Saturday, November 17, 2012

Scotty McCreery sells out MassMutual Center's Exhibition Hall

Scotty McCreery, ap  
Scotty McCreery arrives at the
46th Annual Country Music Awards
at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday,
Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

 By Donnie Moorhouse, The Republican  on November 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM, updated November 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

SPRINGFIELD _ Scotty McCreery got an early start on the holiday concert season, belting out a couple of seasonal songs at the MassMutual Center on Friday in the venue’s sold-out Exhibition Hall with more than 1,000 fans in attendance.

The North Carolina native came to prominence as the winner of the tenth season of “American Idol” and has scored country hits with songs “I Love You This Big,” and “The Trouble With Girls.” He recently released a holiday-themed recording called “Christmas with Scotty McCreery,” that features standards like “Let It Snow,” and “Jingle Bells.”

The concert was promoted by country radio station KIX 100.9 FM, making it the station’s second successful show at the downtown venue in less than five days. The annual “Concert for Kids” to benefit St. Jude’s was held on Monday night and featured performances from Lonestar and Colt Ford.
McCreery’s performance served as a benefit for the Pioneer Valley USO.
Billed as “Scotty McCreery and Friends”, the evening included an opening set from another “American Idol” alum Kristy Lee Cook, a top ten finisher on the seventh season of the show and a performance from country singer Josh Thompson.

While the audience was politely seated for the opening sets they collectively stood (and screamed) for McCreery when he hit the stage with his five-piece band. Despite the subtle holiday theme (there were wreaths hanging around the stage), and McCreery’s new holiday release, the set was heavy on country and light on Christmas.

He led his band through “Walk in the Country,” and “I Love You This Big,” while adding a few bars of the Josh Turner song “Your Man,” that got his “Idol” competition underway. He also paid homage to George Strait with “Check Yes or No,” another song from his television stint.
McCreery offered up four songs from his Christmas album starting with “Let It Snow,” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” followed by the original “Christmas in Heaven,” and a take on Elvis Presley’s version of “Santa Claus is Back in Town.”

He switched gears with an acoustic “Letters to Home,” leaving the Christmas fare behind as he began a string of songs that included Garth Brooks’ “The Dance,” his own hit “The Trouble with Girls,” and “Water Tower Town.”

He closed out his 55-minute performance with a cover of Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone.” He did not come out for an encore. 


  1. Wouldn't it be terrific if Scotty could release a single from his upcoming new album early in 2013 like January?!

    1. I almost think that will be a for sure thing, either a new single or another cover (a new single would be better). He'll have to give us avid fans something to promote and a new single would be awesome!!

    2. I think that would be awesome! Remember, Scotty released 2 singles off of CAD before that album ever came out. Lots of artists do that. So, I definitely see that as a possibility. I am sure they know that it will be time to move on to new things right after Christmas is over, which is only a little over 5 weeks from now. On December 26th Christmas music is put away until next year. I am sure that is what Todd Cassetty is lying awake at night thinking about, right?


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