Neal McCoy Returns To Mill Town
In 1993, Country singer Neal McCoy hit the Billboard charts with his consecutive number one tunes, “No Doubt About It,” and “Wink.” The late 1990’s featured two additional platinum LPs, a gold album, and six top ten singles.
McCoy is known for his shows with Wayne Newton with the USO tours. “Newton is the ultimate entertainer, even though most of the service men and women are young and may not remember his older songs. They really have enjoyed seeing Newton and myself entertaining our soldiers,” said Neal McCoy. One of McCoy’s compositions, “Take a Knee, My Ass,” always received a standing ovation.
In 2016, McCoy decided to encourage patriotism by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance live on Facebook every morning. It’s been 846 days since he started his pledge and millions of people have gone online to see him honor our flag. Every day, around 6,000 people recite the pledge with McCoy.
McCoy and his wife have created his own charity organization, East Texas Angel Network, to assist those children with birth defects or are living with terminal or life-threatening diseases. “We have always supported this cause in our communities. Every year my musical friends like Charley Pride, Tracy Byrd, B.J. Thomas, Lorrie Morgan and Martina McBride come to East Texas to raise money for the organization. We have enlisted many companies to also help when we have a yearly golf event.” McCoy has raised around 9 million dollars over 24 years to help the families with car and house payments and ease their expenses.
Neal has received multiple humanitarian awards from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Radio Broadcasters, and the Masonic Grand Lodge. The Lodge honor was in 2007 and it was the highest recognition given to a non-Mason. McCoy was also inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame. In 2014, he emceed and performed on Blake Shelton’s Ten Times Crazier Tour.
You Don’t Know Me is his most recent CD. “There are some amazing songwriters from decades ago like Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin who wrote “God Bless America,” a very patriotic tune, and “White Christmas.” McCoy’s album has him dressed like a 1950s salesman.
Like Larry Gatlin and Billy Dean’s rendition of “An American with a Remington,” McCoy’s “Take A Knee” was not supported by the record labels because of its content. McCoy was part of an HBO special where he tried to explain the reason for his tune. “My mother was 13 when the Japanese rounded up her family. If it wasn’t for the United States, she wouldn’t have been able to become an American citizen. That’s what this nation is all about.”
Neal McCoy and opening act, Judge Talford Band will be at Mill Town Music Hall on Friday, May 11th at 7:30 pm. Contact the box office at (770) 537-6455 for further information or online at www.milltownmusichall.com