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Earlier this week, country western singer Neal McCoy said the Pledge of Allegiance on Facebook Live in front of 2,000 cadets at Texas A&M University, where three generations of his family have graduated. "This is overwhelming," he said Tuesday morning as the university presented him with three flags that flew over campus in honor of his father, a civil engineer and A&M alumni who passed three weeks ago.
"He was most proud of my singing," said McCoy, who will play on Saturday at Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown. "I was the black sheep that didn't attend here. I went out and pursued my singing career."
After three decades, 15 career albums, three Platinum albums and six million records sold, he said in a thick Texan accent, "I think I've done ok."
For 470 mornings in a row, McCoy has said the pledge live. He started it as a way of expressing his patriotism during 2016's presidential campaign.
"We may not be all on the same page with our beliefs and politics, but one thing we can do is agree we live in the greatest country on Earth and respect our flag and country," he said."As kids, we used to say the pledge every day. I thought about getting back into that habit."
By mid-morning, McCoy's video reached 50,000 views. "There are a lot of people that love our country," he stated.
As a kid, McCoy's mother, who lived in the Philippines before meeting his father in the military, always said, "how fortunate you are to live in the greatest country in the world, because she didn't have those freedoms." That's one of the reasons McCoy embarks on military tours for U.S. troops.
McCoy has been on a never ending tour the last 30 years. The 2017 tour extends into November, with shows from Las Angeles to Florida and Canada.
"We don't even do tours, we just work all the time," he laughed. "We're not near as glamorous as the big name guys with their tour names and themes. We haven't had a set list in 30 years. You never know what's going to happen."
Since 1993's breakout hit "No Doubt About It," McCoy has delivered songs straight out of the great American song book. His first hit and others like "You Don't Know Me" and "I Miss You Already," about a man missing his teenage daughter before she's even left the nest, are featured on "Neal McCoy's Favorite Hits," which released in March.
"The Not So Real McCoys," a new reality TV pilot about McCoy's road life and personal life with his wife of 36 years and and children and grandchildren, is yet to air. McCoy changed his last name from McGaughey to McCoy when he signed his first record deal because it was easier to pronounce, which inspired the name of the show.