Thursday, August 16, 2012

Great Review of Scotty McCreerry's performance

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Scotty McCreery Concert Review

Okay I have to start this with a disclaimer: There is a 99% chance that this review will be highly biased and probably not very objective. I have to put that out there, especially for those of you reading who don't personally know me. Why, you might ask? Well I am a HUGE fan and supporter of Scotty McCreery and just adore him not only as an artist, but also as a PERSON. I just think it's so refreshing to see a (very) young man who is so grounded, smart, talented as well as open about his faith, and his love and dedication to his family. I think young men like Scotty are a dying breed (or at least aren't all over the public/media sphere), so I really appreciate how honest and open he's been about his life. So it's hard for me to be completely objective when I'm reviewing his work. Because I just think he's so great. And yeah I would date someone just like him. (Or just him specifically. That would work for me. If anyone wants to make that happen, that'd be great! :)

Anyway, I had the chance to see Scotty perform at our state fair with some of my best friends from college, and had an absolute blast! Minus the fact that it was 107 degrees and literally the hottest I've ever been... That part sucked. But getting to see Scotty perform live, on his own (not part of the American Idol tour) was so great! And by "so great" I mean amazing, wonderful, incredible, couldn't-stop-smiling, felt-my-heart-beating-so-fast type great. Just to clarify. :)
Yep, he's looking for me :)
In my not-so-professional opinion, Scotty has what it takes to be a big name in this industry... some day. Right now, he's young! He has one album under his belt, and really barely over a year of country music "fame." He's spent the past few months opening up for Brad Paisley on his Virtual Reality Tour. Out of all the headliners Scotty could open for, I really think Brad is the perfect option. Brad has been around the tour circuit a time or two, and is basically an old pro at it now. He creates a bond with his whole tour that is unlike many other headliners. He has fun with them and lets them in to his inner circle. Even more so, Brad loves encouraging and "teaching" country's newest talents. From tweets and interviews (etc) that I've read of Brad, he sees a lot in Scotty and has really enjoyed having him on tour. I mean have any of you seen any of their back-and-forth prank war?? Absolutely hilarious!

That stupid pink-poster-girl blocking my view made me so mad!!!

Scotty's sound and style of country is different from the sound you hear from the other under-25 males today. He has a deep, soulful voice and an extremely traditional sound. Not to criticize some of the other new acts (because I do love their music!), but Scotty is more than just an artist with a slight twang who wants to make it big so they try country. No-- he is undeniably country in his sound. There is no mistaking him for a "pop" singer. (I mean, seriously... It's so hard to believe that he's only eighteen when you hear that voice!)

In addition to his undeniable talent, his desire to truly learn from and study the sucess of the country greats who've come before him, another reason why I think he'll make it in the long run is that he is very normal and grounded. He has the love and support of two great parents who will help him along this journey. So many people come unraveled with fame because they get caught up in it. I truly believe being connected to a regular family and having seemingly "normal" parents helps (i.e. Taylor Swift). So far, it seems like Scotty really has no desire to do the whole Hollywood-famous thing. He just wants to be a normal kid who goes to school and hangs out with his friends, and yeah, on the side is a budding country music star.


Normally when I go to shows, I enter all the songs they perform into my phone's notepad so I can share highlights with you all on my blog. Well, I was a tad bit excited to be seeing Scotty and kind of forgot the whole "blogger" part of my being there. Oops! He performed his upbeat fun songs from his album, "Write My Number on Your Hand, "You Make That Look Good," and "Better Than That" as well as his radio singles "I Love You This Big," "Trouble with Girls" and current single "Water Tower Town."

He also tackled some major country covers. He did Garth Brooks' "The River" (which he performed on American Idol), as well as John Michael Montgomery's "Letters from Home." I haven't heard "Letters from Home" since I was very young, but instantly all the words came flooding back to me. To me, he gave a very heartfelt performance of this song, and the combination of how much I adore Scotty mixed with the fact that my little brother just announced he is enlisting in the Army made me get very teary during this song. (And for anyone who knows me, it takes a LOT to make me cry. So it says a lot about how much I felt what he was singing.)
I Love You This Big! (Hey, me too!)
Scotty's set was short (only about an hour), but that was expected as he only has one album out and obviously he wasn't going to perform every single song live! He did a one-song encore of Montgomery Gentry's "Gone," which even impressed my non-country best friend. (That's a major breakthrough! I'm working on her!) Throughout the show, Scotty was very energetic and was great at interacting with the crowd. He was so adorable with his in-between song banter, really letting his Southern side show with phrases like "dagum" (a classic Scotty expression) and "Lord have mercy!" He's just so adorable! His stage presence has improved GREATLY since American Idol, which I was VERY happy to see. I think a lot of this probably comes from watching Brad while out on tour. His voice sounded great-- something that isn't a guarantee when going from an album recording to a live performance. You can tell that he's still new to this though, but I think the more time he spends on tour and with his band the better he'll get. (Which by the way, he said his band is named "Dry County." If it was possible for me to adore him more, that did it for me.)

