Scotty McCreery won hearts during Season 10 American Idol, with his classically country deep drawl, characteristic of a singer far beyond his years. The 21-year-old put that throwback-style voice to good use during a recent visit to the Grand Ole Opry, performing a tribute to one of the greats, George Jones' “The Grand Tour."

McCreery's smooth vocals glide effortlessly over the melody, as he sings with a genuine sense of impending heartbreak the song is about. During his set, McCreery walked the audience through the “tour," reminiscing of a love that just isn’t what it used to be. The song was originally released in 1974, just months before Jones’ divorce from Tammy Wynette, a somber foreshadowing of sorrow to come.

McCreery has been infusing several other classics into his sets this summer, including Alabama’s “Mountain Music,” Garth Brooks’ “Papa Loved Mama” and Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” He’s been the opener for Rascal Flatts on their Riot tour, playing amphitheaters and arenas all over the country.

The young artist will soon release his third studio album and was set to unveil the first taste, a tune called “Southern Belle,” in late June. The song’s release was unfortunately pushed back til September, but Taste of Country caught a listen just in time. The song is a fast-paced, Americana-inspired breath of fresh air. The album release date has not been revealed.

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