Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Scotty McCreery shows he's more than Idol

Hard Rock Cafe, Boston, July 2, 2012
Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

It would be easy to dismiss Scotty McCreery because he came from the manufactured musical world of American Idol. That would also be an incorrect assumption because the ultra-deep voiced McCreery makes it clear that when he said he was a country artist on AI, he meant it. Just saying you're country doesn't mean you are. In McCreery's case, he is.

McCreery is now all of 18 (he pointed out during the show that he was in Vegas for an awards show in December, but being 17, there's not a ton to do in Sin City. So, he checked out Garth Brooks) with a hit debut CD and song under his belt. Not bad for a young gun.

But McCreery also showed he was no greenhorn during this WKLB radio show before a sold-out, but far smaller crowd than his normal gig. McCreery sings with a lot of confidence, and he has one full-bodied voice that definitely recalls his idol, Josh Turner. Doing the American Idol tour probably helped educate McCreery about stage presence, but fortunately he also didn't have the fluffiness musically of Idol.

McCreery pretty much kept it straight-ahead country on songs like Walk in the Country, Write My Number On Your Hand and his new single Water Town Town.McCreery may not quite have a distinctive sound just yet, but he does a good job of delivering the songs.

Justin Ward, who played pedal steel, slide guitar and banjo, was particular helpful in keep a more traditional country vibe going. Lead acoustic guitarist Matt Revere added much with a lot of sharp licks.

You can tell a lot about an artist based on the covers they choose. In the case of McCreery, he consistently hit the mark by playing country songs (for the most part) instead of going rock.

That included George Strait's Check Yes or No, Garth Brooks' The Dance, which McCreery told the crowd that Brooks told him after they met in Vegas that it was his favorite song, Travis Tritt's T-R-O-U-B-L-E, before closing the rocking (country?) of Montgomery Gentry's high-powered Gone, which McCreery performed on Idol.

For some singers, American Idol can be a double-edged sword given whether you're a fan or not. But in McCreery's case, he has gone beyond the limitations of American Idol to show that he's an artist with far more to show than winning a talent show.


I only posted the part of the article reviewing Scotty. To view the entire article:
http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/concertreview.asp?xid=681

54 comments:

  1. WTT fell to #3 tonight on WPOC Baltimore's Most wanted ,but had 64.29 votes to TK #1 with 12.09 help keep Scotty in the top 5 ,lets keep him on the radio!

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  2. by the way.... love the new banner.... he is something special!

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    1. He is... cute as ever, in more ways then one.

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  3. Wow! I like the banner. Is this a recent picture? He is really a cutie...adorable!

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    1. I think these were right after he won AI?

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  4. Love the new banner. He's so cute!!!

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  5. those pics are from his album cover inside. how can Scotty be number 3 when he got 64 % votes that seems fishy. the station did that on purpose .

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  6. Another great review!! The new banner is really nice! Scotty's pictures are always so cute!

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    1. Love the new banner!!!...Wish I COULD vote for Teen Choice!!...Just a LITTLE too old :)

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    2. Nonsense. You can still vote using your grandchildren's email accounts. You just have to use your imagination. I am 59 years old from Asia and I am voting with all the emails I can collect from the teenagers I know.

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    3. I agree I vote 50 times a day .Scotty said he would love a surf board and whatever Scotty wants Scotty gets. I'll do whatever it takes . I own a hair salon I have alot of teens I've ask to vote then instead of hoping they vote everyday I suggested to vote for them so I got the emails made the accounts,and that's that . I'm totally a voting fool when it comes to Scotty I spend hours a day voting . I guess I'm addicted .my customers and family think I'm nuts .

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  7. I thought I was in the wrong site. I kept refreshing the page. I had to look for Donna's or Tarah's name on any of the posts. That was funny. But I like it ... I love it.

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  8. take your neice,nephew , grandchild birthdate and year register email and vote teenchoiceawards vote on behave of them

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  9. THIS IS A GREAT ARTICLE OF SCOTTY LIKE ALWAYS.

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  10. love the new banner you guys do a great job and i know i don't thank y'all enough loved the write up on Scotty and his band members again thank you all, Brenda from Tx :)

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  11. YES I AGREE LOVE THE BANNER.

