Thursday, February 28, 2013

Videos from Scotty McCreery's concert in Niagra Falls

Thanks for the heads up in the comments Credit to: paigegarlow07

Scotty McCreery will be at the ND State Fair Thursday, July 25

North Dakota State Fair 27 February 2013 at 8:17 am #
We will announce the ticket sale date when we announce the rock concerts on both Saturdays. Hopefully that will be very soon stay tuned in the next week or two!

http://blog.ndstatefair.com/2013/02/27/2013-grandstand-showpass-lineup/ 

Scotty McCreery at the CRS in Nashville

 CMchat LIVE from The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville-Credit to: Jessica Northey


Click on the link to see a short video of Scotty singing See You Tonight  at CRS UMG Nashville Concert.  Credit to Karla Cantell

 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200177958108487&set=vb.1137580759&type=2&theater

Click on the link below to see pictures from CRS UMG Nashville that WGTY posted on their facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.447348655345438.103183.120030428077264&type=1


Credit to: Flickr: aristopr's Photostream
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keeping some good company in Nashville tonight!

This isn't from the CRS but it's a link to some great pictures taken at Scotty's concert in WV. Credit goes to Mereanda Scraggs Photography - please give her credit if you use any of her pictures on your personal pages!
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.535827543123679.120882.369664083073360&type=1 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Shows Added: Scotty McCreery VIP Experience

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3/23/13     Katy, TX
4/25/13     Tulsa, OK
5/17/13     Elizabeth, IN  *** This show is 21+5/18/13     Windsor, ON  
6/23/13     Jackpot, NV   ***This show is all ages
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5/18/13  Windsor, ON, Canada  ***This show is all ages

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Scotty McCreery will be performing at the Country Radio Seminar tonight


Scotty McCreery has signed on to perform at the upcoming Country Radio Seminar, to be held on Feb. 27 inside the Performance Hall at the Nashville Convention Center. He joins Dustin Lynch and Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Vince Gill as part of the all-star lineup. This special performance of Country music's institution will kick-off the two-hour event, which follows the annual CRS Artist/Attendee Welcome Reception, for the first time in the seminar's history.
“Every week, the Grand Ole Opry showcases an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind mix of country music’s new stars, superstars, and legends for country music fans from around the world," Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher said, in a statement, as reported by Music Row. "We’re excited to deliver a special show featuring some of radio’s biggest current hit-makers who are also some of the most popular artists who visit our stage for all our friends in country radio when CRS returns to town next month."
CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne boasts:

“This marks the first time in the history of the seminar, which is over 40 years, that we welcome the Grand Ole Opry to our stage. It has been a long time coming, but will be well worth the wait. My thanks to Pete Fisher and the Opry staff for allowing me to present this show on the opening night of CRS 2013, as both events are such a great fit for each other.”
More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
http://www.examiner.com/article/scotty-mccreery-brad-paisley-to-bring-the-opry-to-country-radio-seminar-2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scotty McCreery talks tour, college and new idol judges

Scotty McCreery (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Scotty McCreery (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


We caught up with Scotty McCreery last week and talked a little bit about life on the road, college and some of the new “American Idol” judges.

The Weekend Roadtrip tour with Sarah Darling fits well with McCreery’s college schedule, he says, allowing him to frontload his classes Monday through Wednesday before getting back out into what he calls the “real world.”

Though still fresh-faced at 19, McCreery also has some old-soul charm and presence. And he’s not afraid to show a few glimpses of humor, too, saying he wanted to call the tour the “Dadgum Scotty McCreery Tour ... but that got kind of shot down.”

He also marvels at some of the coincidences within the compressed time of his young career.
“I actually met [Sarah Darling] a couple of years ago. I was at a Braves game on an “Idol” tour and she was singing the anthem that day, and who’d a thunk, a couple years down the road, we’d be on tour together.”

