Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Scotty McCreery is Pure Country

Kristi Kates - April 14th, 2014  

For country singer Scotty McCreery, 2011 was most definitely his year.

In those 12 months, the then 18-year-old won “American Idol,” sold 170,000 copies of his first single in one week, signed a record contract, and made music business history as the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with a debut release.

While his “American Idol” win positioned him for success, it’s really McCreery’s dedication to his kind of music that’s kept this upstart in it for the long haul.


McCreery’s long-term goal has always been to be near the Grand Ole Opry.

“I knew I wanted to finish high school, go to college, and then move to Nashville and try to make it as a country music singer,” he said. “That was always the plan and the dream. I just decided to take a chance in Milwaukee [at the “Idol” tryouts] and see if I could possibly make the dream happen a little faster.

“It worked.” Battling through 17 “American Idol” rounds of competition, McCreery showed off his singing abilities, always with one boot firmly in the country music camp. His takes on tunes by Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Lonestar, and George Strait endeared him to “Idol” fans, even though the music biz machine often tried to get him to steer down a different path.

“I would say the biggest challenge was convincing everyone I was going to stay country, no matter what they wanted to try and make me sing,” he said. “I was going to stay true to my roots as a country artist.”

Once McCreery won “Idol,” he took all of the opportunities the show afforded him and started cruising at top speed. His debut album “Clear As Day” was quickly followed by a Christmas album in 2012, and his latest set, “See You Tonight,” was just released last October.


“I wanted this to be an album that people can listen to and say, ‘Oh, that is Scotty,’ and it really is me,” he said. “I am proud of the first record, and crazy thankful for it, but we didn’t have a lot of time to make it. For this record, we took our time and wanted to make it as much ‘me’ as possible. It’s really true to who I am.”

Recorded in McCreery’s dream town of Nashville, the singer co-wrote five of the songs on “See You Tonight,” which he said is a big part of what identifies the album more clearly as his own.

“I had a good idea of what I wanted the record to say and sound like,” he said. “I’m not ever going to sing about me getting drunk at a bar, because that’s not me, but the subject matter and sounds of the songs are more mature.”

All the better to match McCreery’s voice, with its deep, resonant tones that are most reminiscent of George Jones or Randy Travis.

“I don’t think I ever sounded like a kid, because my voice matured early,” McCreery said, “but I’m proud of my sound.”


McCreery – bags packed and cowboy boots firmly in tow – is now on the road with his new album, “See You Tonight Tour,” which has already kept him on the road for much of this year.

“We just got back from a 21-day run, which is one of the longest runs I have done so far,” he said. “It was tiring, but great to see the response from the fans each night.”

Included in that run was a sold-out show at the 2,300-seat Ryman Auditorium – also known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. While “Idol” may have been a roundabout trail back to his Nashville goal, the point is that McCreery did it, as that sold-out crowd can attest.

“That was a feeling I will never forget,” he said.

Scotty McCreery will be in concert at the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee on Sat., April 19. For tickets and more, visit lrcr.com, and for more on the artist, visit scottymccreery.com.

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