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  12. Love the new banner. He is so easy to photograph as he always seems to have that special look. Love this kid to pieces. I keep telling my husband that I have to meet Scotty. I read so much about him that he feels like one of my grandkids.

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  13. Great review about Scotty! He is country thru & thru...there's know doubt about it. Love that young man as tho he were my own grandson. The banner is great....don't think I have ever seen Scotty in a pic I didn't like.

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  14. Loved the banner and the article. Except I think Scotty does have a distinct sound.

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    1. I agree he has a distinct sound, without seeing Scotty, I would know that it was Scotty singing.

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    2. Yes he does!...Along with his own special aura and Charisma!!

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  15. This banner with the faded jeans is okay during the Teen Choice Awards voting, but after that voting is completed, I hope you restore the the prior ACM banner which is exceptional!

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    1. The banner will be updated after the Teen Choice Awards are over. :)

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    2. 2:00 AM. that new banner is awsome . Scotty is 18 the banner is young and hip he looks totally sexy. we need new and differant banners . i love him much better casual and cool .the other banner was nice but Scotty is constantly changing it up and so should his fan site. thanks to the girls that run this site keep it up you always keep us guessing .love love the banner.

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    3. I love the new banner! After the Teen Choice Awards hopefully we'll have pics with that surfboard! ;)

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    4. Yeah! But I'm sure he's not gonna have 1 surfboard, he's gonna have 2! He totally diserves them and we mccreerians can do it

      Diane, CR

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  16. A new video was just uploaded by allisonsmcidol on Jul 2

    Scotty McCreery - Write My Number On Your Hand- Boston 7/2

    Enjoy !

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  17. This articel is really a tribute. It reveals the general prejudice against Idol contestants but lifts Scotty out of it and credits sinsere recognition for his voice, talent and music. His voice gets praise, and the note about "distinctive sound" is merely pointed at the choice and kind of songs on his CD.

    I love the new banner. Scotty is adorable eye candie on the pics. KEEP IT PLEASE!

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    1. I agree - although I still think that Scotty has a sound that is distinctly his. Perhaps after his second album is released and people get to hear him more (especially on radio!) they will recognize that distinct Scotty tone. But this review is great and it really does give Scotty recognition as a country artist.

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  18. Want to post a video from Orlando performance with 3 songs because it has been overlooked. Once in a while the sound gets a bit off but overall it´s far too good to not to be seen. To top it all it really showcases Scotty´s skills and WTT as a hit song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9xUooOUjwU&feature=relmfu

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    1. The Orlando performance is from March - this is July why would you even post that it has been overlooked?? The girls that run this site do an amazing job & do not overlook things intentionally.

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    2. I´m so sorry scottyfan. My intention was to share a nice video with others who love Scotty as much as I do. By no means did I mean to be critical to the ladies who run this site. I´ve many times posted vids and links, but it´s the first time I get this reaction. I don ´t want to offend anybody by posting and it´s too hurting when you do something to be nice and you just get slammed for it. I promise I will not post again

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    3. Scottyfan who are you to make a comment about someone elses post . many of us might not of seen that persons video of scotty . who cares when or where the video took place . Scotty is getting new fans so maybe they haven't seen that video . some of you people on this site are so rude . I hope that person will still post on this site .

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    4. 10:15 please don't get discouraged by one persons dumb comment ..the rest of us fans want to thank you for bringing the video to our attention and actually I haven't seen that video. please continue to post this site as well as the others have a few bad apples in the bunch.

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    5. Scottyfan I hate to say this but some videos do get over looked they can't possibly post every video to the site.so when someone takes the time to let us know of a video then they should be able to share it with us .

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  19. I appreciate all the videos... don't allow one person's comments to stop you! Thanks for your effort and have a happy 4th of July :)

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  20. To Anonymous @10:15 AM -- please feel free to share whatever video links or articles of Scotty that you come across -- because there are always new videos and articles that are posted long after the concert dates -- :)

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    1. And Donna, I love the new banner!

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    2. Scotty's up for the Teen Choice Awards (in 2 categories, i think), so this new banner is great, shows his youthfulness! Love it! I would love to see the surfboard on this banner too! Or better yet, 2 surfboards!

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    3. Karee,

      Thanks glad you like the banner but Tarah gets all the credit for it not me! She did an amazing job!!

