TasteofCountry.com posted this review of the soon-to-be-released single. In the article, the reviewer, Billy Dukes, compares the single’s stylings to those of John Mayer, but says Casey’s singing sounds closer to that of blues, gospel and rock artist Jonny Lange. As for Casey’s guitar playing, Dukes likens that artistry to both of these blues musicians.
NashvilleGab.com posted this article with these flattering words about Casey and his newly released single:
I’ve always been pro Casey James, but when a guy comes from a reality show and looks that good, you kind of have to worry about his future in the real life world.
Well worry no more, kiddos, because we now have our first taste of Casey’s official foray into mainstream radio and it’s surprisingly – or not surprisingly – good.
On Roughstock.com, Matt Bjorke lists Casey as one of “10 Artists Worth Your Time”, including these words in his review of the single:
This tune is his debut single and it (is) a James Otto and Ronnie Milsap-like slice of Country Soul music that shows how strong a singer Casey is. Look for it to be available digitally soon.
Also on Roughstock.com here, Marc Erickson posted a video Casey performing “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” at Lambeau Field with this quote, “This is Casey James’ debut single. We picked him as one to watch in 2011 and this song is a perfect example why.”
Steve Warren (who writes music advice for country radio program directors) said of Casey’s debut, “It’s a very good week, gang. An impressive debut here. The guy don’t sound like anybody but himself. Got some character. And I like the arrangement, too. The beat is heavy, insistent but not overpowering. When Modern Country get’s rocky, this is the way it should sound.”
A few days, and a few listens, later, Warren added: “When I reviewed this one in the last edition, I was musing about how this is the way Country songs should be arranged when they get a bit rocky. I’ve heard it a bunch more in the last two weeks and, silly me, it’s actually more of a R&B record. I could hear any of a number of the Blues masters from the 60’s cuttin’ down with this one. And/or several of the R&B influenced Southern Rockers of the 70’s. Elvin Bishop, maybe. And certainly Delbert will add this to his set before much longer, I ‘spect. It is seductive and so very sexy.”
Brian Mansfield of USA Today posted this article announcing Casey’s first single, “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night.” The article lists some other hits that the song’s co-writers Brice Long and Terry McBride penned, and includes the lyrics to the piece’s sultry chorus.
With a wink at the new single, CMT.ca tells us here that “Idol alum Casey James doesn’t want his night to end.”
Former Fort Worthian Casey James has unveiled the title of his first single: Let’s Don’t Call It a Night, which he co-wrote with Brice Long and Terry McBride. Still no concrete details on when we can expect his major label full-length, but this is a promising step in that direction.
The single was also discussed in Music Row’s DISClaimer Singles’ Review. Robert Oermann said, “There was no contest for the DisCovery Award. Our winner is clearly Casey James. He might come from American Idol, but this Texan is more than a karaoke singer. He can actually play the guitar.”
More information on the song from Music Row: “CASEY JAMES/Let’s Don’t Call It A Night, Writer: Casey James/Brice Long/Terry McBride; Producer: Chris Lindsey; Publisher: EMI Foray/Songs of Send Me the Checks/Orbison/Turn Me On/BMG Chrysalis, SESAC/BMI; 19/BNA—Another day, another American Idol alumnus. This one finished third on the show in 2010. His single is a nicely bluesy outing with a slow-burn, come-on lyric. Promising.”
Country Your Way, said of Casey’s new single: “Casey’s post-idol debut is a very safe but an extremely smart choice. Night is a groovy summer song that barley shows any of his talent, but will undoubtedly hook people very quickly. Some may be surprised that he has chosen to try country, but his sound fits right in. James reminds me vocal of James Otto and his guitar playing can hold its own with some of the best like Keith Urban. Whether or not this track makes a big impact on the charts it is a good way to get people’s attention. James has already made some noise in the business earing an opening spot for Sugarland & got to play at LP Field during CMA Music Festival last June.”
Country Music Tattle Tale wrote a rave review. Here’s part of what they had to say about Casey’s debut: “Season 9 American Idol alum Casey James made his mark on the popular show with his bluesy voice, southern-rock edge, and stellar guitar skills. Now, Casey is working on his debut album release through Sony Music. His first single, “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” is making it’s way to radio airwaves around the country, and hopefully it does well enough that we get to hear more from Casey…Because he’s good…real good.” To read the rest of the review, click here.
Country Chart, which bills itself as the #1 independent country music charts magazine, also wrote glowingly of Casey’s new single: “Fort Worth native and American Idol alum Casey James sizzles with sultry country vocals in his debut single ‘Let’s Don’t Call It A Night.'” The review goes on to add that “James’ vocals are pure and crisp. While the new country artist was not previously known as a country singer during his brief-tv stint, his bluesy southern charm is a welcome addition to country music.” Check out the entire rave review here.
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