One of Western Colorado's favorite Country stars, Neal McCoy, is safe and sound after a fire engulfed his tour bus.

I received a message a few days ago from Neal's long-time road manager, Les Martines. Les has been a friend for a number of years. He messaged that on February 8, Neal's tour bus, Old Glory, was completely consumed by fire.

The event occurred early Saturday morning on Interstate 49, outside of Shreveport, Louisiana. According to ABC News, all six passengers on board escaped without harm.

In the grand tradition of Neal, he went live on Facebook with footage of the event. Afterward, he went live again, inviting first-responders to join him in his ongoing morning tradition, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Check out the video below.

According to Les Martines, Old Glory and Neal McCoy had been together for close to a million miles. Utilizing my "adequate enough to get out of high school" math skills, combined with a calculator, I estimate Old Glory journeyed the equivalent of 40.15902 trips around the Earth.

A number of years ago, en route back to Grand Junction from St. Louis, I spotted Old Glory, along with Neal and crew, and followed them westbound I-70 for a few hundred miles. As you know, McCoy lives for a live performance. That's one of the reasons why he's one of the best live entertainers in the business.

Thanks to Les for sharing this info. By my math, Les is in his 30th year as Neal McCoy's road manager. That says something about McCoy. Most entertainers are lucky to hold on to crews for six months.

Glad to hear everyone is safe. Hats off to Old Glory, and the all the first-responders who fought the blaze and ensured the safety of all hands.

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