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Views and opinions: One record label's loss is another's uncanny fortune


BITTERSWEET, Ky. — Let me start this column by saying, I am in no way a good businessperson. It’s just not my thing. And I would never try to tell someone how to run a business. It’s just not my thing.

But just because I don’t have a good business mind doesn’t mean I won’t question a business move that seems odd or unusual, or downright silly.

I say all that to say this: How could a record company drop an artist as accomplished as Scotty McCreery?

I interviewed Scotty a few years back when he was still relatively new. He was a pleasure to talk to and seemed like a person with a level head. Add to that a voice that is so good, and a stage presence that is so entertaining, it would seem inconceivable to me that a situation would ever arise where he didn’t have a record company.

But two years ago, he did indeed get cut by his then-record company. And his music was hot at the time. I just couldn’t figure it out.

Now before you all think that this guy is down on his luck and fading away into obscurity, think again. Like any good Southern boy, he didn’t let a stumble become a fall. One record label’s loss is another one’s gain.

Last year, McCreery signed on with a new label, and will release a new album in March with its first single, “Five More Minutes,” in the Top 10 on Billboard’s latest chart … and climbing.

This new album has 11 songs all co-written by McCreery, and I think it will be his best so far. In listening to this new music, I can see the growth in his performing and even in his look.

This guy is the kind of person who takes something like losing a record label and uses it to make lemonade. I know, that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but you know what I mean.

Scotty is currently touring all over the country while still pursuing his college degree, and word is he’s also planning to get married this year.

In seeing all his successes right now, I can’t help but wonder what happened to the person who cut him from that last record label!


Bluegrass Johnson comes from a long line of country music performers and enjoys a passion for the rhythm and melody. From the hills of Kentucky, he will offer his opinions on a variety of new country music each week. Readers with questions or comments may write to Johnson in care of this publication.