Scotty McCreery Plays Teacher at Illinois Tour Stop

Accomplishing more in a 90-minute set than most 19-year-old college kids accomplish in the entirety of their spring break, country crooner Scotty McCreery took his Weekend Roadtrip tour stop at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Ill., as the perfect opportunity to teach us all a little something.

He introduced the music of Strait, Haggard and Cash to 12-year-old girls with flowers in their hair. He sang the music of Elvis and Garth Brooks to mothers and grandmothers. And as he has done since the moment he introduced himself to the world on American Idol as Scott McCreery, he spoke without saying a word via a cross bouncing up and down from around his neck. Yet there were also moments throughout the evening when Scotty reminded us all that he is still just a freshman in college with some insatiable cravings.

“Here I am in Chicago and I didn’t get any dad-gum deep-dish pizza," he said with the “aww shucks” attitude that made America fall in love with him in the first place.

Kicking off the night with the older sounding, yet still purely innocent new single “Rock the Night," Scotty and his fans were off for the ride. Fronting a five-piece band and wiping the sweat off his brow like a major league pitcher, Scotty pleased the sold-out crowd with favorites such as “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls,” and created a tween frenzy by signing a handful of autographs during “Write Your Number on my Hand.” He also gave anxious fans an early listen to some new material, including “Suntan” [with the line nothing better than a hot girl with cool shades] and what he called "the first good song I think I have written,"  “See U Tonight."

“All I have ever wanted to do was wave the country music flag loud and proud for y’all,” he exclaimed toward the end of the evening.

So far, you have, Scotty. We give you an A.

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