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Scotty McCreery 

When: Sat., May 14, 2:30 p.m. 2016

+ SATURDAY, MAY 14

SCOTTY MCCREERY

If the conjunction in the title of Scotty McCreery's new memoir, Go Big or Go Home, seems off, it's because he made his fame by doing both. After winning American Idol in 2011, he returned to Garner, North Carolina, to finish his high school pitching career and then enrolled at N.C. State. Meanwhile, he released a platinum debut album and several successful follow-ups that reliably placed singles on the Billboard country charts. McCreery is a clean-cut, appealing performer with an oaky yet creamy croon, a relatively restrained pop-country sound, and a firm grasp on an old-fashioned lingua franca of heartbreak, God, and gentle, clueless sexism, in which "The Trouble with Girls" is an object lesson. In short: They're irresistibly pretty, ultimately mysterious, and made of "sugar and spice and angel wings." (I'm not kidding.) On Garner's official Scotty McCreery Day, he visits the church of his youth—where he led the actually fairly awesomely named praise band Audience of One—to play a few songs, answer a few questions, and sign his book, which goes on sale May 3. Preordering one from Quail Ridge Books gets two people into the signing line. —Brian Howe

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER, GARNER 2:30 p.m., $25, www.quailridgebooks.com

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