Neal McCoy, Williams and Ree round out 2008 Jamboree lineup

The Oregon Jamboree announced Monday the final two acts of its 2008 lineup, including the return of Neal McCoy opening for Trace Adkins and the Williams and Ree comedy duo kicking off the three-day music and camping festival.

Neal McCoy has performed at the Jamboree three of the past four years, and Williams and Ree returns after a visit in 2005 and the early 1990s.

McCoy is a country music icon and family man, a constant USO headliner making three trips per year to Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever American troops need a taste of home.

He is an unpredictable entertainer capable of veering from one of his own million-selling hits into “Whole Lotta Love,” “YMCA” or anything else. Even his own band has no idea where he’s going.

In 1988, he released his debut single, “That’s How Much I Love You,” under the name Neal McGoy, the pronunciation of his birth name.” Modifying it to the more common McCoy, he released his debut album, “At This Moment,” in 1990.

His career picked up its pace in 1994 with his third album, “No Doubt About It,” with two singles that topped the country charts for multiple weeks. The album sold more than 1 million copies. He returned to the Top 5 six times over the next few years.

He released his most recent album, “That’s Life,” in 2005 with the hit “Bily’s Got His Beer Goggles On.”

Williams and Ree are often referred to as “The Indian and the White Guy.” They have sustained a career over 30 years, packing casinos, clubs, and arenas from Niagara Falls to Las Vegas with their ever-changing routine that – more times than not – steers away from the off-color Indian jokes that originally established the duo.   

“The truth of the matter is that we pick on everyone, no matter what their background,” said Ree.  “We do songs, we do comedy.  Actually, I don’t like to label it comedy.  I think we entertain people.”

Williams and Ree met in 1968 at Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD where they began playing together in a band where they often filled time between their songs with their unique brand of humor.  After realizing that the humor became a bigger draw than the music, the comedy team was born.   

They have since shared the stage with acts such as Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys and Tim McGraw in addition to hosting “Country Kitchen,” with Florence Henderson, a show that entertained audiences for over 10 years.  

With the addition of these two acts, the Jamboree, running Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, has filled all 13 concert slots on its schedule, which features all national acts this year.

Aug. 1, the schedule starts at 3 p.m. and includes, in order of appearance, Williams and Ree, Western Underground, Trent Tomlinson and Sugarland.

The show begins at noon on Aug. 2, including Confederate Railroad, Rissi Palmer, Kellie Pickler, Joe Nichols and Randy Owen.

On Aug. 3, the show begins at noon with Phil Stacey, followed by Glen Campbell, Neal McCoy and Trace Adkins.

The Oregon Jamboree is the Northwest’s largest country music and camping festival, drawing 9,000 to 10,000 persons attending per day. It is produced by the nonprofit Sweet Home Economic Development Group. Proceeds benefit economic development projects and charitable programs in the Sweet Home community.

Three-day admission is $105 for adults. Single day admission is $70 for adults.

For more information, visit oregonjamboree.com or call 367-8800.

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