McCreery says he’s trying to make his freshman experience at North Carolina State as normal as possible.  “I live with three of my boys that I’ve known since I was 2 years old,” he says, adding that he’s also gotten a couple of requisite parking tickets, plays intramural basketball and eats in the dining halls. Come Thursday, though, it’s back out on the road.

When asked about Keith Urban’s role as a judge on “American Idol,” the show that launched McCreery’s career, he says, “I love it. I think he’s giving out great advice, I think it’s great for any kind of country artist that might come onto that show.”

“I’m sure he’s going to have a lot of stories sitting between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.”
We asked if he thought that Minaj gets country music?  “I don’t see how she could. I mean, country music is, it’s kind of like that tight-knit kind of family thing, and she’s pretty far away from it, I would say.”  “She’s in her own niche, but that ain’t country.”

http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2013/02/25/scotty-mccreery-talks-tour-college-and-new-idol-judges/

Monday, February 25, 2013

Scotty McCreery will perform at Cactus Pete's Amphitheater , Jackpot, NV on 6/23



Martina McBride with Special Guest Scotty McCreery
Amphitheater | Sun, Jun 23, 2013
 
Martina McBride with Special Guest Scotty McCreery
On Sale Now
Show at 6P MST
Ticket Prices: $45/$60/$75

Tickets can be purchased at the Cactus Petes Box Office or by calling 866.MORE FUN.
www.martinamcbride.com
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Videos from Scotty McCreery

Credit to: smccreeryofficial
 ScotTV- Episode 1 - Weekend Roadtrip Tour Rehearsals Published on Feb 25, 2013 Welcome to ScotTV! This is the very first episode of many videos that will give you behind-the-scenes access to all things Scotty McCreery. In this episode, Scotty gives you a sneak peek of his Weekend Roadtrip Tour rehearsals. For more, go to: www.ScottyMcCreery.com

 Scotty McCreery - Weekend Roadtrip Tour - Battle Royale Published on Feb 25, 2013 Don't miss Scotty McCreery's first headlining tour with special guest Sarah Darling! Catch it all across America in 2013. For tickets and more information: http://www.scottymccreery.com/tour/ Category Music License Standard YouTube License

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Scotty McCreery will perform at the CRS Luncheon Feb. 27th

Wednesday’s “Team UMG at the Ryman” luncheon will feature artists from the Universal Music Group roster. Artists set to perform include Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and others. The luncheon will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and a box lunch will be provided.

http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2617195&spid=24698 

Videos: Scotty McCreery in Charleston, WV

EDIT: More Videos have been added 
Credit to: Allison Williams Credit to: Jill Westfall Credit to: Mickey Vickers

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tweets from Charleston, WV



 


Walk in the country......


WOW - What a great photo!!!!!

Pure awesomeness!

Our surprise for Scotty :) , grandparents & friends from Garner are all here tonight!!


 
Headed home from the concert in Charleston, finds a friend.

Videos From Scotty McCreery's performance at Dover Downs

 EDIT:  More videos were added!!!
Credit to: Courtney Sweetman Credit to: Jessica W. Credit to: 177336 Mr. DeepVoice ‏@ScottyDeepVoice Here's the video of 'Hey Good Lookin' @ScottyMcCreery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJbEma_G_Ic … Credit to: TheButtons66 Credit to TheButtons66

Tweeted pictures of Scotty McCreery from Dover Downs last night



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Yes I am THIS CLOSE TO SCOTTY MCCREERY!!!! pic.twitter.com/2kxQgmb2qd
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Scotty McCreery's Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013 will be in Charleston, WV tonight


Clay Center For The Arts
1 Clay Square 
Charleston, WV 


The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia opened on July 12, 2003. The Center, a 240,000 square foot structure, houses performing arts, visual arts and sciences under one roof - one of the few of its kind in the country. Located in the state's capital city of Charleston, the facility is home to both the Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.






http://www.theclaycenter.org/information/aboutus/history.aspx

Friday, February 22, 2013

Whole Lotta Scotty Going On! McCreery and band hop on the “Harlem Shake” rage

http://www.countryweekly.com/news/whole-lotta-scotty-going
First it was "planking," then "flash mobs," then "photo bombs" and "Gangnam Style." Now, it's the "Harlem Shake"! And country music has joined the rest of the world in this craze. Scotty McCreery, who is typically shy, enlisted the help of his band and a throng of fans at his Feb. 21 show in Pittsburgh for their own "Harlem Shake" video. First he explained what would happen.
 And then, they shook!

