Friday, July 13, 2012

Fans love Scotty McCreery's down-to-earth talent


Concert Review: Lancaster, PA
Jan Baderak of Ephrata was sitting off to the side of the American Music Theatre, a bemused smile on her face, as a huge swarm of people headed in Thursday night.
But she understood why the sellout crowd at the 1,600-seat theater was in such a hurry to see headliner Scotty McCreery.
McCreery is not just a great singer, but the teen also gives her hope for the future.
"You can just tell he was brought up right," she said. "It's reassuring to hear someone like him."
McCreery, whose "American Idol" victory in 2011 propelled him to fame, did not disappoint his fans at AMT Thursday night.
With a maturity beyond his years and a talented bass voice like no other, McCreery wowed his enthusiastic fans.
Wearing a T-shirt, blue jeans, boots and his trademark cross necklace, McCreery hit the ground running with the song "Walk in the Country," and roared through a 70-minute concert that was riveting from start to finish.
"He sounds like a great young man," said Carl Caruthers of Conestoga. "And when he sings, he sounds a young Alan Jackson."
While you'd expect a good-looking teen to draw 1,600 screaming girls, the crowd Thursday was a mix of families, teens and older adults.
McCreery's songs are about simple, small-town pleasures and strong values, as spelled out in "Water Tower Town," his newest single.
He did that one to a rousing ovation Thursday, as well as his hits "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble With Girls."
Thursday's concert was just the latest show in a busy early summer for the 18-year-old McCreery.
He has been on the road opening for country megastar Brad Paisley, and is returning to this area for a concert — along with The Band Perry, and Paisley headlining — Oct. 6, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
McCreery recently graduated from high school in North Carolina, where, among other things, he pitched for the baseball team. He plans to begin classes at North Carolina State this fall.
He told Billboard magazine that performing is what he wants to do for the rest of his life.
"I Love You This Big" is from McCreery's full-length debut album, "Clear as Day," released last fall. It went platinum in January.
McCreery also has started working on what will be his second album, and is starting to write songs of his own, after his first CD was penned by others.
And when he comes back to AMT or a larger venue, you just know that many of the fans at Thursday's show will be back, cheering him on.


  1. Wonderful article! Yes, America's Scotty is loved!
    He is definitely America's role model!

  2. Thanks . Had good breakfast reading ur article. A whole.some young man I hope to have my 5 grandkids have as their role model.


  3. GREAT Article!! Yes he is America's Belove Scotty.he will always be loved.And he is going to be the megastar country star.Love you Scotty A lot.


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