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INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Country singer Scotty McCreery was running a little behind when his mom called to ask if it would be OK if the interview could get pushed back maybe an hour.
It wasn't a problem, but the 19-year-old singer groaned, "Oh, God," and then laughed when he heard she'd been the one to call. Just the same, he said he really appreciated the extra help.
McCreery, who performs Saturday at the Clay Center, is probably a little bit busier than your average country artist. Outside of touring and trying to squeeze in production for his upcoming, still untitled sophomore record, McCreery is a freshman at North Carolina State University, where he's studying communications.
"College ain't no joke," he laughed. "I'm taking a full course load. It's 13 hours. It's Monday through Wednesday, and then we tour Thursday through Sunday."
The schedule, McCreery acknowledged, makes for a lot of long days and occasionally having to do homework on the bus. That's what he said he was supposed to do, anyway, but he acknowledged it's sometimes hard to make it happen.
"It's all time management," he said. "I have to get that down, and once I get into a rhythm, it will all go smoothly."
But right now, he's struggling, trying to strike that balance between being a college student and a country star.
Of course, there's nothing that says McCreery has to do both. Since his "American Idol" win in 2011, he's been one of the major success stories from the TV talent show.
His debut record, "Clear as Day," went platinum, selling more than a million copies. A Christmas record, "Christmas with Scotty McCreery," released last October, was certified gold.