Casey James is a singer-songwriter-musician who hails from Cool, Texas, and who has been playing a soulful mixture of blues, rock and country in a number of bands in and around Fort Worth, for over a decade. He counts among his biggest influences artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan and Merle Haggard.
Casey was signed in 2010 by Sony Nashville to its BNA label and his first single, “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night,” was released this past August and has been steadily climbing the country charts, currently at #22. Casey’s self-titled debut album was released on March 20, 2012 on 19 Recordings/BNA Records to rave reviews.
Casey came to national attention when he was a finalist on Season 9 of American Idol and wowed the live and TV audiences, the guest mentors, and the judges with his wicked guitar skills and sometimes honey-soaked, sometimes smoky vocals.
Casey was responsible for the two most memorable moments on American Idol that year. His haunting version of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy was widely hailed as the most moving and electrifying performances of the season. And, during the finale, he stole the show with a duet with Bret Michaels on the latter’s Every Rose Has Its Thorn that had everyone talking the next day. The videos fans took of his triumphant hometown concerts, when James made it to the Top Three, showed further just how talented and versatile a performer he is.
As part of the American Idol Live Tour, James was universally praised by concert goers and reviewers alike for his exhilarating set. Afterwards, Casey opened for Sugarland in early 2011 and introduced some of the new songs he’d been working on. The entire opening set from that first show in Little Rock, Arkansas is here:
Throughout the summer of 2011, Casey toured on his own and as an opener, in a wide variety of venues from small clubs to performances at the CMA Fest, during ACM week, and at the ACM after-party. He also has rolled out some other new songs along the way, as well as putting his own spin on some great covers. Here are a few videos of those recent performances to show some of what you can expect from a Casey James concert.
Love the Way You Miss Me:
The Good Life:
Done Made up My Mind:
Drownin’ on Dry Land:
Why I’m Feeling Blue:
By now you should be able to tell that Casey James is a musical throwback to the days when music wasn’t canned or pre-packaged or forced into some narrow genre. He plays a mix of all the music that has influenced him throughout his life to create something totally his own. His mix of blues, country and rock gives him his singular sound. Casey puts his heart and soul into each song and each performance, and those who have seen him in concert say it is extraordinary to experience it live. If you ever get the chance to see him play live, you’ll be very glad you did!
Here’s Casey’s first music video, for his hit single “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night.”
Casey co-wrote nine of his self-titled debut CD’s eleven songs and co-produced it with Chris Lindsey. Here is the track list of “Casey James” (click on the links to see video performances of the songs):
1. The Good Life (Casey James/Scooter Carusoe)
2. Crying On A Suitcase (Lee Thomas Miller/Tom Shapiro/Neil Thrasher)
3. Let’s Don’t Call It A Night (Casey James/Brice Long/Terry McBride)
4. Drive (Casey James/Brad Warren/Brett Warren)
5. Love The Way You Miss Me (Casey James/Brice Long/Terry McBride)
6. Undone (Casey James/Scooter Carusoe)
7. So Sweet (Casey James/Dallas Davidson/Patrick Davis)
8. She’s Money (Casey James/Jaren Johnston)
9. Tough Love (Casey James/Brett James/David Lee Murphy)
10. Workin’ On It (Bob DiPiero/Brandon Kinney/Daniel Tashian)
11. Miss Your Fire (Casey James/Chris Lindsey/Aimee Mayo)
You can check out Casey live all around the country as he goes coast-to-coast touring with his new bandmates Blaine Crews, Dino Villanueva, Justin Pate and David Kurrasch in support of his new CD. For upcoming concert dates, click here.