Check out the cover of Casey James’s self titled debut album, due out 3/20! Also check out new comments from Casey about the guitar playing on his album.

Brian Mansfield of USA Today interviewed Casey James about his debut album, and has the scoop on how much guitar playing you’ll hear from Casey on it. Casey says “I did all the lead work, I did slide work, and I did some acoustic work, but I had the privilege of working with unbelievable musicians.”

Among those musicians are Ilya Toshinsky and Pat Buchanan and Casey heaps praise on both of them saying Toshinsky’s “a master of his instrument. I couldn’t play that good if I practiced for a thousand years” while Buchanan “can play circles around me, but he allowed me to play. He has this way of adding so much without ever getting in the way of what you want to do as a guitar player. He’s not afraid to lay back and let you play. That’s what I needed, and he did a great job of it.”

Casey also describes his album in the interview as one that blends oldies, country, blues, and rock.

Check out the tracklist for Casey James’s debut album here.
You can PRE-ORDER Casey James’s debut album HERE

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  • Anonymous

    Very sexy!

  • http://twitter.com/Adam_Lim Adam Lim ™

    maybe turn his face 45 degrees enough…90 degrees is bit too much

  • rayni

    Lawd lawd…thumbs up here :)

    But I bet the music is gonna be even better!

  • Anonymous

    Although the setting is entirely different, that pose reminds me a bit of the one on Kris’ album cover

  • Kirsten

    Er. No.

    He looks like he is turning around because somebody yelled an insult at him. The font is boring and the background is total dullsville. I like the blue, though.

    No, just no. Seriously. No.

    At least let us get a good look at Casey’s face so we can go “Hey,  I remember him on Idol!”

  • ronnie

    dull as dishwater

  • Anonymous

    I like it, but it’s not striking enough.  A bit bland.

  • Kirsten

    Although the setting is entirely different, that pose reminds me a bit of the one on Kris’ album cover

    No. No. Kris’s pose said “I’m a little worried that those aliens who just walked into the theatre might eat my brain” while Casey’s pose is saying “Did you just insult me? I’d kick your ass if I wasn’t so chill”.

  • LVD

    I think lettering is a bit light, but other then that Casey look gorgeous as always. I like the serious look instead of his usual much more smiling look. 

    I am glad Casey got to play so much guitar on his album, as usual he is so humble about it. 

  • Anonymous

    I just want that hair! Don’t like the font type OR color, but he’s good!

  • Tess

    Other than the fact I read this blog I wouldn’t know Casey James from a hole in the wall (didn’t watch Idol 9) and I don’t think this cover would entice me to invest $14.99 at my local Target store (though he is kind of cute in a pretty-boy trying to be a biker guy…ie, gritty and earthy).

    I do have to say I like his current song when it comes up on my radio station.

    Will he end up like Samson, though, if he ever decides to cut his goldie locks?

  • wonderings

    It’s all about the hair.
    (see also Pickler, Kellie)

    I’m surprised there’s no guitar. But then a guitar might distract from the flowing locks and that just Would Not Do.

  • wonderings

    Backstory: Casey took back his guitar from the no-good pawn shop over yonder. It’s stashed in his retromobile. He is oh – so – casually walking over to his vehicle to make his getaway…is he being followed? Will he make it?

  • LVD

    Will he end up like Samson, though, if he ever decides to cut his goldie locks? 

    Lol

    He actually really wants to cut his hair, but his label isn’t allowing him to. 

    It’s all about the hair.
    (see also Pickler, Kellie)

    I was thinking that BNA used the same photographer for these album shoots.

  • Anonymous

    Casey never takes a bad photo, and it’s rare to see anybody smiling on their cover.

  • Anonymous

    I love it – Casey is gorgeous as ever and I would recognize him easily from this picture. Really like that he has a more serious pose and look on his album debut cover! 

