Friday, February 15, 2013

Top 10 Reasons Scotty McCreery was liked at Sands Bethlehem Event Center


February 15, 2013 John J. Moser at 05:14:14 PM on February 15, 2013
Scotty McCreery live 1We liked the show by Scotty McCreery, winner of the 10th season of “American Idol,” when he played Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Thursday.
And in the same way “American Idol” whittles contestants down to the Top 10, here are the Top 10 reasons we did:
Scotty McCreery: We liked the 'American Idol" winner for 10 reasonsPhotos by Kevin Mingora/The Morning Call
Scotty McCreery live 2He sings well:  Make no mistake, McCreery, the 19-year-old North Carolina country singer, didn’t win “American Idol” just because he appealed to the show’s dominant demographic of young girls. Well, maybe he did. But the point is that he really can sing – at least as well as most county artists out there, such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan or even Tim McGraw.
Moreover, McCreery’s voice and technique have gotten far better since “Idol.” In a 90-minute show of 21 full songs and a medley of three others, he rarely lapsed into the deep over-affected  voice he used on “Idol.” Instead he sang in a nice, still-deep, natural voice, starting with the opening song, a new tune called “Rock This Night.” His voice also has gained innumerable confidence – to the point where he even took chances vocally.
He has grown: It’s not just McCreery’s voice that has gained confidence. His whole stage presence was more commanding – though he’s still no Tim McGraw, or even Luke Bryan, in that regard. But he’s on his way. For example, he was engagingly mobile and emphatic, and before he sang a cover of George Strait’s “Check Yes or No,” he told how “Idol” tried to get him to sing Lada Gaga. “They didn’t get it,” he said. “Three words: I am country.”
Scotty McCreery Live 3He acknowledges his influences: The Strait song, which he did very well, while playing guitar, was among nine covers plus a medley of others McCreery did (after all, he does only have one original album). But McCreery nicely made it about more than just doing other peoples’ songs. He made it clear how much artists such as Brad Paisley (whose song “Celebrity” he did and whose tour he opened for last year) have meant to him.
On Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It,” he cut loose for a fun run that was one of his best. Travis Tritt’s “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” closed his main set and Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” was perhaps McCreery’s best cover. He played it alone on a stool with acoustic guitar that was surprisingly good and singing that was dynamic.
And the two Garth Brooks songs McCreery did, exceeded Brooks’ versions. The crowd especially liked “Papa Loved Mama,” on which the four guitars from McCreery’s band lined up at the front of the stage, and he was way better than Brooks on “The Dance,” on which opening act Sarah Darling came out to duet with him.
Scotty McCreery Live 4He had a good band: McCreery may be young, but his five-man backing band was solid and professional. It nailed “Check Yes or No,” especially the steel guitar. It made McCreery’s “Better Than That” rollicking, fun and forceful; same with “You Make That Look Good.” On other songs, it was tight.
He has good songs: McCreery sang nine of the songs from his 2011 debut disc “Clear as Day” (oddly, not the title song), and it was clear why the disc debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s overall chart and has gone platinum (aside from the young girls thing). “Water Tower Town” was a nice country radio song. “Dirty Dishes,” which he sang in a nice voice, seated on a stool, was the kind of touching girls-and-moms songs he does well.”Out of Summertime,” with a good banjo, sounded like Darius Rucker. And, of course, his gold hit “The Trouble with Girls” was a standout.
Scotty McCreery live 5His new songs were even better:  As good as those songs were, McCreery was sincere when he said he’s more than anxious for his sophomore disc, and the three new songs he played showed why. In addition to “Rock This Night,” the new “See You Tonight” was really good muscular pop, and a song he didn’t identify – likely called “A Summer Tan,” was closer to country rock. For that song, the band kicked a half-dozen huge beach balls into the crowd. Looks like McCreery has another hit ahead of him.
He sang his “Idol” coronation song: I’ve seen “American Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Jordan Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze, and Only Clarkson sang her coronation song – and really poked fun at it by punking it up. But McCreery embraced his “Idol” roots, taking the stage to the sound of show host Ryan Seacrest’s voice proclaiming him the winner. And while his new confidence let him play with the song “I Love You This Big,” he paid it the attention it deserves and, in doing do, gave tribute to the fans who got him where he is, rather than dissing them once they won.
Scotty McCreery live 6He rocks: In addition to “A Summer Tan,” McCreery showed he can kick it up. His “You Make This Look Good” was bounding rock, and so was the encore, a cover of Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone.”
He’s not “outlaw”: Once was there was a sub-genre of country music made up of outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. These days, that’s standard operating procedure for all country artists. Even Taylor Swift is moaning in her songs. McCreery has his own niche: He’s not kiddie, he’s not outlaw. He appeals to fans who aren’t interested in either. And judging by the mixed-age crowd of something approaching 2,000 at the event center Thursday, there are a good number of them.
He’s genuine: Dressed in a plaid shirt and jeans, McCreery was just so doggone earnest, it was infectious. Thursday’s show did, after all, kick off his first headlining tour
 “It seems like just yesterday I was trying out for that little show called ‘American Idol,’” he told the crowd after “A Walk in the Country.” At the end of a jaunty “Write My Number on Your Hand” (one of the few songs he sang in that affected voice), he complied with an audience member to write on her hand, and it induced a rush to the stage. That left him signing autographs for a good two minutes before security stepped in.
“Wow, that’s the first time we did that,” he said.
He should expect a lot more ahead.

