Scotty McCreery Returning To His Country Roots on Next Record

. (Radio.com) Scotty McCreery is leaving behind the pop-country hooks of his most recent album. In a new interview with Rolling Stone Country, the American Idol alum said that for his follow-up to 2013's See You Tonight fans can expect more classic country.

"We just had the meeting with the label and the album is a go," McCreery told Rolling Stone Country. "And I'm going to make a country music record. That's what I had to try to convey to the label and they were all for it. The stuff I grew up with was that kind of music--I want to have some depth and portray a different side."

McCreery's country roots run deep. During his performances on American Idol, he would sing songs by George Strait, Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt. Additionally, he said one of his favorite recorded songs is 'Carolina Moon," off See You Tonight. The ballad showcases the baritone singer's range and ability to sing a moving duet with a legend.

"I have songs like that one where I have Alison Krauss doing background vocals, and those are my favorite songs I've ever done," he said. "So I'll play the game a little, but I'm going to try to stay true to what I love." Read more here.

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