I got the chance again to cover Scotty McCreery during his tour stop in Raleigh NC on 01/19/2019 at the Ritz Music Venue for QDR 94.7. This was the second time I got to cover his live performance. The first time was for a special QDR 94.7 event to help raise money for a charity, during that event I did have the opportunity to meet him and talk with him for a moment. He was a very nice guy with a genuine calm, kind and respectful demeanor about him. I will attach a picture below from this show.
When he announced his tour last year I already put it on the calendar and was looking forward to covering his show. This would be the first concert I would cover of him that he was the main headliner. The show was sold out. When I arrived for check in their was a line wrapping around the Ritz music venue with fans waiting to get in. It was crazy. After getting inside you could barely move around once your were on the main floor. After I got to the side of the stage to enter the pit, we waited for security to give us the go. We then walked in the pit and Scotty came on stage. The crowd went wild. He walked around the stage with energy just pouring out of him. He walked to each corner of the stage to get as close as he could with the fans and made eye contact while smiling and waving at fans. His voice was on point and his smooth country style deep voice draw came in full force. After we photographed his first 3 songs I and the other photographs checked in our gear and watched the show. He played all the big hits plus some newly released and recorded material. Fans sang back every lyric while screaming in blissful excitement. I think Scotty could also feel the energy the fans were giving back, to be honest I am surprised it did not blow him off the stage! Scotty was not only an American Idol alum but is also a North Carolina native and that in itself makes fans excited to see a home grown boy making it big in the sometimes difficult world of country music. Thanks to Brittani, Heather and the great team at QDR 94.7 for having me out to photograph his show. Check out their website to see news, music and more. I love working with them and they are a great team! http://www.947qdr.com/
Images are copyrighted by Chris Sturk & f28studio.com and taken for QDR 94.7