I received a CD in the mail a while ago. And I’ve listened to it quite a bit. It’s different. But it’s good. Neal McCoy and Les Brown Jr., who you may know from the Big Band era, teamed up for a Public TV broadcast – and recorded a CD! They are joined on the CD by Charley Pride and Janie Fricke on a couple of the songs – two names from our country music past.
I never have had the chance to see Charlie Pride in concert, and I never saw Les brown Jr., either. I have been to a Neal McCoy show, and it was great. And I’ve even seen Janie Fricke, when she performed with our Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, a very long time ago.
McCoy says, “I grew up on pop music and Great American Songbook, and I love melody and good phrasing in whatever I’m singin’. As I established my cred in country, I started putting songs like ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,’ back in the shows. People love the old songs because it’s just great writing all around.”
McCoy and Brown also share a strong connection to the USO. McCoy frequently entertains U.S. and allied troops around the world, as did Les Brown Sr. in his many USO shows with Bob Hope. To date, McCoy has performed seven concerts in Iraq, two in Afghanistan, along with shows in Pakistan, Germany and Bosnia, on ships in the Persian Gulf and military bases all over the states. In the DPTV Media show, McCoy and Brown pay tribute to our military men and women with the song, “I’m Your Biggest Fan” to a great crowd reaction.
If you remember the Big Bands, and you like country music – this is a pretty neat mix of both. The songs on it are: “Put the Country Back in Me,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” “Sentimental Journey,” “Rednecktified,” “Shake,” “It’s A Cheatnig Situation,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “No Doubt About It,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “You’re My Jamaica,” “Wink,” and “I’m Your Biggest Fan.” Check the CD out here.
And just because I know a lot of Casey James’ fans will appreciate this – here’s a picture of Neal and Casey.
Busy, busy, busy – I wonder if things will slow down at all after the holiday?