Artist Spotlight: Scotty McCreery

I’ve never been a fan of “American Idol.” I don’t dislike the show; I’ve just never really had a chance to get hooked. But on May 25, 2011, like many others from this area, I was glued to my TV screen for the “American Idol” Season 10 finale for the tight competition between Lauren Alaina and Garner native Scotty McCreery. Alaina and McCreery are both incredibly talented country singers (one of my favorite genres), but everything in me wanted McCreery to win. First of all, there’s that deep, resonant, Josh Turner-like voice. Then, there’s the feeling of pride that comes…

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Anoop Desai on strict N.C. State Fair training program after American Idol tour

WRAL posted a fun video this morning that features “local dude” Anoop Desai going through a rather rigorous training program of deep-fried foods, robot dance moves and some weather report push-ups. Anoop is also warming up his vocal cords for his first solo performance post-American Idol. He’ll be in Dorton Arena during the N.C. State Fair Thursday, Oct. 22, on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day. If you come by the Fair that night, you’ll end up with a pretty good deal, as four cans of food will get you in the gates for free and Anoop’s concert costs only $5….

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The deep-fried re-re-remix

If you haven’t heard, the N.C. State Fair is hosting the first $5 Footlong Song Challenge with Subway this year. (I know you’re mentally singing the “5…5 dollar…5 dollar footloooong” jingle in your head right now. Yeah, me too.) You can check out the rules for the contest on the challenge’s Web site, but basically you choose a style of music (rock, country, hip-hop, bluegrass or island, which are provided on the Web site) and submit original lyrics focusing on SUBWAY Restaurants’ “$5 Footlongs” and the N.C. State Fair’s theme “Whole Lotta Happy.” We’ve had some really creative submissions. Todd…

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American Idol alum Anoop Desai rounds out Dorton Arena concert line-up

Since we announced the Dorton Arena line-up a couple weeks ago with one missing performer, our Facebook, blog and Twitter sites have been buzzing with suggestions on who should fill that spot. We heard a lot of good suggestions, but there was one particular artist campaign that stood out to us–mainly because the plea came from the artist himself. Our concerts this year have a decidedly local appeal, as N.C. natives Kellie Pickler, Eric Church and Jason Michael Carroll are all performing just a few hours (and in some cases, minutes) from where they grew up, and we’re happy to…

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