On night five of the six-day Appalachian Fair, Scotty McCreery not only sold every seat in the 1,200 seat reserved section, but also packed the bleachers, and filled the grassy area surrounding the Main Stage with thousands of fans. I’m not sure there was a blade of grass left to stand on, as the audience covered not only the entertainment area, but climbed the banks and spread into the paths leading up to the midway. They came to see a show, and they did not leave disappointed.
This was my fourth time seeing Scotty on stage. He has grown so much as an entertainer since we all fell in love with him on the American Idol stage back in 2011. He has fun on stage, and the audience can’t help but have fun watching. It seems obvious he wants to be there as much as the fans want him there. Scotty is one of a small handful of artists that I will go see every time they are in the area. An artist who is great at what he does and has a good time doing it, will have an audience full of people who share in that fun.
His No. 1 single, “Five More Minutes”, and his current chart-climber, “This Is It”, had the fans on their feet and singing along. But, that ‘on their feet’ part is pretty much true for the entire show. He has so much energy, and he is exciting to watch. You never know quite what you are getting next.
Most of the songs were his music, but we were all happy to see the ‘oldies medley’ is still a part of his show. Among the many older country hits we heard were Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’,” Randy Travis, “Forever and Ever, Amen”, and Johnny Cash’s “Fulsom Prison Blues”. Earlier in the show we heard Garth Brooks’ “Aint’ Goin’ Down” and the Eagles, “Take It Easy”, and his encore included Josh Turner’s “Your Man”. As at all of his previous shows, “Feelin’ It” came with large beach balls for the crowd to bat around while he sang. The fun just never stopped.
I am always happy when an artists sings some of my favorites, and Scotty did that when he pulled out “Water Town,” and from his new SEASONS CHANGE album, “Home in My Carolina Mind”, “In Between” “Wrong Again”, and “Move It On Out”. There is always a lot of great music at a Scotty McCreery show. But, as important as the music is the way Scotty connects with his audience. Whether you are sitting, standing, jumping, singing along or just clapping your hands, you feel you are a part of a Scotty McCreery show.
By now, all of his fans know that Scotty and Gabi were married in June, and everyone was thrilled when his bride joined him on stage during “This Is It”. I don’t know if she will be doing a lot of traveling with Scotty, but he had a few thousand fans who were very happy she was able to come to Gray, Tenn., on Friday night (8/24/18).
Scotty shares his stage and his spsotlight with a very talented, entertaining, fun-to-watch group of musicians. On keyboard, we had Jeff Harper; Guitar, Dylan Rosson; Drums, Joey Sanchez; Bass, Nathan Thomas; and steel, Justin Ward.
Going to close this out with more photos from Friday night’s show. And, a little suggestion – any of you who like Scotty’s music, but have never seen him on stage really need to make plans to do that. You can keep up with all the Scotty news and his tour schedule by visiting his website and Facebook page. He has a lot of other social media links on his website, too, so be sure to check those out. 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.
(Unless noted, all photos in this article were taken by Country’s Chatter staff)
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