Pick 6: Scotty McCreery Picks His 6 Favorite Characters From ‘Yellowstone’

by Jim Casey

Scotty McCreery sat down with Outsider to chat about his six favorite characters from the TV drama Yellowstone.

Outsider is flipping the script with its new interview series, Pick 6. Sure, we can talk to country artists all day long about country music, but we thought it would be fun to put them on the defensive with three random topics and let them pick.

In the hot seat today: Scotty McCreery. From American Idol winner to bona fide country star, Scotty is currently working on the follow-up to his 2018 No. 1 album, Season’s Change. The 11-song offering featured three No. 1 singles: “Five More Minutes,” “This Is It,” and “In Between.” The 27-year-old’s new single, “You Time,” is currently Top 40 on country radio.

Let’s see if Scotty can Pick 6.

Scotty McCreery’s Picks

Outsider: Alright, Scotty, you ready for your three random topics?

Scotty: Let’s do it.

Outsider: Favorite golf courses? Favorite fast-food chicken? Favorite Yellowstone characters?

Scotty: Oh, man. Yeah. All good options there. I could talk golf all day, chicken too. Why don’t we do . . . I’m not the biggest TV guy, but I really fell in love with Yellowstone, so I want to do that.

Outsider: Get us started.

6. Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham)

Scotty: I’m going to start with Thomas Rainwater, the head of the Broken Rock Reservation. For me, when I started watching the show, I almost didn’t want to like him because he was interfering with the Duttons and their land, and I was rooting for them. But you kind of learn that he’s just a good guy sticking up for what he believes in, and so you respect him for that.

5. Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes)

Scotty: I love Kayce. He’s in the family, he’s got to do what he’s got to do, but you can tell that he still has that moral compass in his heart about what he sees as right and wrong. You can tell when he’s feeling bad. He’s got to raise a family, and he’s looking out for his wife and his kid. But sometimes being a part of the Duttons leaves you no choice. And Kayce always gets the job done.

4. Jimmy Hurdstrom (Jefferson White)

Scotty: Jimmy. He just cracks me up. Jimmy is just that guy. He feels like he just is a screw-up, but he keeps trying, and he’s going to fit in, he’s going to make it work. The bull-riding stuff, he was not cut out for it initially, but he learns, and he grows, and he gets better. Definitely was not made for the ranch, but they say you can learn. And I think he did a good job of learning. And he cracks me up.

3. Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser)

Scotty: Rip is a man’s man, big burly dude that you just don’t want to cross. For me, I always wish I was better with my hands or I could do more outdoorsy stuff, like riding horses. That, to me, just seems like the dream. Now, some of the stuff he’s got to take care of does not seem like the stuff that I want to be taking care of, like him driving people to the train station. Obviously, that would freak me out. I could never do that kind of stuff. But whatever John Dutton needs, Rip makes happen. He’s a tough guy, but also has a softer side that Beth brings out.

2. John Dutton (Kevin Costner)

Scotty: I’ll go with John Dutton, but I am going back and forth with two and one. But man, I think Kevin Costner absolutely crushes this role. He just makes the show with his delivery and that voice. I’ve never heard Kevin Costner talk like that before, but it’s so believable. He’ll do anything for his family. He’ll do anything to protect what he thinks is his, and his land, and the legacy. John will do anything, to a fault. There is no BS with him. That’s pretty awesome.

1. Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly)

Scotty: I think Beth Dutton is amazing. Again, the no BS, doesn’t take crap from anyone. The biggest, baddest dude at the bar should be afraid of Beth because she is the real deal. The tornado. She cracks me up, too. She’s funny. And she’s crazy. She’s smart. And she’s tough. To me, she’s the best character on the show.