All in all I was very impressed (as I expected to be) and it just made me THAT much more excited for his next album. Rumor has it that he is in the studio working on a Christmas album, so I'm interested in checking that out. Scotty has been more than open about his deep commitment to his Christian faith, so I imagine the album will include classic Christmas songs, but also some religious-centered ones as well. That's just my guess though!

It will be interesting to see how he handles this next year as he finishes up his opening gig with Brad, and looks to start college at North Carolina State University in a few weeks. It's very well known that he wants to keep his life as "normal" as possible, but it's going to be interesting to see how he handles his increasing fame and popularity with college classes etc. I think he could definitely learn a thing or two from Taylor Swift who juggled the "exiting high school" years with increasing fame and success, and is still doing pretty dang well for herself.

Regardless of how his career progresses, I will continue to be a fan of Scotty. As I said before, I'm not only a huge fan of his music (I LOVE THAT VOICE!!!), I'm also a huge fan of him as an individual. His parents should be very proud of what a class-act young man they have raised and what a great example he is setting!


That's all for now Twangers! More concert and album reviews to come! As well as another episode in Mentionable Music Mondays, and my first post of "Country Lite" suggestions! So make sure you've got Turn Up The Twang bookmarked! Oh and, if you're feeling generous, share this page with your friends! FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest! And you can always e-mail me suggestions/comments/etc at turnupthetwang@gmail.com! Please do! I'd love your feedback!

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24 comments:

  1. Absolutely one of THE BEST articles about our Scotty!!..I've read it several times and it still brings tears!!..I have it on favorites bar so I can read it often!..Hope we hear more from this gal!!

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful article,review about Scotty. Keep up the good work. Hope we hear more form from you.

      Scotty is great. I have sen him in person and he truly is wonderful on the stage. He surely know how to entertain the audience with that wonderful deep voice, his southern charm, smile. He is so humble. It is hard to believe he is just 18 years old.

      I truly believe what Randy Jackson said on AI . "THIS KID IS GOING TO HAVE A LONG CAREER" I agree, and I think he is already on his way.

      Thanks, Bob, Portland, Oregon

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    2. Thank you both so much! I'm honored that you have my page bookmarked! You'll definitely be hearing more from me about Scotty. And if you're a fan of country music in general AND liked this review, then you'll definitely like my whole blog!

      Thanks so much for the kind comments! <3

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  2. Wonder what the person's name is that wrote the great article? (how did you know it is a gal?) from where?

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    1. I read it on Twitter. Her name was there, but I can't remember it, sorry!..If you email her you could find out. And she is so good there will probably be other reviews!..I sure hope so!..Actually I'm sure Donna could post it for you!..GS

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    2. I read in the comment section regarding the video where Brad and Scotty sang Celebrity, the smaller version of this review was given by this person. They were responding to one of the commentors regarding the crowds response to Scotty's performance. They commented that the videos were not indicative of the crowds response and that Scotty was received well among this crowd. Here is the site you can go on to see http://Ticket-master.com/BradPaisley-tickets/artist/714837.TorySC page 5.

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    3. She wrote: "I would date him..." Hope, she's a gal! Hahaha!

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    5. I'm blushing reading this! I can't believe so many people have read my article! I am a gal, everyone. Don't freak! I'm from California. Yes, we do like our country out here! I'm so incredibly thrilled that y'all loved my article. I'll definitely be posting more about him, as my blog is about country music! I'd love if you bookmarked it!

      Also 7:19 Anonymous-- that was not me that commented about a video. I don't really even know what you're talking about, but someone must be pretending to be me. But I'm sure he was received well by the crowd at whatever event you're talking about! The crowd went crazy for him at the concert I attended!

      If y'all have any questions or want more info, please do email me like one of you suggested! I LOVE LOVE LOVE feedback! turnupthetwang@gmail.com!

      Thanks so much everyone! God Bless!

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  3. I'd say you are a bit obsessed with Scotty! But so am I! Loved your article. He is indeed a remarkable young man and I don't know how you young girls can contain yourselves. He so dang cute. A kid who is going to be around for a long time. 7:19 those observations have been resolved and everyone has moved on.

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    1. Just a tad obsessed. But I keep my levels in check! Honestly I'm just a HUGE fan of country music in general, so it excites me to see someone SO young who is SO good! That's why I wanted to write such a raving review in my blog! Thanks for reading!

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  4. He really does sound wonderful in concert. People really enjoy his music because he makes them smile and feel good. I love when he sings YMTLG and WMNOYH so much. They are fun and upbeat and he sounds sooooo good. I love how he puts his left leg back when he sings especially when he plays Scarlet on YMTLG. What a cutie!!! He is so special.