Scotty McCreery Gives in to the Harlem Shake Craze


Scotty McCreery has been keeping busy on his 2013 Weekend Road Trip Tour, but he’s not too busy to have a bit of fun. While he was performing in Pittsburgh, he showed everyone how to ‘Rock This Night,’ by breaking out the popular ‘Harlem Shake’ with his band members and all of his fans. 
The well-planned video begins with McCreery and his band members innocently tuning their instruments (along with one member dancing around in a wolf mask), when all of a sudden, the whole band and the fans — who appear out of thin air — are shakin’ it with all they’ve got.
McCreery, a North Carolina native who found his success through winning Season 10 of ‘American Idol,’ continues to make huge strides ahead in his music career with the promise of an upcoming sophomore album.
It seems that despite his fast rise in stardom, the 19-year-old manages to keep a lighthearted perspective toward it all, portrayed through his spontaneous concert-turned-dance party.
 
http://tasteofcountry.com/scotty-mccreery-harlem-shake/

Scotty McCreery in Pittsburgh

I wanted to post this video because it shows Scotty talking to the crowd before they do the Harlem Shake!  

Credit to: BritBrat0506 Credit to: Katherine Brittner

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Scotty McCreery & Dry County doing the Harlem Shake



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February 20, 2013
Scotty McCreery's booked solid
'American Idol' winner juggles college, touring
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Balancing school work and potential superstardom, Scotty McCreery is attending college during the week and performing to crowds of country fans on the weekends. (Andrew Southam photo)
 
WANT TO GO?
Scotty McCreery
With Sarah Darling
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: $30, $35, $40 and $45
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Country singer Scotty McCreery was running a little behind when his mom called to ask if it would be OK if the interview could get pushed back maybe an hour.  It wasn't a problem, but the 19-year-old singer groaned, "Oh, God," and then laughed when he heard she'd been the one to call. Just the same, he said he really appreciated the extra help.  McCreery, who performs Saturday at the Clay Center, is probably a little bit busier than your average country artist. Outside of touring and trying to squeeze in production for his upcoming, still untitled sophomore record, McCreery is a freshman at North Carolina State University, where he's studying communications.
"College ain't no joke," he laughed. "I'm taking a full course load. It's 13 hours. It's Monday through Wednesday, and then we tour Thursday through Sunday."  The schedule, McCreery acknowledged, makes for a lot of long days and occasionally having to do homework on the bus. That's what he said he was supposed to do, anyway, but he acknowledged it's sometimes hard to make it happen.
"It's all time management," he said. "I have to get that down, and once I get into a rhythm, it will all go smoothly."  But right now, he's struggling, trying to strike that balance between being a college student and a country star.

Of course, there's nothing that says McCreery has to do both. Since his "American Idol" win in 2011, he's been one of the major success stories from the TV talent show.
His debut record, "Clear as Day," went platinum, selling more than a million copies. A Christmas record, "Christmas with Scotty McCreery," released last October, was certified gold.

Scotty McCreery with FROGGY

Credit to: DangerShowFroggy

Scotty McCreery hosting ACM New Artist of the Year Concert-looking for Audience Members

Pictures of Scotty McCreery and Sarah Darling at Stage AE

Click on the link below to see pictures from last nights performance.
Credit to: Pittsburgh Country Y108

http://y108.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2013/02/22/scotty-mccreery-sarah-darling-at-stage-ae/



had so much fun at your show! Pittsburgh fans are the best fans, ain't that right?!

