Friday, February 17, 2012

Scotty McCreery is one of the country hotshots Superstar Paisley teams up with for 'Virtual Reality' tour

Scotty McCreery, who won "American Idol" last year, calls his first post-"Idol" tour with Brad Paisley "a huge learning experience." "It's a lot of fun," he said from a tour stop in Oregon. "I go out there every single night, put on my ball cap and jeans and watch Brad Paisley. Every night's different. He puts on a great show. I'm learning so much. I'm having the time of my life."
McCreery is the greenest member of Paisley's "Virtual Reality" world tour, which touches down tonight at NMSU's Pan Am Center. The show, which also features the Band Perry, sold out all 9,000 tickets two weeks ago. thumbsup.gif It's not only a commercially appealing triple-bill, which the Seattle Times called "probably the biggest country show of the year," it's also a snapshot of country music today. It's steeped in tradition but the lines between traditional country and pop have become blurrier these days. He's joined on tour by two of the music's hottest young acts, who have gotten even hotter since the tour was announced last fall. "They were booked right when they were on the cusp of breaking out," said Bobbie Welch, booking and marketing coordinator for NMSU Special Events. "Whoever put that together was right on," she added. yes.gif McCreery, 18, is on his first proper tour since last summer's "American Idols Live!" trek. His debut album, "Clear As Day," came out a year after the Band Perry's album. It's already sold more than 1 million copies, and was the first album by a new country artist to top the Billboard 200 album chart in its first week of release. McCreery appreciates it. The Garner, N.C., grew up on a steady diet of Elvis, Little Richard, Haggard, Cash and Twitty. He's got a low tenor that's older than his years, but he likes new sounds, too. "I'm trying to have a mix of the old-style influence but keep it contemporary and up to date with today's music. Country is going more mainstream," he said, noting that both he and "Idol" runnerup Lauren Alaina are country artists. "It's cool to see that 'Idol' wasn't strictly country fans. People all over the country were watching," he said. "It ended up a country finale." McCreery plans to learn as much as he can from the accessible headliner. One particular observation stands out. "It's definitely the way he conducts himself, feeling the music and connecting to the crowd," McCreery said. "He's one of the best I've seen."

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