Scotty McCreery performs Solo in California (VIDEO)

Scotty McCreery performed his first solo concert tour in Lancaster Calif. to a crowd of 1600 plus. Check Scotty’s cover of “Man Of Constant Sorrow” by the Foggy Bottom Boys below.

Scotty’s album Clear as Day recently went platinum, and his single “The Trouble with Girls” just entered the Top 20 on the country chart.

Set List

Water Tower Town
You Make That
Love You This Big
Write My Number
Old King James
Yes Or No
Back On the Grownd
Out of Summertime
Dirty Dishes
Man of Sorrow
Better Than That
Clear as Day
Trouble with Girls
That’s Alright Mama
Trouble
Walk in the Country

  • Anonymous

    Oh, this is fantastic. He’s just so good live.

    Just wondering, would you post the other videos too, MJ? I am really, really anxious to hear Back On The Ground live. Been waiting for that since forever. 

  • hoa_teca

    Here are what I got from youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4udogvIRGlw
    Water Tower Town

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMPx1XDKwlA
    TTWG

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLJUbN4u9fg
    Write my number on your hand + That Old King James

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOinqpBFTdM
    Check Yes or No + BackOn The Ground + Out of Summertime

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGSbj1R7nbM
    You Make That Look Good

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGzn_dF60Kw
    Dirty Dishes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfxF_HC-1S8
    ILYTB

    Scotty sounded great!!

  • http://twitter.com/MarshaHann Marsha Hann

    MJ, it’s Soggy Bottom Boys.  Not Foggy Bottom Boys.  ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=776696753 Gail Drayton

    Scotty is fantastic.  I wonder if he knows just how good he is.  What a blessed gift we have in him

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Thanks so much for all of the vids mj and hoa_teca.  Very much appreciated!  I bet Scotty had a blast out there. 

  • Ringo

    Foggy Bottom Boys?!  LOL! Silliness aside, while the sound makes the performance hard to appreciate sonically, the video shows me Scotty has not lost those qualities that I think attract many: Scott’s endearing enthusiasm and lack of “coolness.” He comes across as a dorky high school kid just enjoying himself up there. It’s hard to imagine any other genre of music where this would be appreciated as much.   I mean, i can’t imagine a dorky rapper or rocker.

  • Anonymous

    He really is a true throw-back country artist and he is very good at what he does.  Very good. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    One of the things that excited me the most about the set list was that he made really good choices… there were brand new songs he hadn’t sang from his album and that he hadn’t covered–no Josh Turner.  And he sounded great!!  Wish I could have been there…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Oh, and something else cool–they kept adding seats:)))

  • Anonymous

    I’m down with dorky high school kid if you add “who really doesn’t sing very well, or know much about musical phrasing but doesn’t really care.”   And I itch to jump on that stage and POSITION HIS HEAD INTO THE MIKE.  So. damn. annoying.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D4PGLRRYPIRI6TG4OO7UWPG43M Cathy Kosak

    I can’t imagine listening to rocker or rapper…

  • Anonymous

    Believe it or not, Kanye West is sort of a dorky rapper.  Drake, too.  And the guys from Odd Future.

    Dorky rappers are around.  Don’t know about rockers so much, though.

  • http://twitter.com/expert1946 Camera Albinson

    Those videos are amazing…and I love the song selection.  Don’t know if he’s going to keep the same set list for his other solo shows (NC State Fair, Seaworld, etc.)…but I certainly hope so.

  • Anonymous

    Patrick Carney of the Black Keys comes immediately to mind. He emits a cool dorkiness. I’ll add more as I think of them.

    Elvis Costello is the first I can remember that made rock dorkiness cool.

    ETA: OMG, how could I not forget Angus Young. He was downright madcap crazy but dressed like a dork. Don’t know if this would count.