‘American Idol’ winner Scotty McCreery does the 'Harlem Shake'


On Feb. 21, “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery took his 2013 Weekend Roadtrip Tour to Pittsburgh and took his fans by surprise. That’s because in the middle of his concert, he busted in to the “Harlem Shake,” a new dance craze that’s gone viral and has replaced "Gangnam Style.”
At the beginning of the YouTube video, Scotty and his band tune up their instruments, while one member dances around in a wolf mask. Several seconds later, McCreery and his band begin dancing, as well as the entire Pittsburgh audience. Seeing a country singer do the “Harlem Shake” is just one of those classic moments you have to see and share with others. Be sure to check it out below.
Scotty posted the video close to midnight on Feb. 22, right after the show. There are already hundreds of positive comments posted on Facebook about Scotty’s “Harlem Shake.” Below are a few from Friday.
  • “I love it. What a great sense of humor!” – Patricia Link
  • “Not what I expected from Scotty!” – Donna Castleberry
  • “By far, the best I’ve seen.” – Amanda Grace Elliott
  • “Love it. Country star doing the Harlem Shake.” – Jessica Espinosa
  • “That was epic. Just epic! This is why we all love you so much.” – Raisa Mahjabin
In 2011, Scotty McCreery defeated Lauren Alaina to become “American Idol’s” youngest male winner, as well as the show's first country male winner. Since then, he quickly emerged as country music's most successful new artist.
McCreery's first studio album, “Clear As Day,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts. He became the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. The album garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year, held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks, and earned Platinum status in just thirteen weeks.
Scotty won New Artist of the Year at both the 2011 American Country Awards and the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards. He also won the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for "The Trouble With Girls" at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. McCreery was ranked No. 1 on Billboard's list of Top New Country Artists for 2011 also earned the No. 4 spot on Billboard's 2012 List of the Top 21 Under 21. Scotty spent most of 2012 opening for Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality Tour 2012. He's currently on the road with his Weekend Roadtrip Tour.

Scotty's Surprise

Scotty was Hinting of a Surprise on twitter recently! Well Here it is! Scotty and band doing the Harlem Shake!!

Scotty McCreery's Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013 will be at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino tonight

Scotty McCreery

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9 p.m.

Performing songs from his Platinum hit album “Clear as Day.” 
This Academy of Country Music New Artist of the year award recipient will rock the Rollins Center this February.

http://www.doverdowns.com/entertainment/concerts-and-events




Thursday, February 21, 2013

'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery talks about stardom and his Atlantic City solo debut

Scotty McCreery

Singer Scotty McCreery is announced the American Idol for 2011 onstage  during Fox's (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


