Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Scotty McCreery Shines on the Riot Tour

Country Junkie Nation

Scotty McCreery is sneaky one of country’s most popular young artists. He may not be mentioned in the same breath as Thomas Rhett or Brett Eldredge, but he’s every bit as good as them. By headlining his own tour last fall McCreery proved that he’s more than a novelty after winning Fox’s American Idol a few years back. It may surprise you to learn that McCreery’s seen three of his songs go platinum (sell a million copies) or that McCreery’s still just 21 years old making him younger than both Rhett and Hunter Hayes. There’s really nothing stopping McCreery from begin a superstar.
He’s got loads of young female fans – the type of fans who are likely to dictate the path of the genre over the next five or ten years. His voice is one of the few that can sing both up and down tempo songs and make it sound natural. Live favorites like “Buzzin'” and “Now” sound as good as his slower paced singles “Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls.” The next step for McCreery is proving to country fans who may not have given him a fair shot that he’s the real deal. That’s likely part of the reason he’s out on tour with Rascal Flatts this summer.
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Scotty McCreery performs on the Riot Tour at the Xfinity Theatre
The Flatts attract a wide range of country fans. There’s obviously a logical connection between the two artists – both skew towards a pop country, female friendly fan base. But Rascal Flatts also has a significant amount of older country fans. Those who fell in love with their early hits like “Skin,” “Prayin’ For Daylight” or “Mayberry” may not be familiar with McCreery, but by the end of the summer they will be. McCreery’s forty minute set includes all of his radio singles, a tribute to classic country featuring Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Alabama, and some deeper cuts from his most recent release See You Tonight. In that brief period of time he shows off why he won America’s biggest talent search – moving about the stage like a seasoned professional while effortlessly hitting a wide range of notes. If he didn’t look his age, you’d think McCreery had been performing in front of fifteen to twenty thousand people a night for more than a decade. One thing’s for sure after watching McCreery open up for Rascal Flatts at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT this past weekend – the sky’s the limit.

Scotty McCreery Will Be Performing in NY at the Guys With Guitars Under The Stars

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Live reviews
A freshfaced youngster to the country scene, Scotty McCreery has been causing waves since winning American Idol and scoring a #1 album with 'Clear as Day'. A fan base was ready and waiting following his TV show victory and his outings on the live scene have been praised more and more ever since. 
Now with two albums worth of hit material, McCreery is one of complete ease onstage. I suppose the transition from having millions of eyes on you each week to a mere couple thousand in a venue is a nice change as Scotty is able to relax further into his performance. He also has a great live band and seems to thrive from the jam mentality of his music style.

He builds a great connection with the crowd as he tells them meanings behind his songwriting and his experiences as a reality star at such a young age. They warm to him almost instantly and cheer even louder for 'See You Tonight' and US smash 'I Love You This Big'. By his final bows there is an unspoken unanimous opinion that Scotty is destined for great things.