A little more than a year ago (Monday, Aug. 24, 2015), Scotty McCreery opened our Appalachian Fair. He stepped out on that stage, and I remember thinking, ‘it doesn’t get any better than this’. Maybe, I thought wrong. On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, I was in the audience for my second Scotty McCreery show. And it was better. As talented as Scotty is, he continues to grow – not only with his music, but as an over-all real country entertainer. He still works the stage as well as anyone (and better than a lot); and, he still obviously loves doing what he’s doing.
The show was at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn. This is a beautiful 1,100 seat facility, and the perfect venue for any show. They do country concerts, rock concerts, classical concerts, ballet, magic shows, and even have Jack Hanna and his animals scheduled to come in before this season ends in the spring of 2017. NPAC is a great asset to our area. And, Scotty McCreery proved to be a great asset to NPAC!
While Scotty’s show is still all about the music, he has certainly added to the entire experience with a great stage set, the right use of white, colored, and flashing lights, and even a center-stage staircase that he used several times during the show. We heard the songs we expected to hear from Scotty, like “See You Tonight,” “Feelin’ It,” “Southern Belle,” “The Trouble With Girls,” “Water Tower Town,” and “I Love You This Big,” But, we also got some great covers of songs by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, Alan Jackson and Tim McGrw. Scotty is not only keeping up with the today’s changes in country music, he is keeping his music country enough for the older, traditional country music fans.
He seems to like his fans as much as we like him. He did a meet and greet before the show. It was a long one, and there wasn’t time for him to sign autographs during the meet and greet. But he had that covered. After you had your picture taken with him, you were handed an autograph picture to to take home with you. That isn’t something that happens very often. And, he didn’t mind getting close to his fans during the show either … at one point while the band provided the music, Scotty disappeared from the stage and returned by walking through the audience, shaking hands with fans as he made his way back to finish the show. As if that weren’t enough, at the end of the show, security moved out of the way so fans could approach the stage for a handshake, or an opportunity to snap a better photo with their phone.
His show isn’t just a ‘stand up and sing’ kind of performance. He talks to his audience, telling stories about his American Idol experience; his life in North Carolina, and his family. He is very comfortable talking to his fans, and he is a good story-teller. He talked about his grandfather, who he had lost a few years ago. That story led to a song Scotty wrote shortly after his grandfather died. The song, “Five More Minutes,” speaks to everyone who has ever lose anyone they were close to. If you wonder how special five more minutes would be, head over to YouTube, and watch Scotty’s performance of this great song at the Grand Ole Opry.
Those of us who had been to a Scotty show before were waiting for the beach balls. He didn’t let us down! He started singing “Feelin’ It”, pitching beach balls out into the audience for us to bat around, and there was no doubt we were all feelin’ it! This is a very special young man, with a huge talent, and a bright future ahead of him.
As good as Scotty is, he isn’t doing this alone. And, we really need to give credit to the boys in the band. I don’t think you will find a finer group of musicians anywhere. Here are the fine group of men sharing the stage with Scotty: Dylan Rossen, guitar; Joey Sanchez, drums; Justin Ward, steel guitar; Nathan Thomas, bass, and, Jeff Harper, keys. Some of them, of course, help with back-up vocals as well. And, they make a great team.
Before I go on, and post more pictures from tonight’s show, I need to continue giving credit where credit is due…. I owe one huge ‘thank you’ to Kimberly Brown. She is a friend, fellow concert-goer, and long-time reader of Country’s Chatter. Country’s Chatter is not too far from starting our 10th year and averaging 250,000 readers per month, and I think we’ve had Kim that entire time. To that, I have to add that she takes great pictures. Kim was sitting farther front than I was at the Saturday night show. So Kim, thank you so much for allowing us to use your photos with this article.
This was a great night, a great show, a talented artist, an awesome band – no one could have asked for more. To anyone who hasn’t seen Scotty McCreery on stage, do yourself a favor – make plans! I don’t think anyone left that theater without a huge smile on their face, and it was Scotty who put that smile there. I hope I have another chance to sit in the audience of a Scotty McCreery show again very soon.
In addition to Scotty’s website, visit his Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. You will find some other social media links on his website, too. And, you can follow him on Twitter @ScottyMcCreery. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.
.And now, here are more photos of our Saturday night in Greeneville.http://www.countryschatter.com/2016/10/a-scotty-mccreery-show-is-a-great-way-to-spend-an-evening/Reviewappalachian fair,Feelin' It,five more minutes,Grand Ole Opry,Greeneville,I Love You This Big,Jeff Harper,Joey Sanchez,Justin Ward,Kimberly Brown,Matt Reviere,Nathan Thomas,Niswoger PPerforming Arts Center,Scotty McCreery,Tenn.,Watertower Town