When Canadian country legend Jason McCoy takes to the stage in Quesnel, Nov. 26, he won’t be alone.
On stage with McCoy will be a huge screen adding country greats (which he was reluctant to name as that would spoil the surprise) to the show.
However, he did say his first set would be all the numbers people know, as well as some from his newest album The Perfect Gift. His second set will feature Christmas music, classics, chats and gags, many of which are interactive with the video screen and many guest artists.
McCoy grew up in a small central Ontario town and still calls Minesing home. With his wife and two small children top of his priority list, McCoy now plans his touring very carefully, always mindful of the family needs.
He credits his wife with having kept him grounded through much of his 25 years as an entertainer. And he used the term entertainer as he has become proficient in many aspects of the industry, both in
front and behind the mic.
“I met my wife when we were both teenagers and we travelled together in the early days,” he said.
“But we realized about eight years into it that was a little too close, so she went back to nursing school and loves her emergency room work.”
McCoy said with more at home time, he’s even found a way to pursue his career right in his home town.
“We shot a recent Christmas video in Minesing called Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, in a bright lime green bowling alley in the basement of the community hall – with live chickens and everything.”
The Perfect Gift tour promises to be a unique and interactive concert, with McCoy performing solo acoustic but with a decidedly high tech twist.
Along with the secret list of well-known country artists, the show will include scenes from his upcoming CMT special Christmas at the Grand, shot entirely in Nashville, Tennessee.
McCoy is a former member of the hugely-successful Canadian band Road Hammers and although legal wrangling with a record company forced the band breakup, McCoy is hopeful they can get together for another album.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said.
Road Hammers were the highest-selling group in Canadian history
and McCoy credits much of the success of the band to branding.
“With the Internet now, it’s all about creating a brand, that’s what the Road Hammers did, just slightly ahead of the curve,” he said.
“And now with digital downloads, it’s how you brand something.”
As for touring, McCoy is happy with crowds of 500 or smaller; he likes the intimacy of the smaller venues and the interaction with the audience.
“It’s almost like an off-Broadway show but with the new video screen it’s almost like a Vegas show,” he said.
“It’s a whole new ball game.”
Tickets for McCoy’s Quesnel show are $35 at Circle ‘S’ Western Wear and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Seniors’ Centre, Nov. 26.
What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.