  • Miss Chaos

    I like the cover, nice, hes so pretty, and hair is too, I like the look over your shoulder look, and the black leather jacket.  Good luck to Casey, I liked the songs I heard from him.  He put up with a lot of crap from those AI judges and deserves a break, I hope his album does good.

  • Anonymous

    He is very pretty isn’t he. I like his blusey country sound I hope he finds some success.

  • LVD

    Other than the fact I read this blog I wouldn’t know Casey James from a hole in the wall (didn’t watch Idol 9) and I don’t think this cover would entice me to invest $14.99 at my local Target store (though he is kind of cute in a pretty-boy trying to be a biker guy…ie, gritty and earthy).

    I do have to say I like his current song when it comes up on my radio station.

    I guess that is the question, would you buy an album because you like the song on the radio, or because of the cover art? 

    Do people actually buy albums because of the way the cover looks? 

  • Anonymous

    He’s very nice looking.I hope he sell’s very well.I like his single.

  • epic_win77

    Good question, LVD. I wish I’m someone who buys CD because of the art cover. But I’m not that shallow. The Beatles White Album musta suc*ed cos it’s just dang pure white cover.

    This art cover reminds me a lot of rock/alternative albums I see on shelves. Which is refreshing… because I don’t want the dude posing with cowboy hat or plaid shirt just to fit in the genre.  

    But as most commented, he looks great. Dude cannot take a bad picture.

  • Anonymous

    I like it, I think Casey is easily recognizable from Idol.  I don’t think cover art influences the buyer all that much unless it’s just gawd awful.

    I love Casey’s comments about the musicians he worked with; he’s very humble & easy to like. His comments at the Opry about his mother & the fans were very sweet.

    Windmills – are you reviewing the album for us?  I know the media has starting getting copies now.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I always wondered what he would look like with short hair. He is quite the looker. :) Good album cover!

  • Indigobunting

    “maybe turn his face 45 degrees enough…90 degrees is bit too much”

    I agree. And I do like smiling Casey better. It isn’t a bad cover; its nice- just a little bland.

    I still haven’t heard his single once yet (hearing TTWG a TON though) on my station, but when it makes top 30 I’ll at least hear countdown spins.

  • Anonymous

    I might end up liking this dude… and hey, at least they got his “good”shoulder :)

  • Anonymous

    I have never bought or not bought an album because of the cover art, and I have a hard time believing anyone would.

  • LVD

    I still haven’t heard his single once yet (hearing TTWG a TON though) on my station, but when it makes top 30 I’ll at least hear countdown spins. 

    Which station is that?

    Good question, LVD. I wish I’m someone who buys CD because of the art cover. But I’m not that shallow. The Beatles White Album musta suc*ed cos it’s just dang pure white cover.

    Funny, I was just thinking that one of my favorite covers, if I really had to think about covers, is properly Metallica Black. 

  • sdmama

    I like it. Very natural Casey, and nothing that I can call objectionable.  
    If I am not a fan already, cover itself won’t persuade me to buy an album. If I decide to get the album, this cover may convince me to pick up a physical copy instead of digital download so that I can have it in my shelf.

  • Anonymous

    More face wouldn’t hurt, lol.   Not a country fan, but I like the single, and I like Casey’s brand of contemporary country. 

  • Anonymous

    very good album cover! I like the touch of his name appearing printed on the brick wall

  • Anonymous

    CASEY JAMES ALMOST SPEECHLESS AFTER HIS OPRY DEBUT

    http://www.opry.com/blog/?p=14456

  • Anonymous

    Beleive me it happens. I personally know two males who refused to purchase Adam Lambert’s first CD due to the cover art. They listened to mine all the time instead. I refused to let one make a copy of it.  One wound up downloading songs to his Iphone.  But they both still make fun of the CD cover.

  • HotHotHot

    Go Casey! I can’t wait to hear this!!

  • http://twitter.com/Trishdish2001 Trish Martin

    I am  so excited for Casey our Texas boy!!!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I have to agree with Kirsten here.  Heh  I would rather had, as others said, to have seen a smiling Casey because he has a beautiful smile and looks quite handsome when he does.  The most important thing is the music when it’s all said and done.  I can’t wait to hear it!

