By Maxim Mower
Scotty McCreery has followed up his much-loved 2023 anthem, ‘Cab in a Solo’, with a new song, ‘Can't Pass The Bar’, which again showcases McCreery's penchant for witty wordplay.
The track explores a comparatively raucous, uptempo feel compared to the sinuous, heartbroken ‘Cab in a Solo’, with the North Carolina singer-songwriter painting a vivid picture of an assortment of characters in a dive, all of whom ‘Can't Pass The Bar’.
The satisfying punchline flips the classic legal phrase, where lawyers have to ‘pass the bar’ in order to practice, into a light-hearted comment on how Scotty's bar buddies can't ‘pass the bar’ without dropping in for a few drinks and a good time.
He sets the scene by explaining how his friends are sheltering under the neon glow as they put off the problems of the outside world (“Jessie's a mechanic / His mother-in-law's a manic / His new wife's in a panic / Saying when you coming home”).
After a barnstorming verse, the high-octane instrumental launches into a honky-tonkin’ hook, with a flurry of twangy guitars combining with Scotty McCreery's signature baritone to produce an earworm that's sure to surge up the charts in the coming months.
Following another strong release from the ‘Five More Minutes’ hitmaker, the sense of anticipation has been taken up another notch ahead of Scotty's eagerly awaited Same Truck follow-up record, which is widely expected to arrive this year.
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