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Paul McDonald recalls good times in Atlanta

Paul McDonald at Gwinnett Arena. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Paul McDonald at Gwinnett Arena. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Compared to his fellow season 10 “Idol” contestants, Paul McDonald is very much the journeyman, similar to older contestants from previous seasons such as Taylor Hicks, Bucky Covington and Bo Bice.

Nobody else on this tour has the experience or perspective he possesses. He has been touring for years. As an Alabama native and Nashville resident, he has spent plenty of time working the small clubs in Atlanta such as Smith’s Olde Bar and Vinyl. He did 99X’s Unplugged In the Park at Park Tavern and the Virginia Highland Summerfest.  He spent his day off in Atlanta last Monday with his “Twilight” actress fiance Nikki Reed in Little Five Points and lunched at the Vortex. When he’s not on stage (and he spends less time on stage than anybody else on the “Idol” tour), he goes back to the tour bus and works on his original music.

He did “Idol” as a lark, had no thought he’d ever make it to the top 10. He’s just enjoying the ride.

I have to give him credit for getting a good portion of the Atlanta audience on their feet (without prompting) when he began singing “Maggie May,” his only solo number. But he got points off for me by asking the rest of the crowd to stand up. I always give performers major points off when they have to GOAD people to stand up. You may as well as them to sing along and clap, too. Ugh.

Here’s my video interview with him from last Tuesday during the “Idols Live” tour stop at Gwinnett Arena:

17 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

July 31st, 2011
3:05 pm

Not gonna scream FIRST

Mercedes S.

July 31st, 2011
3:14 pm

But I was… thanks for interview, Rodney. Video cut off after 4 mins, but Paul still came across well.
Nice to heard abt Atlanta ties.

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Harriett

August 1st, 2011
8:01 am

Good morning! Back from the beach this morning. Lots of rain, but oh, so relaxing to sit and watch the ocean. It’s my favorite place on earth.

Nutmeg

August 1st, 2011
8:14 am

Good interview. I love the seasoned veterans.

Even when just doing a cover, there’s something about a songwriter that comes across to me. It’s why I loved him on this show.

Idol’s better off for having him.

Mercedes S.

August 1st, 2011
8:20 am

Kings of Leon call off Dallas show, saying it’s too hot to perform. Weaklings!
It’s too hot when it’s “too hot to fish.”

Good Morning all.

Harriett

August 1st, 2011
8:37 am

Rodney, I appreciate all the updates. I was peeking in to keep up while I was gone.

Rickster

August 1st, 2011
8:55 am

He spends his time when he’s not on stage (and he spends less time on stage than anybody else on the “Idol” tour), he goes back to the tour bus and works on his original music.

Not only do I still not “get” Paul – I don’t get that sentence! :-)

Harriett

August 1st, 2011
9:18 am

Rickster, I “get” Paul and always have. He is just not going to take himself or anyone else too seriously.

Sam-A

August 1st, 2011
9:20 am

Mercedes: Saw the Steve C movie, and liked it ok, but it was a little slow. I actually liked Steve in it – a very sweet character (probably just Steve himself), but agree the stuff with Ryan and Emma was by far the best part of the movie, and this from someone who has never ever liked Ryan G. Don’t find him attractive in the least (well, nice body) but liked him in this. I think that was mainly because of Emma – have really liked her since “The Big A”.

Nana ™

August 1st, 2011
9:24 am

Good Morning All.

Still around, just don’t have the time to visit here much since keeping great grandkids during the day. They keep me on my toes constantly!

Will check in when I have the time.

Harriett

August 1st, 2011
9:46 am

Hey, Nana! Good to hear from you.

Sam A, I don’t think Ryan Gosling is at all attractive either.

Deirdre

August 1st, 2011
9:51 am

Morning!

Still on the other coast but not for much longer!

Nana! Good to hear from you and I totally understand why you have little time to blog.

Harriett…good to have you back. I never made it to the beach. Long trip from here and not that easy with a 5 month old.

It’s too bad that Paul doesn’t get more time on stage but his style seems way more intimate than the large venues the tour is visiting. It will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

Neg Haleysox

August 1st, 2011
10:01 am

Haley gives a detailed video interview about her upcoming album. She’ll wait until the end of the tour before beginning any recording, hopes to get some originals on the album, and adds that Interscope seems very excited to add the bluesy/sultry performer to their otherwise hip-hop/pop intensive lineup. http://youtu.be/31jcM44gvLc

Branch Loveless

August 1st, 2011
10:16 am

Guess what? A new thread is up….Fantasia’s pregnant! Batten down the hatches.

Neg Haleysox

August 1st, 2011
10:17 am

Oh, and for the dudes…some killer Haley leggy: http://bit.ly/rgrqqW

Rodney Ho

August 1st, 2011
12:02 pm

Sorry to start the week with some Fantasia news. I’ll have something new up later today…