25 comments:

  1. This is a GREAT Review !!! A little long - but that's good too - well worth the time to read it! Way to go Scotty, you're off to a great start for a super 2013 !!!

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  2. I love it . The best review ever . People are starting to stand up and take notice of our boy something we his fans knew from the moment he opened his mouth on Idol and that beautifull voice came bellowing out that he was the winner and his boyish humble charm . I look back at that audition and it makes me cry how sweet he was and still is he hasnt changed just more confident and grown up . he deserves the respect and recognition of any other artist . To say he needs to work hard and earn his way at this point is rediculous. Radio better wake up and recognize he and his fans are not going anywhere and we are here to stay as Scotty says we rock.

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  3. I love this. Scotty is the best..there's no one like him...he's just Scotty and everybody needs to stand back because he's going to be huge star. He has fans of every age. I'm so excited to watch his journey....proud to be a McCreerian...I knew it, like the judges, that this boy was a star from the first audition and he's showing everybody it's true and all the while he's going to school, working on his career and staying humble through it all...he shows such character and a genuine spirit...it draws people to him... he's just a genuine good person and it shows. Sorry, I went off there...it's just that I feel he has enriched alot of peoples lives without realizing he's doing it...I know he's enriched mine. I'll stop now...just couldn't control myself...I totally adore this young man. Absolute Scotty Fan.

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    1. I agree totally.

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    2. YOU SAID WHAT I WAS THINKING! THANKS FOR PUTTING IT IN
      PRINT!

      I LOVE THAT YOUNG MAN!

      SCOTTY MAKES FANS FOR A LIFETIME!

      WHAT DID WE DO BEFORE SCOTTY???

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    3. ME TOO!!! Love you Angela. I Love This Review And Our Scotty. we were wishing we had A special artist's that love us too. and now we do and his name is Scotty McCreery. that Scotty is the new face of Country Music and when that happens we are going to be happy & Jumping up & down with joy. with it we knew it would happen. All I want to do is sceam it out and let the world know how much that I'm so happy that he is. cause of us his Idol fans!!!! Scotty we all love you this big and we will forever.

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    4. Thanks for the kind words. I just love this sweet, talented young man...he's the best and I love sharing it with others who adore him the way that I do. :)

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  4. What a nice write to star his tour,i hope many more follow.He has grown so much,and it's only going to keep on getting better from here on .Cong.to Scotty,and his awesome band there a good team.Love those guys.

