McCoy celebrates at the Opry
Friday, August 2, 2013
– Neal McCoy celebrated his birthday by performing several new songs from his upcoming album "Pride: A Tribute To Charley Pride" on the Grand Ole Opry this week.
Trace Adkins surprised McCoy with a birthday cake and stayed to sing Roll On Mississippi, the track Adkins contributed to on the Sept. 24 release.
The disc also features Raul Malo of The Mavericks singing I'm Just Me and Darius Rucker helping out on Kiss an Angel Good Morning.
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Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride
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After seven years without a studio album, Neal McCoy has been quite busy of late. First came a collaboration with jazz orchestra leader Les Brown Jr., and now comes his first country record since 2005's "That's Life." To help make his return, McCoy has enlisted dome big time players, in the form of producers Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brent Rowan.
While McCoy was a reliable hitmaker in the '90s, he was most known for good-natured, novelty songs and an exciting live show. »»»
Les Brown Jr. and His Band of Renown Starring Neal McCoy
There probably aren't too many contemporary country singers who can put out a jazz album and make it sound credible. Neal McCoy can, but he has a bit of an advantage. He got his start singing with a small jazz band in Texas, so making him the lead singer of a big band isn't as much of a stretch as it sounds.
Les Brown Jr., along with his Band of Renown, do just that with "Music of Your Life," which blends Brown's big band orchestra with many of McCoy's greatest »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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If looking for opposites of what passes for a country musician these days, Seegers would probably just about be the top pick. Yes, he lives in Nashville, but he just retired after... »»»
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Cynical naysayers without a clue would aim their vitriol at Carlene Carter. Yes, she is one of the progeny of the Carter family, the first family of country music. And she is quite proud of it.
So much so that after watching Maybelle Carter perform with her sisters and being the daughter of June Carter Cash (not to mention Johnny Cash's... »»»
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