Scotty McCreery Takes 'Rise & Fall' To No. 1


Scotty McCreery Takes 'Rise & Fall' To No. 1

(EBM) On the heels of a packed ACM week that included headlining night two of Country Kickoff at the Star in front of a packed crowd and presenting at the 59th awards ceremony, Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery debuts atop Billboard's Current Country Album Chart with his fifth studio album Rise & Fall.

In addition, the album ranks No. 6 on Billboard's All-Genre Album Sales Chart. The news follows the new Grand Ole Opry member's sixth No. 1 hit on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase Chart with lead single "Cab in a Solo," and marks the fifth time one of his albums has debuted at No. 1 on a Billboard chart.

"I know every artist says it, but this is truly my favorite album I've made so far," shares McCreery. "I wanted to create an album that reflected the music I grew up on and wasn't chasing trends. So, I brought several of my songwriting buddies to the mountains of North Carolina to sit down and write a full-on country album that told a story, start to finish, and spoke to my soul. We've been performing most of the album live on the road and the response from the audiences has been overwhelming. I'm excited for everyone to finally hear Rise & Fall."

The North Carolina native knows all too well there's a rhythm to life and a cycle of ups and downs. And right now, he's on the upswing.

Now 30 years old and a seasoned country music veteran selling out concerts across the globe with six No. 1 hits under his belt, McCreery is also a dedicated husband and father, welcoming a son named Avery in 2022, whose impact on the singer is highlighted in several songs on the album. Recently, he even celebrated the milestone of all milestones for a guy who grew up on Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Ronnie Milsap; he was invited by his musical hero Garth Brooks to become the newest member of the iconic Grand Ole Opry. McCreery was just welcomed into the Opry family last month by two more of his heroes, Josh Turner and Randy Travis.

But folks like McCreery know it means more when you've seen the other side. For him, each highlight has come in contrast to a challenge - things like the loss of his first record deal and the year of naysaying uncertainty that followed before he built himself up again, brick by brick. As a result, Rise & Fall comes from an artist who knows to appreciate the ride - no matter where it leads.

"I feel like we're on the rise now, but I've fallen pretty low as well," McCreery admits. "I learned from every little part of that, and it helped me to know who I was as a person - let alone an artist. The rises and the falls helped craft these songs. They made this album what it is."

The album features No. 1 hit "Cab in a Solo" which was most added at Country radio upon its debut, with Billboard praising, "McCreery has been on a hot streak of well-crafted, notably performed songs," upon the track's release, noting he "continues to slake music listeners' affinity for '90s country, thanks to a neo-traditional sound connected to vivid lyricism."

In addition to the lead single McCreery has been rolling out a taste of the new music all year to great acclaim. Most recent release "Lonely" left Saving Country Music saying, "The mainstream country star has always charmed us with the richness of his voice..." while Taste of Country called the spiritual "Red Letter Blueprint," "nostalgic yet fresh" and Country Now notes " "Pure joy emulates through McCreery's baritone voice," on "Love Like This" while also calling "Can't Pass the Bar," "the perfect soundtrack to a Friday night." A full listing of the album's songs follows.

Rise & Fall track listing
(Songwriters in parentheses)
Little More Gone (Scotty McCreery, Brent Anderson, Derek George, Frank Rogers, Bobby Hamrick, Jeremy Bussey, Monty Criswell)
Cab in a Solo (Scotty McCreery, Brent Anderson, Frank Rogers)
Lonely (Scotty McCreery, Brent Anderson, Derek George, Frank Rogers, Bobby Hamrick, Jeremy Bussey, Monty Criswell)
Can't Pass the Bar (Scotty McCreery, Brent Anderson, Cale Dodds, Frank Rogers)
Hey Rose (Jay Brunswick, Jeremy Bussey, Bobby Hamrick)
Fall of Summer (Scotty McCreery, Brent Anderson, Derek George, Frank Rogers, Monty Criswell)
Love Like This (Scotty McCreery, Frank Rogers, Aaron Eshuis)
Slow Dance (Scotty McCreery, Brent Anderson, Derek George, Monty Criswell)
No Country for Old Men (Scotty McCreery, Brent Anderson, Derek George, Frank Rogers, Monty Criswell)
And Countin' (Scotty McCreery, Frank Rogers, Bobby Hamrick, Jeremy Bussey)
Stuck Behind a Tractor (Scotty McCreery, Chase McGill, Rhett Akins)
Red Letter Blueprint (Scotty McCreery, Derek George, Brent Anderson, Jeremy Bussey, Monty Criswell)
Porch (Scotty McCreery, Greylan James, Heather Morgan)

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