James Otto Joins Meghan Linsey For Steel Magnolia Shows
Steel Magnolia's Joshua Scott may be in rehab, but the show must go on.
The duo, who were invited by Reba McEntire to hit the road with her this fall, will fulfill those dates, with another country star taking Joshua's place while he battles his addiction issues.
Meghan Linsey has asked 'Just Got Started Loving You' singer James Otto to temporarily take Joshua's spot for select tour dates. "When I got the call from Meg, I thought it was a great idea," James tells GAC. "I thought our voices would blend together really well. I know that our musical tastes are very similar and we're coming from the same place. Man, who wouldn't want to be out on tour with Reba McEntire? That was one of those things that's a no-brainer."
"Reba's fans and playing in front of Reba is awesome," he says. "Her fans come there for a show, they come here to be entertained and if you give them all that you have - you really lay it out there on the line - you really feel the love back from them. Meg and I are really enjoying ourselves playing for that crowd.
The decision for Joshua to enter rehab was not an easy one, but his band partner (and fiancée) assured their followers early on that Steel Magnolia's concert schedule wouldn't miss a beat in his absence.
"I want to let you all know that as of now all Steel Magnolia scheduled shows will be happening, including the REBA tour," she told her fans on the band's website following Joshua's announcement. "Obviously with Josh taking this time to get healthy, he will not be with us, but we will still be playing the same hits you've heard at radio and putting on an amazing live show that might even feature some surprises! As hard as this time has been, I am excited to get out there and see you all. I cannot thank the fans enough for your continued love and support!"