'American Idol' champ Scotty McCreery is Back on the Ground for his 2013 Weekend Roadtrip Tour and recently performed for a sold-out crowd at Atlantic City's Golden Nugget.
At only 19 years old, this country artist has had many accomplishments after winning the 10th season of 'American Idol' in 2011. He was the program's youngest winner, as well as the first male country winner (superstar Carrie Underwood was the first country winner). The celebration continued as his first album topped the country album charts at number one, making him the youngest man in history to achieve that honor with a debut release. He remained number one for six weeks and then earned platinum status in just 13 weeks.
NJ.com spoke to Scotty and got him to dish out the details on his life's journey.
NJ.com: When you auditioned for 'American Idol' did you feel that you would get this far?
Scotty McCreery: Oh never, I mean it's one of those things where you are obviously hoping to, that's why you try out. You're wanting to try and win but you never really think it can realistically happen. For me to win it and keep on going like this, I am blown away and ecstatic.
Do you stay in touch with your fellow 'Idol' alums?
McCreery: Yeah, we try to stay in touch as much as we can, but everybody is kinda off doing their own thing now and living all over the country. So we don't see each other as much. We will send out a group text every now and then to make sure everybody is doing well.
How does it feel to be on your Weekend Roadtrip Tour?
McCreery: Feels great! I spent all last year out on the road with Brad Paisley and now I have my own headline tour. It's exciting. The band and I are pumped up to play our new music for the fans, everyone has that energy about them on this tour.
How does it make you feel when fans tell you they love you?
McCreery: It makes me feel great. It's a mutual love, without them I wouldn't be here. They have been so loyal and so great to me. A lot of artists can say, we wouldn't be here without the fans while they are on stage, but for me it's literal because they voted me through and have continued to support me. That love goes right back from them to me and me to them. It's great!
Are you going to stick with Country music, or do you have other musical interests as well?
McCreery: I listen to the top 40 and make sure I'm in touch with what's current in today's world. I'd say that 95% of the music I listen to is Country, but I venture out every now and then to see what everyone else is listening to.
What's your favorite rap or hip-hop song?
McCreery: (snickering) Oh, my favorite rap song, you're asking the wrong guy. A lot of times with rap or hip-hop songs that I hear on the radio, I'll catch on to the chorus. So I'll sing the chorus but won't know song title or verses or anything.
Do you have aspirations of expanding your empire beyond the music industry?
McCreery: I think for right now, I need to focus on my music and make sure all is going well there first. If I end up having this career for the rest of my life, like I want, then things will go as I want them too. But who knows what can come down the road in the future. If we get offered something, we might jump on it and take an acting role or something, but for right now it's just music. But I've been in a play and musical before in high school, so I did a little acting there.
Tell us 3 things that people may not know about you?
McCreery: Well..hmm..this is tough coming off of American Idol because they make you tell your whole life story.
1. Everyone kind of knows that I am 1/4 Puerto Rican.
2. Another interesting tidbit, is that both of my grandfathers served in World War II, one in the Navy and the other in the Airforce.
3. My whole family sings. I'm just the one that's outgoing about it. They are all going to be on my next record with some background vocals.
Would you come back to Atlantic City and what place would you want to check out?
McCreery: Oh, heck yeah. I'm sure I'll be back there soon. Although I am still under the casino limit, the boardwalk was pretty cool. I'd love to go around and see it. We were on the Idol tour there a couple of summers ago, so it would be nice to get back up there.

Tweeted pictures from tonight's show in Pitsburgh, PA


Me n the band have been discussing the plans for Pittsburgh, and I think yall are gonna be in for a little extra fun

gets to have his cake and eat it too. He won and he's in Pittsburgh tonight with FROGGY

Froggy winners Going backstage to meet with at show starts at 8pm




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VIDEO: Scotty McCreery interview

Stephanie Langston ‏@stephnthecity @ScottyMcCreery host @CountryMusic All Stars Concert. Check out our interview from @Yallwire! http://stephnthecity.com/2013/02/scotty-mccreery-host-keep-the-music-playing-all-stars-concert/ …

