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Interview with Neal McCoy: 'Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride' Special

Posted Sep 11, 2013 by Markos Papadatos
Veteran country music singer Neal McCoy has been active in the country scene for over two decades. He has had three platinum albums, as well as a gold-certified record.
Country singer Neal McCoy
Country singer Neal McCoy
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Two of his singles, "No Doubt About It" and "Wink" have reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country charts in the early 90s, and seven of them have peaked in the Top 10.
McCoy opened up about his latest studio album "Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride," which is expected to be released on September 24.
On being inspired musically by Charley Pride, McCoy remarked, "I had won a contest in 1981 in Texas. I met him through that contest and he took me under his wing for a very long time. I had traveled the road with him for six or seven years."
The song selection process for his new CD was a combination of the label's thoughts as well as McCoy's favorite recordings of Charley Pride. It features duets with such country artists as Darius Rucker, Raul Malo from The Mavericks and Trace Adkins. "Darius is a great guy and it was really nice of him to take the time and effort to be on this project. Darius is doing well in this country format coming from Hootie and the Blowfish," McCoy said. "I've known Trace Adkins forever and I told him what I had coming up and he agreed to be a part of it."
He also praised Raul Malo from The Mavericks for his singing talent. "Raul is just a great singer and well-respected in the industry. He is probably not as well-known as Darius or Trace, but he can sing different kinds of music. Raul is amazing and a really cool guy," he said.
McCoy listed "Roll on Mississippi" as his personal favorite track on the new album. "I just love that song and it really speaks to everything that the world is not about right now. The song is a little slower and a little lazier and it is exactly the opposite of what everybody is doing right now. For three minutes when people put this song on, they can hear references of me growing up on Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and it brings back some really great memories," he said.
In addition to his new album, McCoy noted that he will do a guest spot on a pilot for a sit-com and he will continue to tour throughout the year. "We still do over 100 shows a year," he said. "We take the time to treat people right and thank them for supporting us for such a long time."
He is most proud of entertaining the United States troops since he has been a part of 15 USO tours over the years. "To have the opportunity to entertain the folks that protect us was a pretty big deal for me," he recalled.
In 2005, McCoy was awarded with the prestigious "Home Depot Humanitarian Award" by the Academy of Country Music (ACM). "From an award standpoint, that is probably the best award that I have ever received since it was fan-voted and it was a nice pat on the back," he shared.
On the key to longevity in the music industry, he revealed, "It is important to put on great shows, be nice to people and to keep your nose clean by staying out of trouble."
When asked which female vocalist he would like to someday record a duet with, McCoy immediately responded with "Martina McBride." "Martina has been one of my favorites for years and she is such a great singer," McCoy said.
For more information on country star Neal McCoy, visit his official website.