  • Anonymous

    Went into Amazon and the album cover looks much better there as in the picture above the bottom half-ish is not shown.

  • Anonymous

    He is an attractive man, but he seems to be showcasing his hair in this cover photo…..

  • Anonymous

    I was so involved with looking at his picture (hee! hee!) that I forgot to say that it’s nice how he gives kudos to the musicians involved in the making of the album. Being humble and down to earth have always been a couple of nice traits of Casey.

  • Anonymous

    They should have had him look just a little more towards the camera. Casey is a great looking guy, they should have used that a little more. It’s still a nice album cover.

    This album has been a long time coming. Congrats and best wishes for a successful album to Casey and his fans!

  • Anonymous

    It’s rather like Casey, I think. Clean, spare, direct. No frills or bells or whistles. “You either like my music or you don’t. Either way I’m cool with it.”

  • windmills

    Eileen99: Windmills – are you reviewing the album for us?  I know the media has starting getting copies now.

    I hope so! I haven’t gotten a copy but I didn’t really expect to until maybe closer to when his album comes out. If I do then I’ll definitely do a review. 

    I can cosign with the people who wanted a little more of the face but I’m fine with this album cover. A little surprised by the lack of guitar but I guess it’d be a little staged to pose with both a guitar and a car ;) I like the pale blue tones they used.

  • Anonymous

    i like his hair….and that’s it really. 

    the rest is awful

  • Anonymous

    I do not buy music without listening to it first.
    However, interesting cover and/or name of the album (band) can and did persuade me to check out the music on numerous occasions.

  • stargazed

    I wouldn’t buy an album because of the cover art. I buy because I know what the artist can do …. and Casey Can Do!  He’s an amazing musician and still wonder why AI didn’t realize the gem they had right in their hands and let him slip away.  I think he’ll do well and I’ll certainly buy his album.

  • Anonymous

    i think this album cover suits Casey very well. the simplicity represents a simple, easily contented, and grateful guy, all of which he seems to be. he’s also breathtakingly beautiful in my opinion, but chooses not to flaunt it. all in all, i’m lovin it and more importantly, looking forward to hearing what he has in store for my ears. hope he managed to incorporate some blues in there. what i have heard so far is enough to make me purchase it, and continue to be a fan.  you’re a good guy, Casey. wishing you much success.

  • Anonymous

    that cover its a perfect fit for his personality.

  • Anonymous

    I like it. 

    True, it’s not, say, Sticky Fingers, or Abbey Road, or Dark Side of the Moon, but none of those were *first* album covers.  They had more leeway around whether and how to feature the artists.  Plus, they were *album* covers, not CD covers.  Artists could do a lot more with those big cardboard sleeves. 

    Most of today’s CD covers are pretty meh to me.  There’s only so much that can be done with a little slip of paper inside a little plastic case.  I think this one’s pretty good as far as that goes.  The composition is a bit unexpected and the color scheme is both beautiful and, more importantly, different from most of the other CD covers out right now.  That should make it stand out enough to catch the eyes of a few more casual fans/purchasers in the check-out line.  Isn’t that what it’s for?
        

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Cassaday/100000840860401 Chris Cassaday

    The cover is great. Casey is gorgeous

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jo-Crawley/1193150385 Jo Crawley

    Casey was my favourite from season 9, a bit disappointed in the cover, not really very interesting.

  • everything

    If I did not know who Casey was from American Idol, there is really nothing all that unique, different or interesting in this cover that would make me want to stop and find out more.

  • LVD

    It’s rather like Casey, I think. Clean, spare, direct. No frills or bells or whistles. “You either like my music or you don’t. Either way I’m cool with it.” 

    I do think this is true enough, Casey is a very straightforward guy so the album cover fits his sensibilities. Most solo country male artists, have pretty straightforward covers.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve NEVER picked up an album because of it’s cover to find out more about it.  I know who I like and don’t like, and that’s all that matters to me.