Scotty McCreery is making the most of 'Idol' win

Scotty McCreery has a dual major. For the first part of the week, he's on the campus of North Carolina State in Raleigh majoring in communications, and then the second half, he's learning how to be a bona fide country star playing to crowds on the Weekend Road Trip Tour.
The 19-year-old singer got to this point by winning the 10th season of "American Idol" with a boyish face and a baritone that left judges and viewers with their jaws dropped open.
Scotty McCreery
With: Sarah Darling.
Where: Stage AE, North Shore.
When: Doors open at 7 tonight.
Tickets: $25; $30 day of show; ticketmaster.com.
His prior experience had been singing with a touring choir and doing some talent shows. Since then, he has been anything but an "Idol" bust. He hit the charts in the spring of 2011 with his first single, "I Love You This Big," and his album, "Clear as Day," became the first debut by a country artist to top the Billboard chart. (Carrie Underwood has actually sold almost twice that much the first week but was second to Madonna.) His debut produced two more modest country singles, "The Trouble With Girls" and "Water Tower Town."
After doing the American Idols Live tour in 2011, he got some heavier touring experience last year opening for Brad Paisley and The Band Perry, and he went the tried-and-true holiday route with "Christmas With Scotty McCreery." Now, during the buildup to his second proper studio album, he's out on his first headlining tour. Last week, he called us from the road, flashing that unmistakable voice.
So, going to school half the week and touring half ... it sounds like it could be a difficult way to live.
I'm enjoying it. It's actually pretty fun. The touring thing is actually the same as a lot of the big artists. I was on the Paisley tour, January through October last year, and we only did Thursday through Sundays as well. So, now, Monday through Wednesday, instead of just chilling, I'm going to college. And I'm loving it. Obviously I think every other college student would say they love the college life, hate the college work, but you can't have one without the other, so we're just going with the flow.
So you do your homework on the bus?
Pretty much. When I hang up from this interview, I have to email a professor real quick and try to get some stuff straightened out. But, yeah, instead of playing Xbox before a show, I might have to type up a paper or do some Spanish, you know.
So, how are you treated on the campus by the other students?
Pretty normal, I'd say. The first couple weeks they were probably a little weirded out by it, but once they see I'm just there to get an education like them and I'm not walking around like I'm big man on campus, I'm just walking around in my sweatpants like any other guy out there. ... So far, it's been pretty tame and pretty nice, actually.
Each week on "Idol" you had to do a lot of preparation. How does that compare to pulling off a whole show?
It's totally different, man. The preparation for "Idol" was tough. We're learning brand-new songs each week and having to perfect them, and singing it for millions of people one night. So there's pressure there, but I'd say the pressure is a little more to put together the 22 songs in our set, and have the blocking right and have the lyrics right, and make sure it's going to come off as great as it can to the people that are out there watching. So, there's a lot that goes into a live show that doesn't go into an "Idol" show.
Brad Paisley is clearly a pro. What did you learn from touring with him?
I like to think that I learned a lot from him. I went out there every night with a ball cap and a hoodie on and just kind of watched him from the stands with all the fans out there. I learned a lot from watching him entertain but also the way he treated his crew backstage and the way he ran his tour. It was a very class act, and that's what I'm looking to do out here with my first headlining tour. I don't want to come off I'm like the big guy here, everyone answers to me. I want it to be like everybody's a big family out here, if we're going to be spending all this time on the road together. So far we're doing that.
There's been a long debate about whether "American Idol" is like a shortcut to stardom or a hard road to it. What's your viewpoint on it?
Yeah, I'd invite anybody to go do what I did for months and see if they could survive. There were times I didn't think I was going to make it, and I was talking to the family about buying a plane ticket home. It was tough, it was grueling, seven days a week, 24 hours in the day. If anyone wants to say it's a shortcut, I invite them to go out there and try it themselves and see how they come out.
I can see where that would be a comment they'd use back in the day, where there's pretty much only a traditional way to get into Nashville or get in the recording industry, but in today's age, there's Justin Bieber getting found by YouTube or social media, there's so many ways to break into it now, and it's still such a rare chance, but there's a lot more ways than the traditional way.
Do you sense that the established artists respect you, even though you didn't go through that Nashville route?
Yeah, I'd say most of them, especially in the country genre. I'd say all of them get it. Obviously there's a few who feel like what you were saying and only think the traditional way is the way to go. I would say that's just naive to think that. The best of the best, Keith Urban's out there and he's been in the industry forever now, and he did "The Voice" in Australia and he's doing "American Idol" now. And Carrie Underwood, she's the best of the best. Blake Shelton is on "The Voice." There's all these people in the country industry embracing these shows and the new ways to get into country music.
Did you always know that country was the route for you?
Oh yeah. I grew up with my mama, who was from Eastern Carolina, and that's all we listened to. Obviously, the pop and stuff, that's nationwide, but country music had a stronghold and a strong route throughout where I was growing up. There was really no question to me that country was what I loved. Obviously, you never really expect to get in the industry, it's such a rare thing, but I've been blessed, and hopefully I hold the country flag well.
What can we expect from the next record?
We're in the process of making it right now, and it's the sophomore album to "Clear as Day," it's not a holiday record. We're debuting songs out on the road right now and seeing how the crowd reacts. We've got about, I think, seven songs are cut right now. None are guaranteed to make the record. We're getting fan's reactions and that's kind of a cool gauge. I'm enjoying it. I think we're finding a lot better songs than on "Clear as Day." I love "Clear as Day" and I'm proud of it, it's me, but it was pretty rushed, and I think this one we'll have a lot more time to be creative with and really put my own stamp on it.
So you'll have more creative control?
Yeah, a whole lot more. And I'm actually getting a chance to write some, too. The whole album won't just be my writings, but the best songs we're finding are going to make it, whether that's me writing it or Joe Schmo out there, it depends. I'm not going to be partial to my stuff, but we're definitely going to give it a shot and try to write as much as we can and put stuff on there so people can see my style as well.
So, when you played these clubs now, you can't even drink, right?
No, no drinking. No gambling in the casinos. But I'm not there to do that. I'm just there to put on a show, so it's all right for me.
Scott Mervis: smervis@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2576.
First Published February 21, 2013 12:00 am

