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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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.

MAPPING HIS CAREER

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.

“TONIGHT’S” TUNES

“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.”

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

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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