  • SaSa8

    Scotty’s first solo concert was a sell-out and based on the videos and fan response,  I would say it was an amazing night.  I watched all the videos and I think Scotty’s performance was great.  He performed a lot of the songs off his album and sounded wonderful.  His voice and pitch are always spot on.   I especially liked the new covers he sang.  Scotty and the band On Man of Constant Sorrow – WOW!  Wish I would have been there in person.   He has a great interaction with the audience and while he is 18 and still growing as a performer, he is a natural at singing country music and to me he really already knows how to do it right.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    I love Man of Constant of Sorrow.  I think the audio was hard to judge here due to the audience but its a good choice and Scotty was so relaxed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tara-Muscillo/1330604696 Tara Muscillo

    It’s interesting to me that you don’t like him yet you always jump to watch his videos.. You never liked him but yet are still intrigued…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tara-Muscillo/1330604696 Tara Muscillo

    I’d say all the  members of Death Cab for Cutie are pretty dorky.

  • Tess

    I think that it is often forgotten that Scotty is a skinny, geeky, 18 year old high school senior who didn’t have an iota of professional experience prior to Idol with a voice that hasn’t even begun to really mature and develop (don’t they say men hit their best voice in their 30s) who has been thrown into a genre that is pretty much reserved for said 30 year old guys with lush beards, bald heads, and smoke and whiskey enhanced voices.

    I find it truly amazing that anyone who is an old-time country fan would even give Scotty the time of day much less pay to see him in a concert…but, based on photos and videos they seem to.  Scotty had his first solo concert in an out of the way hole in the wall place that wouldn’t be on the list of places to go by his own fan base…and, he sold out to an audience of home-town folks, college students, and military personel.

    Scotty, apparently, seems to have something (IT) that is hitting a nerve for someone.  And I truly believe…though it may be a rocky road…that the something he has will continue to grow.  He is, pretty much, blazing an unpaved path and from all I read even critics are being positive (if not always over-whelmed) about him.  It will be interesting to see where he is at once his voice and his appearance catch up to his talent.

  • Ringo

    I am not sure I agree with you about Kanye or Drake, both of whom come off as cool and arrogant (and have no idea about Tyler T.C.’s crew).   I was not thinking about feigned dorkiness like Elvis C. or the Black Keys or Cheap Trick(all of whom come off as hipster cool IMO).  I just see Scott as a guy who doesn’t know what to do with his hands when he performs, and who appears to want to act cool but just doesn’t pull it off.  I think its his clapping during Man of Constant Sorrow.  He comes across a little awkward but completely honest; maybe puppy-doggish, if you know what I mean.  (And I don’t say that to be mean, just an observation which I acknowledge could be completely off base.)

  • Anonymous

    She should’ve performed this on Idol. I dug it.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic videos of the Lancaster concert! I especially enjoyed Man of Sorrow, although I do wish the audio was clearer. However, the screams from the audience says volumes.  If this is dorky, I’ll take dorky every time.

  • Anonymous

    I just reread the last few comments. Although I never thought of him as geeky and have been impressed by his voice from the moment I heard Long Black Train during the audition rounds, I can see how some of his movements can be interpreted as awkward.  I think that he was so into enjoying the moment and the audience that he just relaxed and sang. And judging by the screams and applause they enjoyed it all with him.  Maybe that’s what “it” is.

  • Anonymous

    hoa_teca & MJ….thanks for sharing the links.  I truly enjoyed them all.

    I just realized from watching the videos that Scotty is one of the very few performers out there that does not need any tricks, stage effects, backup dancers or singers to put on a good show…… all it needed was just him, his band, his microphone and occassionally his guitar  ( kinda remind me of George Strait when he performs  – not that I am comparing him coz George is King G.)

  • Chrissie H

    Following Scotty I see one impressive result after another, whether it´s his gold single, platinum CD, success with MV´s and tours and his continuously growing fb and twitter followers. Even his first solo concert was a success. Congrats to Scotty. Sold out though he is still quite new and it was placed in a dessert and only got little promotion. That´s quite remarkable.

  • Anonymous

    Scotty sings very well and connects well with his songs. Adorkable. His phrasing is great also. He has gotten a lot of rave reviews and has made believers out of former critics!

  • Anonymous

    um…Adele, Kelly C.,Sara Bareilles, tons of Indie, AAA, country, and gospel artists. Scotty is very talented and has an amazing start, but he isn’t one of only a few that put on a good show with minimal staging or minimal additions on stage.

