In the final rounds of the tenth season of American Idol, Scotty McCreery delivered a hip-shaking good time with the help of Elvis Presley‘s “That’s All Right, Mama.” While he may have only been 17 years old at the time, the talented vocalist more than held his own with his take on The King’s ’50s hit.
“This week I’m singing ‘That’s All Right, Mama’ by The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley,” said a young McCreery. “As a kid I was a huge Elvis fan, so it seemed very fitting to sing Elvis this week.”
“That’s All Right, Mama” was released by Presley in July of 1954, and went on to be regarded by Rolling Stone magazine as number 113 on their 2010 list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Now in his mid-20s, McCreery has become known for his devotion to keeping country music as traditional and classic as he can. The singer might still be young, but he’s earned credibility amongst traditionalists for his knack at covering classic songs released long before he was born.
The young artist was named the Season 10 champion of American Idol, facing off in the finale against fellow country singer Lauren Alaina. Both artists have gone on and started their own successful country music careers.
He continues to amaze us, even years after his American Idol debut! You can listen to McCreery’s rendition of “That’s All Right Mama” below and let us know what other songs you think he should cover!