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Lead Guitarist Matt Reviere Leaves Scotty For The Band Perry
Nathan Thomas, Joey Sanchez, Jeffrey Harper, Scotty McCreery, Matt Reviere, Justin Ward
Heritage Amphitheater, Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield VA - Jul 28 Dagum McCreerians
On August 18, 2013, Scotty's lead guitarist Matt Reviere started work with The Band Perry.
Scotty fans know little--no specifics--about this change, so, the most we can say is what I have already said: Thank you, Matt, and best wishes
. . . but I am not pleased
, so I will state how I feel
. These views are entirely mine and do not represent Scotty or fans.
We recall that after winning American Idol in May, 2011, 17-year old Scotty McCreery forms his own band from scratch with Matt Reviere as lead guitarist, and, in October, 2011 releases his debut platinum album Clear As Day.
Then in January 2012, Scotty joins the Brad Paisley Virtual Reality Tour 2012 which includes The Band Perry, which well benefits from working with Scotty by seeing first-hand Scotty's effective outgoing, expressive, articulated singing style, and by spending time with Scotty's band Dry County.
After the Brad Paisley tour ends in October 2012, Scotty releases his Christmas album Christmas With Scotty McCreery and develops his own enormously successful tour Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013, which debuts in February 2013 with Matt Reviere and essentially the same band members from the start.
Then in August 2013, The Band Perry, in need of a lead guitarist (theirs left), instead of developing their own lead guitarist as Scotty has done, makes Matt Reviere an offer he cannot refuse and with which Team Scotty cannot compete, basically raiding Scotty's band of its lead guitarist . . . . . . . . . THIS after Team Scotty spent more than two years developing an amazing band . . . and THIS just weeks before the release of Scotty's highly anticipated second studio album with all the many events involved with this release, the tour in high gear, and Scotty grinding out college courses--all of which The Band Perry knows.
This Band Perry move is cheap, and it is not the first time that artists have taken advantage of Team Scotty's hard work.
There are many counter responses--"these things happen all the time," "this is just business," "Matt wanted to change," "this change will be a benefit," on and on--but NO, what The Band Perry did is cheap and disrespectful, and it is *not* a pass with me, even if Scotty may have graciously--out of no real choice--given his blessing.
Team Scotty will rebuild and advance, and part of that advancement is taking stock of this event in the many ways that we will.
For fans, when it comes to voting for awards, I vote for artists with the best work, and that best work usually comes from artists with the greatest souls. That is why we love Scotty so much!
Scotty fans will support Scotty in all ways possible and look forward to an amazing new album and great days ahead!!!
Allison Nguyen @hmmallis0n Did we just honk at @ScottyMcCreery to get out of the way? Yes. Whoopsies
Jeffrey Harper@jeffreyharper Great way to start opening weekend and great seats courtesy of NC State. Now just an hour until Bama plays!!!