Season 10 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is bringing his country music sound to Salem Civic Center. McCreery will turn 20 just five days after his Oct. 4 concert here.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Salem Civic Center box office (no extra fees there), ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. We have requested information on ticket prices and will release that information as soon as possible.
McCreery, whose central North Carolina twangy baritone sent him to victory over such performers as Lauren Alaina (who has performed at Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, in Roanoke), was most recently in Virginia on July 27, when he performed at Danville’s Carrington Pavilion.
He was only 17 when he won, and the intervening years have not been without controversy, according to several news sources, a former manager has sued McCreery, alleging in civil court that the singer did not pay him for his services. McCreery disputes the claim.
From McCreery’s publicity bio:
> “Clear As Day” garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released [in 2011], held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks and earned Platinum status in just three months. The album’s first two singles, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls,” were also certified Gold.
> The hot streak continued as Scotty went on to win New Artist of the Year at both the 2011 American Country Awards and the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards. He also picked up the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble With Girls” at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. McCreery was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s list of Top New Country Artists in 2011 and also ranked No. 4 on Billboard’s list of “21 Under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors 2012,” for his second consecutive year.
UPDATE 12:03 p.m. Aug. 5 2013
Fanclub presale runs 10 a.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Thursday.
Tickets: $51, $41, $31, $21.