    You just described the majority of artists out there!

    Nice accomplishment for Scotty! I wonder if he will have a small headlining tour this summer?

  • Anonymous

    Having been one of the lucky ones there, I can promise you this was a killer, killer show.  Scotty was perfect, and just like the major artists above, it was an incredible show and he was an incredible performer.  The video doesn’t do it justice.  He had the audience in the palm of his hand by the end.  His phrasing was perfect, his pitch was perfect, his persona was perfect, and he won a lot of new fans.

  • Anonymous

    Dorky, geeky, whatever. I love him. And IMO he sounds amazing live. 

    Just watched Back On The Ground and it was worth the wait. 

  • Nele621

    If Scotty’s first show was such a big success, there will be an up side and a down side. Of course the up side is he’ll have future successful shows. The down side is his fans will have to pay scalped prices, because the scalpers know how to quickly get the best tickets. Actually, they buy seats all over, from the best seats to even the back rows. Plan on paying, for some seats, 10X or more the face value.

  • Anonymous

    Just in case (because you never know) I didn’t get across that I also find Scotty to be extremely talented, can I just reiterate the fact that I do feel that way! He has the IT factor, I knew “it” from the first live performance on AI.

    Scotty was never nervous, always on pitch and had a way with phrasing and storytelling. (extremely important in Country music) I knew he was going to win and I knew he would be successful post-AI! His journey has been enjoyable to watch!

  • larc

    Nice accomplishment for Scotty! I wonder if he will have a small headlining tour this summer?

    The second and longer leg of Brad’s tour will be this summer.  I’m hoping Scotty will be part of that.  There are some lengthy breaks in this winter leg, so there may be in the summer part as well.  If that’s the case, Scotty should have plenty of time for one-offs like Lancaster, CA.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your post from the view of someone who saw and heard it all. For a Scotty fan, it had to be an experience of a lifetime. I hope you have it on video for your own enjoyment. I’m hoping the Paisley tour performance is just as good!

  • Chrissie H

    Thanks a lot for the review mm99. I found this vid on YT  which illustrates nicely how good he was doing and how much the crowd loved him
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfYQCza9Izc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • http://twitter.com/ScottyHaleyFan Maria Romeo

    I need to see this kid in concert again!!  He was fantastic on the idol tour!  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    That performance of Trouble is fantabulous! 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, yeah – doesn’t look geeky or awkward to me at all…looks like he owns the stage and all the fans along with it!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t think he is at all geeky…He’s just a teenage boy who likes singing, sports and his friends…think there’s a whole lot more of them out there than most people realize.  

    I think the “old-time country fan” sees him as a welcome breath of fresh air and takes them back to the days when country was country and country artists were actually singing country songs and were not some hybrid of pop/rock so it doesn’t amaze me in the least.

  • Anonymous

    I was also at the concert. Wasn’t the biggest Scotty fan when he was on the show, but like many of the idols, he can really sing. The concert was great and he sounded terrific and looked comfortable on stage. I didn’t notice any awkwardness. The concert was not a sell out. The sides were empty, which you couldn’t tell from the front. Ticket person told me they sold about 1,200 tics out of ~1,700….and the crowd was very diverse. As has been said, the videos don’t  do him justice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/diana.manton Diana Manton

    Scotty is just so Good and What a Great Solo Performance he did .  So proud of you Scotty such a Great Job

  • Anonymous

    That’s interesting you say that. This place is set up with 1440 seats and those sold out. They added 18 rows on each side with 7 seats on each row for a total of 1692 and those sold out too. There were fans tweeting at 7 p.m. saying that there were people still lined up outside waiting to buy tickets and so they were setting up more seats….hmmmm… wonder why they kept adding seats? 

  • hoa_teca

    This is a HQ version of “Trouble” – close-up with clear sound (it’s the encore song and he rocked it)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxPMET4WoeA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Also,  his first ever live performance of “Better than that” :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw7FYgkMRGM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    Better than that

    and a partial but close-up clip of That’s Alright Mama

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1xytnisiHk&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    That’s alright

  • Anonymous

    I got there at 7:40, drove all over Lancaster before I found it, and was very grateful that there was an opening act so we didn’t miss Scotty. No one was outside by then. Our seats were mid-priced 2nd row but to the side, right in front of the projection screen. lol Cramped AND we couldn’t see. We waited for the girl to finish to make sure there was no mad rush for the empty seats at the side, and then we sat it them, mostly by ourselves. So I don’t know why they would have added them either, cuz no one sat their but a few people.