    I feel country radio will play his Xmas album a lot. They will be looking for some new music and Scotty said he has some originals on there along with some classics. I CAN'T wait!! He will get lots of good reviews and hopefully play many Xmas shows again this year. Maybe that is why his schedule is a little open for now after Oct because of the Xmas shows they are requesting him to do. Lets all hope we get a big Xmas gift this year in seeing Scotty on the Xmas specials. I can't wait!!! I also can't wait until his album is released in Oct. I will be buying it for myself (one for car, one for home and my whole family. They all know what they are getting for Xmas. Wow, if his Xmas cd is well received by stations and critics (I'm sure it will be), it will be a big boost for his career. The good thing is even if people are not total fans yet like some at the BP concert, they know him and think highly of him like in their reviews and comments on Ticketmaster, etc. He has definitely made a mark on them and it is only a matter of time before his career takes off even more. However, personally I think he is doing great, but I definitely want to hear him on the radio like some of the other artists and have more air time at the awards shows, etc. It's only a matter of time! I can't wait!! Go Scotty

    TL

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  5. THIS is the BEST ARTICLE about our young man Scotty.keep up the wonderfull Job your doing A GREAT Job and we all Appreciate it.WE all know that he is going to be that Special,precius Country music star that we all are going to love and adore.he is the best and he will be in years to come he will be super star.

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  6. THIS WAS SUCH A GREAT ARTICLE AND I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT SCOTTY 100%. HE IS SO DOWN TO EARTH, SO ADORABLE, AND HE SURE LOVES HIS FANS JUST LIKE WE LOVE SCOTTY AS WELL. I AGREE WITH YOU TL. I DO WISH THEY WOULD PLAY SCOTTY MORE ON RADIO. SCOTTY WILL BE AROUND FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE THE MCCREERIANS WON'T LET HIM DOWN. SCOTTY YOU ARE #1.

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  7. More great reveiws from Darien Lake and Bethel Woods for Scotty on Ticketmaster reveiws. If you want to read them, here's the link:

    http://reviews.ticketmaster.com/7171/714837/brad-paisley-reviews/reviews.htm?sort=submissionTime

    That's our Scotty. He's just wonderful!!!

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  8. Now tell us again what you like about this kid! EVERYTHING, I agree! Awesome article.

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  9. GREAT ARTICLE AND I SEE YOU OVE HIM AS MUCH AS MY FAMILY DOES. WE HAVE FOLLOWED HIM THROUGH AMERICA IDOL AND JUST GOT THE CHANCE TO SEE HIM IN ERSON ALSO AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR, WE WERE EVEN MORE IMPRESSED AFTER THIS CONCERT. I HOPE SCOTTY WILL CONTINUE WITH HIS MUSIC CAREER AS HE GOES TO COLLEGE AS HE PLANS. I AM A COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND AS MUCH AS I BELIEVE COLLEGE IS SO IMPORTANT. I ALSO HOPE SCOTTY DOESN'T LET HIS GREAT MUSIC CAREER TAKE A BACK SEAT TO COLLEGE. HE HAS TOO GREAT A FUTURE IN MUSIC. I HOPE I AM AROUND TO SEE JUST HOW FAR HE GOES. I AGREE WITH EVERY WORD IN THKE ARTICLE WE HAVE READ AND MY FAMLIY DOES SO ALSO.

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  10. Great article! Me too wish radio would play Scotty more! I guess we have to be patient until that happens!

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  11. This was a great review of Scotty as a performer and a person. He has it all. I will always be a Scotty fan and I will continue to buy everything he puts out. I admire him so much and I understand why he has such a loyal following of fans. I vote for Scotty in everything I can. I check his website daily to see what is going on with him. I do request his songs on the radio. At times it seems they don't give him the time he deserves. I know he is young but he has what it takes to make it big. If I can help him with my support, he has it. When he has a concert in Raleigh I will be there!!! Nancy Raleigh

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  12. Wow! I just found out that one of y'all posted this here and am SO overwhelmed by the LOVE I've receieved for this article! I'm a new country blogger, so I write about more than just Scotty, but this was my review post-seeing him in concert. You all are so right about how talented he is, and I do have so much faith about how far he's going to go.

    I'm so happy y'all loved my article, enough to share it and TALK about it! I am a "gal"-- don't worry! :) And I'd LOVE if you'd bookmark Turn Up The Twang/ follow me on Twitter as I plan to share more about him in the future! I'm trying to expand my reader base and had NO IDEA that my article about Scotty would go so far!

    Also I never commented anything on whatever video-debate you're talking about. I haven't even seen that. So if someone is pretending to be me, that's mean!

    Thanks so much for sharing and all the positive feedback! Really, I'm just beaming! Like one of the commentors said, feel free to email me at turnupthetwang@gmail.com and follow me on twitter (twitter.com/turnupthetwang) and facebook (facebook.com/turnupthetwang).

    Thank y'all so much!
    xoxo, Turn Up The Twang

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    1. Annnnnd I typed too fast and spelled "received" wrong. Embarrassing. See I'm just too excited!!

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