Though Scotty McCreery is an experienced tour headliner, he’s looking forward to transitioning back into the role of opening act when he hits the road with Old Dominion on their 2019 Make it Sweet Tour in November.
Sitting down with the Nashville media, McCreery shares that while his encounters with the five-member band have been brief, he did get the chance to visit with them during the 2019 ACM Awards in Las Vegas and thanked them for inviting him to join the tour named after their most recent No. 1 single. “I love being a headliner and doing an hour and a half show, but sometimes it’s even more fun to open up for the people you love and pack a big punch in 45 minutes,” he explains.
McCreery’s upcoming 2019 European Tour in October marks his fourth venture as a headlining act, but he admits that some of the pressure is relieved serving as direct support. Previously opening for Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, the American Idol winner uses his opening slot as an opportunity to learn from the main act, observing the successes of their shows and applying those skills to his own. “I feel like for me, that’s the No. 1 thing is just learning. I love being side stage and just watch the show and pick up on things that I can put in my own show,” he says.
When McCreery takes the stage before Old Dominion in eight cities across the U.S., he’ll be opening for a band that has six No. 1 hits and started their careers as songwriters penning chart-toppers for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and more. The “Five More Minutes” singer says he’s open to collaborating with the elite group of writers on the road. “If they want to get the guitars out after the show or before the show and write some songs, I’d be more than happy, because they’re killing the game over there,” he praises, adding that he’s also excited to establish a relationship with the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year. “I’ve never had the chance to hang with them before, so that’s what I’m looking forward to, just getting to know them and good times. We always have a good time on the road.”
McCreery’s trek with Old Dominion begins Nov. 1 in Tampa, Fla. and concludes on Nov. 23 in Moline, Ill. The band will continue on the Make it Sweet Tour in 2020, with two dates scheduled in Hawaii in January.