By Scott Thomas Anderson
Sacramento’s queen of heart-breakin’ honky tonk and country-swing swagger will get everyone’s boots moving when she graces the stage at the Machinist Hall in February. Mae McCoy has been turning heads around the Capital Region with her sure-shot rhythm, her sterling vocals, and the filed-down, silver-spur attitude that she brings to country music classics. McCoy’s band, the Neon Stars, bolsters her style with steal-crying sensibilities over a clean purity of twang. When she’s not getting feet tapping at local dance halls and wineries, McCoy has been hard at work inside a Texas studio on her debut album, which is being produced by Lone Star State guitarman, Justin Trevino. McCoy is eyeing a potential summer release for that song collection. Her upcoming show in Rancho Cordova is part of the “Swing Sweet Home” project, which allows segments of her band’s performance to be shared on the Western Swing Society’s Facebook as Rancho looks to showcase the return of its arts scene following the pandemic. Mae McCoy and Her Neon Starts also post numerous live performances on their Youtube channel. The Machinist Hall event includes food, libations and a hardwood dancefloor. McCoy’s show runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public and $7 for Western Swing Society members. The Machinist Hall is located at 2749 Sunrise Boulevard in Rancho Cordova.