  • Anonymous

    Scotty sounds great!  Ok…I have never been to a country show but I always try to support the Idol I back so I may just have to go to one of his solo shows if he its Dallas. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sim-Ai-Khaw/100002537599337 Sim Ai Khaw

    scotty rock the house live and he sing all type of song, george,elvis,travis,country, slow, fast. See the videos only is not the one to comment

  • hoa_teca

    The is a much better version of “Man of Constant Sorrow”!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65sCBj8VqgQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Here are the rest 2 songs in the setlist:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNOb4PVH3Mk&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    Clear as Day

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm1Q2B15nn4&feature=player_embedded
    Walk in the country

    He sang 16 songs nonstop in over 1 hour – it’s so good.

  • Anonymous

    I hadn’t seen the That’s Alright Mama and Trouble videos yet, thanks for posting those hoa_teca!  Glad he has this first solo concert under his belt.  I’d say it was a success for him and his band.  They looked like they were enjoying the heck out of it, lol.  The fans were very enthusiastic in those videos too.  One more thing, looks like he’s got a pretty decent band there!

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap. Trouble is amazing. I’ve never seen him rock that hard on a song. Can he please do that on the Brad tour or something? 

  • Anonymous

    If you want to read a beautiful story/review of a young girl’s (she has cerebral palsey) meet’n greet with Scotty last night in Lancaster, go to Moms4McCreery’s facebook page where it has been uploaded. You’ll love it!!

  • http://twitter.com/expert1946 Camera Albinson

    I don’t think they sell all of the seats in that venue when the stage is at one end.  A lot of the side seats especially the closer to the stage you get, are almost useless.  People were reporting that there were some last minute tickets sold (almost at showtime, I gather), and they were snapped up asap but those seats were the side seats.  Plus, since so many people rushed out of their seats and toward the stage when Scotty was announced, it would be tough to judge just how many seats were actually unsold.

  • Anonymous

    Soggy Bottom Boys are Dan Kiminski and members of Union Station, the band that records and tours with Alison Krauss. The song is from the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” George Clooney lip-synched because, he may be a great actor, director and screenwriter (he’s an Oscar winner and nominee if you don’t believe me), but singing he can’t. Surprised Scotty would know this song. The album won 6 Grammys and sold 6 million albums with virtually no radio airplay. Maybe a band member suggested it. Or maybe he knows more about country music than he lets on? More, more, more!

  • casper

    Scotty’s mother said in an interview that when the movie came out, Scotty was obsessed with this soundtrack.  He would spend hours trying to learn the guitar chords to the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.  He was quite young then.  Here is a much better HD recording of it from last night.  The quality is much better and he sounds great.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr0Brs_w4ak&feature=player_embedded#! 

  • Anonymous

    A touching story…so happy for the young girl and kudos to Scotty for making her so happy.

  • larc

    ScottyMcCreery
    Scotty McCreery

    Playing a little ball on the bus tonight.. pic.twitter.com/JhUScxMb

    2 hours ago

    What is Scotty doing on the bus?  I thought he would probably head back home after the Lancaster show.  He doesn’t have another tour show with Brad until Feb 9 in Spokane.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know he ever indicated he didn’t know much about country music. He has said he basically listens only to country music and Alison Krauss’s music is country, blue-grass but still country. So I’m really surprised you thought that.

  • BonnieDee

    I don’t usually comment on Scotty stuff, but Man of Constant Sorrow is lacking the wonderful bluegrass sound that Alison Krauss and Union Station give to it.  It sounds like a generic country pop song here.  I’m only commenting because MOCS and Union Station are long time favorites.  Dan Tyminski from Union Station is the one that sang this song in the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou, (and won a Grammy for it), and I just don’t think anyone can take out the bluegrass and sound good on this song. The bluegrass sound is too important to just abandon it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALcdFAAojt4  At the link is the right sound for that song.

