ...
Anyone who follows Scotty McCreery on social media knows that he is a diehard Patriots fan. Although McCreery was born and raised in North Carolina, he has family ties to New England, so being a Patriots fan came naturally to him.
“My dad grew up in [New] England — Maine and New Hampshire — so he kind of raised me that way from an early age and it kind of stuck, so I’m glad,” McCreery said during an interview for Fox 5 News. “I love the Pats Nation. It’s been fun.”
Since McCreery is so well-known for his enthusiasm of all things Patriots, it came as no surprise when he was named as the headliner of the team’s rally in Houston on Saturday (February 4). Joined by the Patriots’ team mascot, cheerleaders, owner Robert Kraft, and tight end Rob Gronkowski, McCreery performed all of his hits for the packed crowd.
McCreery also took the time to honor Texas native and country music legend, George Strait. Known for his other incredible covers of country icons, McCreery made country music proud with his rendition of Strait’s classic hit “Check Yes or No.”
Released in 1995, “Check Yes or No” was the lead single off of Strait’s first box set, Strait Out of the Box. The sweet song was a fast hit, and eventually checked off the top spot on the charts in both the U.S. and Canada. To this date, it remains one of Strait’s most recognizable songs.
There’s a lot to live up to when it comes to covering “The King of Country.” But McCreery managed to make him proud with his rendition of “Check Yes or No” at the Patriots rally.
A fan captured part of McCreery’s performance in a video that they later shared online. The clip shows McCreery wearing a Patriots jersey, with a group of the team’s cheerleaders behind him. The cheerleaders danced and clapped along as he sang, and we’re sure plenty of people in the crowd were doing the same!
McCreery decided to go for the unplugged approach with his cover, with only a couple of acoustic guitar players to back him up. The result was a sincere performance that perfectly showcased the depths of McCreery’s vocal talent.
Tune in below to check out McCreery’s rendition of “Check Yes or No” that has everybody talking. We could never get tired of hearing McCreery sing Strait’s songs!