Scotty McCreery's Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013 will be in Pittsburgh, PA tonight

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Scotty McCreery hosting the CMA Keep the Music Playing show.

Not sure why you can only hear the video and not see it - I'll try to work on that Donna EDIT: Didn't want to make another post so I added this video here :) Thank you for the heads up about this video on the comments. Credit to: redcowhills.com

Upcoming country star McCreery seeks normalcy plus musical fame

 

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After Scotty McCreery sang an excerpt from Josh Turner's “Your Man” during his “American Idol” audition, the judges liked his deep voice, but wondered if the Fox show may not be his thing.
The judges reminded McCreery, a North Carolinian with a matching drawl, that “Idol” seeks a pop star, and does not focus on country music. But the teen, now 19, asked the judges to give him a chance. That chance led to the crown of the hit show's 11th season.
Now, McCreery, who will perform Thursday at Stage AE, watches the show's 13th season with joy, especially since the new judging panel includes country star Keith Urban. While other “Idol” winners and finalists, like Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler, entered country music after the show, Urban is the first country “Idol” judge.
“I think it's cool,” McCreery says. “I think they're trying to reach an audience, and make sure all the singers who are on the show ... can get feedback from people who understand different aspects and genres of music.
“I don't think it's geared toward one particular genre,” McCreery says about the show. “I think it's geared toward what the kids are strong at, and what America wants to hear.”
Although some Idols fizzle after winning, McCreery has moved ahead quickly and steadily. His first album — “Clear as Day,” which came out in October 2011 and includes the hits “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” — reached platinum status. Just a year later, McCreery released “Christmas with Scotty McCreery,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard top seasonal albums chart, and No. 2 on the country chart. McCreery won the new artist of the year title at the 2011 American Country Awards, and spent most of last year as an opener for Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality Tour.
“We've been extremely blessed,” McCreery says. “We could have never imagined the success we've been having with these albums.”
Though he focuses mostly on building his singing career, McCreery also attends school at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where the freshman attends classes on Mondays and Wednesdays only. McCreery — who tries to blend into the campus community as a normal student, rather than a celebrity — combines his studies with touring Thursdays through Sundays.
He is not attending college as a Plan B, but “for the value of having an education.”
“Education has been important to me since growing up,” McCreery says. “My grandparents didn't get a chance to go to college.”
McCreery has recorded about seven songs for his next album, though he doesn't yet have a release date. He is aiming for a Top 5 hit with the new songs.
He loves touring and performing live, whether as the headliner or as an opener for an act like Paisley, which he may do again.
“Fans are great at the live show ... singing songs back to me,” McCreery says. “It's always an incredible feeling as an entertainer when they're singing your own stuff back to you. It's one night when we can all kind of bond over a little bit of music.”
Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kgormly@tribweb.com or 412-320-7824.

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