  • hoa_teca

    First of all, the version that Scotty sang, as pointed out in an article from Tasteofcountry, ” is well-rehearsed, down to the theatrical introduction (those who’ve seen the movie will recognize what he’s trying to do). The nearly four-minute long clip includes a banjo, guitar and bass solo”.

    it’s just a one-off event and while it may not sound bluegrass enough for you, bluegrass isn’t the only right sound for this song – singers can change it up if they want to. And Scotty has his own interpretation of the song.

    I never pay attention to this song until Scotty sang it  The last thing people can expect from Scotty is changing up a bluegrass song into a generic pop country song. I find no pop element in Scotty’s version. It’s very country to me.  But you find it country-pop, so then fine, cos that your opinion and I knew from the start that we have very different taste in music.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    I’m coming to think he knows quite a bit.  See the above comment about him  and the movie, plus when you voted for the ACM awards, he was asked about his favorite ACM memory and he had a very specific one about Brad–knows all Brad’s songs, owns all his albums, researched Randy Jackson’s production of Travis Tritt before he auditioned for Idol…

    I agree–more, more, more!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    I’m curious, too–also, last week when they went to Disney–it doesn’t take being there from Sunday to Tuesday for a Tuesday night show?  Hmmm…hope something interesting is in the works:))

  • Anonymous

    Being that he is in CA, perhaps the filming for his cameo appearance on “Hart of Dixie” is in the area. Just a thought!

  • mchcat

    When I heard he was singing this I hoped he would take the bluegrass sound out – much as I love country music I cannot stand the bluegrass sound –   I liked this version much better – it is still country no pop sound at all

  • Anonymous

    Bonnie I actually think there is a little blue grass sound to this interpertation.
    There have been three performanceson on this blog recently Kelly C doing Heart, Lauren doing Kelly C and now Scotty doing Union Station.  We fall in love with a great original performance and then its is hard for anyone to measure up,  I felt in all three cases that these three young adults did really nice jobs and gave enjoyable performances that also showed their own voice not just a straight cover.  In Lauren and Scotty case I think because they are still so new it is brave to take these things on and open yourself up to comparision, I dont think Kelly has to worry about that at this point in her career.  So as I said about Lauren and Kelly nice job Scotty.

  • BonnieDee

    I get what you are saying.  I’m not criticizing Scotty’s singing at all.  I’m just not fond of the arrangement and the move away from Bluegrass in the song.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Hart of Dixie is filmed in Bluebell, Alabama…no kidding…so don’t think that’s it:)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Okay, maybe I was wrong…CW just tweeted that they’re interviewing Scotty today on set…mystery solved?

  • Anonymous

    Just the fact that it’s not mainstream country and his age. He would have been younger than his teens when that movie and soundtrack came out.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Scotty was also dressing as Elvis when he was about 5. Not typical.

    I think there’s a lot more musical depth there than many people realize. Plus he’s also very intelligent.

  • Anonymous

    Scotty said his friends grew up listening to Backstreet Boys & N’SYNC while he listened to Elvis, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams, etc. So Scotty always knew his country music. Actually, I think he knows more about country music than many of the new & current country artists out there.

  • Anonymous

    hoa_teca.  Just have to say Thanks again for sharing the new links (way clearer).
    Not familiar with either Trouble or Man of Constant Sorrow .Anyways, I was smiling ear to ear watching Trouble.
    As for Man of Constant Sorrow…..whether it’s bluegrass, redgrass, greengrass….I thought he sang it well. Lol.

  • Anonymous

    Man of Constant Sorrow became quite popular for awhile and transcended genre (imo) when the movie, “Brother Where Art Thou?” came out and kind of exploded on the scene.  People were just drawn to it, sang it, karaoked it (and still do), and had a lot of fun with it.  Not really seeing it as a song to analyze all that deeply, but I understand why some would.  To me, bottom line, it’s a feel good song….makes ya smile and all that :).  I think Scotty did a good job with it and I think him and the band got the performance and response they wanted out of it.  Kuddos.