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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 CD review - Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride
Today, Charley Pride may be most known for blazing a trail as an African-American country singer in the segregation era, but he deserves to be remembered as a star country singer, not just a star African-American country singer. He was, after all, one of the most successful acts of his time, with a string of hits that any singer would envy. Pride's run of hit singles listed from the mid-1960s through the '80s, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. »»»
XII CD review - XII
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 CD review - 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 – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: 19 years later, Harris returns with "Wrecking Ball" – At one point, Emmylou Harris told the crowd that she could not believe it had been 19 years since she released "Wrecking Ball." That was most understandable because based on this concert tour devoted towards playing the left of center atmospheric disc, the song bird has hardly missed a beat. Harris' label, Nonesuch, just released a... »»»
Concert Review: Hurray for the Riff: more than just a great name – Hurray for the Riff Raff is one well-named group. Not that it signifies all that much musically, but at least it's catchy and makes you want to root for the underdog. With a lot to live up moniker wise, the band in concert - which, in reality, is lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans and her backing mates - more than lived up to the "pressure.... »»»
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