  • everything

    Like all artists, Casey needs to continue to expand his audience, beyond the hard core fans. And a album cover is a marketing tool to not only appease existing fans, but also attract new ones. If Casey only relies on the 19K that follows him on Twitter, he’s in huge trouble.

  • epic_win77

    If Casey only relies on the 19K that follows him on Twitter, he’s in huge trouble. 

     

    Yeah, Twitter followers is an accurate gauge of success. Sugarland has 200K followers but I think they sold millions of albums. Casey James indeed is in huuggge trouble.

  • Anonymous

    Casey is such a good looking guy!  That said, I would have turned his head to look more forward.  Doesn’t have to be a ton but enough to at least see one eye clearly.  Have him engage somewhat with his audience.  Also, whatever is on the edge of the cover should be cropped off.  It draws your eye toward it and it shouldn’t be there.  Nothing should draw your eye except his face or name.  Then the car or whatever that is should also not be there as it also makes your eye go to it to figure out what it is. 
    I like that it is simple but would change those few things.  Casey could do the Phat Hair commercial.  yum!

  • Anonymous

    Looked at the cover at Amazon and it does make a difference.  I’m ok with the car now.  lol but I still feel it should crop off the extra on the left side.  Congrats to Casey! Kudos.

  • Anonymous

    yes, i know this to be true also.  I’m a huge Adam fan but totally hated the cover.  I’m loving the new one so much more.

  • LVD

    Like all artists, Casey needs to continue to expand his audience, beyond the hard core fans. And a album cover is a marketing tool to not only appease existing fans, but hopefully attract new ones. If Casey only relies on the 19K that follows him on Twitter, he’s in huge trouble. 

    Casey’s own fanbase is really so small after 2 years away from the show without producing an album, I pretty sure BNA are not even taking his idol fansbase into consideration. The only thing Casey can hope to achieve is to produce good music, and to hope that it resonates with country audiences. Casey has put a lot of effort into the music side co-producing and playing all of the lead guitar on album, personally I would say that effort is more important then an album cover. 
    Casey has been doing what every new artist does, and that is to do loads of radio promo gigs. As a new artists that is what you need the most, to be heard on country radio, and that is what is happening as Casey’s single is slowly climbing the charts. There is not much else they could do different, it is what all new country artists do.

    Revolutionary cover art isn’t exactly something you see in country, especially not for male country artists. 95% of country covers has the artists on them with either a guitar, cowboy hat or a pickup truck or all of  those things together.

  • Anonymous

    nvm

  • Anonymous

    “Revolutionary cover art isn’t exactly something you see in country, especially not for male country artists. 95% of country covers has the artists on them with either a guitar, cowboy hat or a pickup truck or all of those things together.”

    True, very true. And this is another reason why I like this cover because while it doesn’t break huge new ground, it does give out a different flavor than many country covers. It’s kind of retro, a bit alt. Now that I think about it, I would have been a bit disappointed if the cover showed Casey with a geeetar standing by a truck. And if he’d put on a plaid shirt and stuck his cowboy boats out, I would have gone…. ack! Cliche alert!!!

    So, yeah, the more I look at this, the more I like it. And it’s much better when you see the whole cover. That car is so cool and retro.

  • Anonymous

    ” Now that I think about it, I would have been a bit disappointed if the cover showed Casey with a geeetar standing by a truck. And if he’d put on a plaid shirt and stuck his cowboy boats out, I would have gone…. ack! Cliche alert!!!So, yeah, the more I look at this, the more I like it. And it’s much better when you see the whole cover. That car is so cool and retro. ”

    Thank goodness they didn’t have him do that! It just wouldn’t be Casey’s style. I think the car was a nice touch too since he loves old cars!

  • LVD

    It would have been pretty cliched if they had gone with the pickup truck and cowboy hat type of theme.  

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