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    4. GREAT JOB, TARAH! ;)

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  21. To Anonymous @ 10:15 AM please don't stop doing what you are doing, it is a nice and kind gesture to notify fans of videos that maybe we have not seen and if we have well thats ok too. I'm sure that Scotty would be pleased for your efforts and so am I. Please don't quit coming to this site, we as Scotty's fans need to work together. Thank-you.

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  22. I am not sure if this was posted, but from Scotty's performance of Write My # On Your Hand at Hard Rock Cafe in Boston 7/2/12.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdpOHAEte3c&feature=results_main

    It is the only one I've seen so far.

    Enjoy!!
    Big CT Fan

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  23. I´m 10.15, passed the site, got an ituition to have a look and did look. And I´m glad I did. Thank you so much all of you ( or almost all of you). Your comments are so heartwarming, they made me cry because I´m a kind of shy softie person, you know. I´ll be glad to be back. Love you

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    1. Please do not allow one persons comment keep you from visiting this site & posting video links or anything Scotty related. I know I speak for all of us that work on this site when I say we appreciate when fans post things because we don't always see them. I'm glad you decided to come back because there are a lot of great people that visit this site!!

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    2. Please don't stop posting - I love, love, love all the posts. It is hard keeping up with our boy!! I really enjoy the fans on this site and look forward to reading your comnments and posts. Scotty has wonderful fans and the ladies that run this site are phenominal!!

      Happy 4th!!

      BigCTFan

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  24. I wanted to see how Scotty's #'s are doing so I went to Wiki and got an update. Pretty interesting to see how terrific his numbers are for CAD album and singles. Here's the link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotty_McCreery#cite_note-United_StatesScotty_McCreeryI_Love_You_This_BigsingleCertRef-58

    Also information as of 6/27/12 on Idol Chatter link.
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2012/06/carrie-underwood-kelly-clarkson-american-idol-albums/1

    Nice to see his album is still selling and will sell a lot more with all the shows he is doing now he's on the road more.

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  25. To Scottyfan, though, I agree that your comment was not given much thought and your co-fans of Scotty have said so, I for one want you to know, we all fall into that category now and then, so your not alone. I'm glad the nice person, who contributes videos and such is going to overlook, and continue to contribute. Hopefully, for me anyway, you'll stay with us. I see your comments of support of Scotty all over the net. By the way, if you read this... you must have been one of his first fans to be able to get a user name like 'Scottyfan'. Its a good one?

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  26. Omg please don't stop posting I think I would just die if I didn't know what was going on. He is amazing and I LOVE LOVE LOVE these post you all make for us that doesn't get to see him at all. It just makes my day. Scotty he is a miracle in itself for me. My husband passed away before the 2010 american idol and he use to tell me all the time, I love you this big with his arms opened wide and when Scotty sung that song during the finale well I almost just fell over and ever since then he touched my heart and everyone around me. I am older but he is like a second son to me. Oh he looks good in anything his young he is himself, and noone can change who he is, he is perfect just the way he is.

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  27. So what if it's an older video!!!There are new fans all the time and they maynot have seen them.And I never get tired of them anyway. I know that you weren't intending to slam the girl who run this side. That was a rather rude comment. Keep posting.

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  28. Listening to Music Choise,,,Today's Coutry on cable earlier and I bet by the second note I knew it was ILYTB. So happy to hear his first hit being played still. Music Choice plays Scotty's songs alot it seems.

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  29. Very interesting conversation!..This is the best place to learn and contribute info on and for Scotty!..But we should all think a little before expressing an opinion that might be hurtful or taken in the wrong way!..Our aim should always be to be helpful and to learn about our boy Scotty!...Thank you Donna and all for allowing us to do that!!

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  30. Anon - 7:17AM - Thank you so much for the video featuring three of Scotty's songs from his SeaWorld performance in Orlando,Fla. I have seen a lot of the videos, but the one you found I had not seen. I always love seeing any video of Scotty, any viewpoint, don't even care if the sound isn't the best (by the way, I saw nothing wrong with this video), I just love everything Scotty. Thanks for thinking of us Scotty fans. That was very thoughtful and kind of you.

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  31. Thank you SO much all your kind words! I´ll be around. love from 7:17 / 10.15 Lena

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