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  5. Best of the best reviews. Scotty you drew in another fan judging by that review. I take umbrage with the comment about singing in an "affected voice". Nothing is affected with Scotty. What you see and hear is what you get....the real deal.
    Other than that it was an excellent review and well deserved by our Superstar. One would have to look long and hard to find another young man with all the integrity,humbleness,charm and down-right magnetism as our Scotty.....and with talent to boot. Not to say that others aren't nice young men, just that you have reached the top of the ladder when you strive to find one with the entire package as our Scotty has. It's all good, and Scotty will continue his climb to Radio Stardom. He is already the best country singer out there. Now I will back away and let other McCreerians have their turn. We can go on and on in case you hadn't noticed. Fanatic about this guy, fan forever.

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  6. Having never followed another star, except the Beatles when I was in 7th or 8th grade, it's been a wild ride following our Scotty. We call him "Ours" because that's how he makes us feel....loved, valued and appreciated. Never have gotten the feeling that he's taking us for granted.

    Such a special artist and person, such a great role model for others. He's talented, polite and just plain cute as he can get. Love him like one of my own!

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  7. That was a great review! Looking at pictures over on idol forum. The line for the Niagra Falls concert looks like it streatches around the block!! Looks like another packed house!! GO SCOTTY!!

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  8. OK - Everyone needs to call the phone number that he is writing on the girls' hands at these last two concerts. It is a recorded message from Scotty and you also get the same message in a text. For those who can not get it, it says - "Hey this is Scotty. Thanks for coming out to my Weekend Roadtrip Tour and letting me write my number on your hand. I hope you liked the new songs during the show. We'll be sending them to radio very soon! Stay tuned for more details at www.scottymccreery.com and thanks so much for supporting me and my music. Much love, Scotty" The phone number is 919-800-7527

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  9. Also just found this review on internet - thought yall might enjoy it also!!!!

    On the opening night of a tour you would expect a few technical difficulties or mistakes, that wasn’t the case for Scotty McCreery though. He took to the stage with a brand new song and got the night going in a grand fashion that would remain for the rest of the night in the Sands Event Center. By the time I allowed into the photo pit to begin capturing the performance on second song, “Water Tower Town,” the crowd was already singing so loudly I could barely even hear myself think. It was hard to believe that this was the first show of the tour because Scotty McCreery made it seem so effortless and well rehearsed, almost as if he had been doing this for years already. The performance had everything from huge beach balls in the audience, an amazing duet performance of “The Dance” with Sarah Darling, and a whole bunch of brand new songs for all the fans. I can’t say enough for how truly talented Scotty McCreery is, his live performance and vocals surpass expectations tenfold. Keep an eye out for his new album to be released in 2013 and buy tickets to a show of “The Weekend Roadtrip” tour because Scotty McCreery is the new face of country music in America.

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    1. Oh, that's fantastic! I'm truly smiling from ear to ear...so happy...he IS the new face of country music.

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    2. Could you post the link to this review please? TY

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    3. Here is the link - http://sightofsoundmagazine.com/2013/02/15/photos-scotty-mccreery-2-14-13/

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    4. YeeeeHawwwww!! That just makes me soooo happy!!

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    5. WOW !!!! Another GREAT Review !!!!!

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  10. I am so excited and happy about these reviews that I can't even type the comment I wanted to say. I agree with what everyone above has said. I am especially excited that one reviewer said Scotty sang The Dance "way better than Brooks"!! Someone has got to send a copy of this review to Scotty! Garth Brooks is "The Man" to him!

    Who knew? WE MCCREERIANS KNEW! AND WE KNEW A LONG TIME AGO!!!

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  11. Interesting that he came out to the Ryan Seacrest Idol Intro. Thought that according to the population here he was trying to ditch that moment from the past? You mos that is his key to future. He loves that time period and is skillfully using it to benefit and craft the future. Go Scotty do what you know is working the sheep heads will follow have no fears at all. Love you.

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