For some reason, when the powers-that-be put Neal McCoy’s new album together, they put him on the back, and gave us a rather unassuming almost dull big XII on the front, with the words Neal McCoy, and Twelve. It did give me an opportunity to put the back of the cover up for all of you to see – I believe that’s a first for Country’s Chatter. But, this really isn’t about the cover – it’s about the music. I’m listening to the CD now, and and all I can say is this – I’ve really missed Neal McCoy! If you guys are ready for some great country music, this is the CD you have got to have. It will be released on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, and I can’t find enough good things to say about it.
When I first told you about this release date, I hadn’t heard the CD yet. Now I have. And I couldn’t be happier – about the music, and for Neal McCoy.The songs are great, and Neal sounds great, and I do have a favorite, or two, or three, or four. I like A-Ok, and Judge A Man By the Woman, Crazy Women and That’s Just How She Gets are really my favorites — but I like them all, and I think you guys will, too. There are a few slower songs on the CD, but most of the music is Neal like you remember him.
Here’s what a press release had to say about Neal’s celebrating: Country Star Neal McCoy celebrates the release of his new album, XII, next Tuesday, March 6, as GAC’s Fan Focus Artist of the Month for March. Early widespread media coverage and reviews surrounding the long-awaited release includes an exclusive live performance on Yahoo! Music Ram Country’s, “Music with a View,” an intimate interview on GAC’s “On the Streets,” a spread in Country Weekly, People Country, Entertainment Weekly, Dallas Morning News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, American Songwriter, Nashville Music Guide’s March Cover Story, and more. McCoy will be in New York during street week conducting satellite radio and television tours.
XII Track Listing: A-OK, Real Good Feel Good, Judge a Man By the Woman, Mouth, Shotgun Rider, That’s You, Crazy Women, Lucky Enough, Every Fire, That’s Just How She Gets, Borderline Crazy and Van Gogh
XII, produced by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brent Rowan, is McCoy’s first album in five years. In the 21 years since the Blaster Music recording artist released his first single, Neal McCoy – the consummate live performer and multi-platinum country singer – has released 11 albums, over 25 charted singles, and a string of top ten radio hits, all while completing 15 USO tours and supporting his charity, the East Texas Angels Network. He was also recently named as one of the Top 10 USO Entertainers of All Time.
I have only seen Neal McCoy on stage once. I would love the opportunity to see him again. I met him before that show, and found him to be a very likeable, friendly entertainer – who didn’t seem to mind spending a little time with his fans off stage, before he entertained them from on stage.
That’s it for now. the CD is great – I am glad I got a review copy early, because I don’t what to guess how many times I’ll listen to this between now and its release date on March 76. You guys remember that date, too.