Neal McCoy - Live!
Album Review By: Jolene
Downs, CSO Contributing Journalist
Groovepix Entertainment and Neal McCoy's very own 903 Music
label have released a highly anticipated and long overdue project.
Neal McCoy Live! is a DVD concert filmed at the 2005 Hodag Country Festival in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. They chose that venue for the filming as it has become a tradition for McCoy to perform there every year, headlining
the event that he started appearing at 15 years ago as one of the opening afternoon acts. If you have ever had the
chance to see Neal McCoy live in concert you understand exactly
why he was voted Entertainer of the Year twice. If you haven't been lucky enough to see him live, then this DVD is
the next best thing to being there.
Neal McCoy connects with an audience like no other entertainer I've seen. While you watch the show, it is easy to see why Neal has such a loyal fan base. He
acknowledges the people at his shows. He talks to them, he listens to them and he shows off what they bring to give him. He puts on the hats and tries on the cool little beer can goggles that
people make. He points out the different signs that are waving and comments on them. During one song he sees two little
girls who are waving at him in front of the stage. He reached down and brought them onstage for a hug and a quick
photo before carefully handing them back down to their parents. He is also very theatrical in his shows. He moves
around the stage constantly, dancing with the guys in the band,
or even himself at times. And he never goes into a show with a set list. You will always hear certain songs like
"Shake" and "No Doubt About It," but he covers things from different musical genres like "The Boys Are Back In Town" and
other classic rock or big band era music. For this show, he is promoting his latest album so he sings "Billy's Got
His Beer Goggles On," "You Let Me Be The Hero" and "Tailgate." You will always hear the fan favorite "Hillbilly Rap"
and it definitely gets the crowd moving. One of the things Neal is famous for is climbing things while he is onstage.
This show was no exception. He crawled way up into the rafters and was looking out over the crowd while singing this
song. He also exchanges his cowboy hat for a baseball hat turned sideways. The song he uses to close his shows is another fan favorite, but also one that is very special to Neal. It is how he feels about his fans and you can hear the
emotion in his voice as he sings "I'm Your Biggest Fan." He leaves the stage to the roars of an appreciative crowd.
Along with the 12 song set that night, the DVD also contains some bonus footage. In between the songs, it flashes to
Neal talking about life on the road and different experiences they have. The bonus features that can be accessed are
a backstage pass to the sound check, Neal meeting and talking with fans, Neal sitting down and talking about some of
the people who have influenced his career as well as a short commentary from his good friend General Tommy Franks. Neal
is very active with doing USO tours and he talks about his feelings on that as well. Anyone who loves great
entertainment will absolutely love this DVD and get many, many hours
of enjoyment from it.
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