Brian Mansfield reveals the tracklisting and credits for Casey James’s self-titled debut album due 3/20. Casey co-produced his debut album with Chris Lindsey with fellow songwriter Aimee Mayo co-producing the album’s final song. Check out the tracklisting, songwriting credits, and links to live performances of 7 of the album’s songs. Tracklisting and credits come via USA Today. Casey James cowrote 9 out of the 11 songs on the album.

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) * see below for video
5. “Love The Way You Miss Me” (Casey James/Brice Long/Terry McBride) * see below for video
6. “Undone” (Casey James/Scooter Carusoe) * see below for video
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)

Brian Mansfield also reports:

Casey plays electric and acoustic guitar throughout his album, which features lots of the slide playing that his fans had been hoping for. Pat Buchanan, Ilya Toshinsky and B. James Lowry also played guitar on the album, with Dan Dugmore playing pedal steel.

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  • rayni

    Here’s another one I’m really really REALLY happy to hear about. Love this kid!

  • Anonymous

    A GREAT BIG YAY!  So happy to know!

  • mchcat

    Really liked him best in his season - hoping he gets a good start with this cd –

  • windmills

    Bulletproof, Never Walk Away, Show Me A Bridge, and Til My Guitar were 4 of my favorite CaseyJ songs so I’m bummed not to see them on the album. I also think Miss Me When I’m Gone is a really mediocre song, even more so than Let’s Don’t Call It A Night. But on the bright side Drive made it (2nd single please) and She’s Money is really catchy and likable IMO. I had to go back and watch Undone, it’s a pretty good one. Good Life is solid. So Sweet has never been my favorite but it has a really good hook. 

    Looking at the tracklist it seems like CaseyJ went in the direction of happier songs for his ballads. It’s too bad for me because he had a bunch of killer sad ones. 

    Tough Love is written by the same people who wrote Crazy Tonight which didn’t make the cut. 

    I’m still looking forward to the album and hearing how the studio versions of these songs turned out. Hopefully CaseyJ’s hand in the production prevented overproducing. 

  • Incipit

    I’ve been waiting for this one – the pedal steel worries me a little – but I’m still hoping for something I can buy, something that’s not all country. Even one track that harks back to the Keys Lounge, with the blues guitar, and the piano and the  gritty Road House feel. I’ve heard some of the stuff from this one – and I’ll check out the links, because I’m still looking for the deep cuts.

    I’m looking for this; “edgy and rocky and a little bit bluesy, a little bit old school, a little bit new school,” (Casey James – 8/12/10)

    I would like to support Casey by purchasing some of his music – I just can’t deal with country. So, good luck to him with this album no matter what – but fingers crossed for me.

  • Anonymous

    March 20 – my two favorite Idols release albums – happy day.

  • LVD

    Done made up my mind is my favorite song I knew it wasn’t going to make album (properly to much rock), but it is still a bit sad to see. Ditto with Bulletproof and Show me a bridge. I ve never liked So Sweet, it should rather be Why I am feeling blue. 

    Bulletproof, Never Walk Away, Show Me A Bridge, and Til My Guitar were 4 of my favorite CaseyJ songs so I’m bummed not to see them on the album. I also think Miss Me When I’m Gone is a really mediocre song, even more so than Let’s Don’t Call It A Night. But on the bright side Drive made it (2nd single please) and She’s Money is really catchy and likable IMO. I had to go back and watch Undone, it’s a pretty good one. Good Life is solid. So Sweet has never been my favorite but it has a really good hook. 

    The thing is people really love Miss me when I am gone, and it is not just Casey fans. There have been a few times when Casey has performed that song and afterwards people who didn’t really know Casey, wrote and phoned to radio stations asking for Love the way you miss me. I think it is a very catchy song and Casey really sells it when he is performing it, but I wonder if you can really capture that same emotion and live performance in a studio recording. 

    The video posted isn’t a good one, there is someone singing all over it, here is a better version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzIUupGStOk 

    I am excited to hear the 4 new songs, they have interesting titles. I guess this is the difficult part, if you perform so many songs live people will really start liking some songs, and you cant put everything on the album. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve fallen in love with so many of Casey’s songs that it’s tough not to see them on the track list, but his musical taste has always been excellent and he has an amazing gift for making me like a song on first listen and still have me liking it 100 listens later, so I’m very optimistic and excited to finally get to hear his album.  I second Windmills hope that Casey as coproducer means less over-production.

  • Anonymous

    About So Sweet:  for some reason, men can be heard on at least a couple of Casey’s concert videos requesting that song.  I like it, but I never would have guessed it would be popular with guys.  Go figure.

  • LVD

    I’ve been waiting for this one – the pedal steel worries me a little – but I’m still hoping for something I can buy, something that’s not all country. Even one track that harks back to the Keys Lounge, with the blues guitar, and the piano and the  gritty Road House feel. I’ve heard some of the stuff from this one – and I’ll check out the links, because I’m still looking for the deep cuts. 

    It is a shame some of those more bluesy numbers haven’t made the album like Done made up my mind, Bulletproof and Till my guitar.

    But She’s Money also has a really nice bluesy vibe and The good Life and Drive definitively has a rock feel.  

    Here is a video of The Good Life, She’s Money & Love the way you miss me (last):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqZCicEB9nE 

  • Anonymous

    When Casey was on the show, he was a guitarist who sang a little.  Since then, he has learned how to sing and he is really awesome.  I liked the first and third clips a lot.  ‘Undone’ just doesn’t flow melodically, and I need the music to make sense as much as the words.  Glad Casey took his time to develop. 

  • LVD

    I’m still looking forward to the album and hearing how the studio versions of these songs turned out. Hopefully CaseyJ’s hand in the production prevented overproducing. 

    That is the real surprising thing, that Casey actually co-produced the album. I am not that excited about Chris Lindsey, but Casey will keep things simple. 

    No wonder the album took so long with Casey writing, laying vocals, guitar and co-producing. BNA has really given him a lot of free reign. 

  • Anonymous

    Not surprised that he wrote/co-wrote most of it, but am surprised he co-produced it. Wonder how he managed to swing that on a debut album? were they just trying to keep costs down? because that’s rare on a debut album on a major label.

    I’ve heard that there isn’t a lot of blues stuff on the album. I was hoping there would be. But I’m excited to give this a listen — Casey J was easily my fave on S9

  • windmills

    girlygirltoo: Not surprised that he wrote/co-wrote most of it, but am surprised he co-produced it. Wonder how he managed to swing that on a debut album? were they just trying to keep costs down? because that’s rare on a debut album on a major label.

    Chris Lindsey isn’t a very expensive producer. I guess it’s possible the label will count CaseyJ’s producer royalties towards recoupment but tbh, I think CaseyJ’s coproducing because that’s how it worked out with him and Chris Lindsey in studio and that’s it. With CaseyJ playing on the record he probably had some specific ideas about how he wanted the instruments to sound and co-producing grew out of there. I say kudos to Chris Lindsey for getting CaseyJ involved on that side.

  • judes

    Love me some Casey J .These videos are great -not too country sounding .Hope he does well with his album.

  • Anonymous

    This is exciting! I’m so happy things are moving forward for Casey, I can hardly wait to buy the album when it comes out.

    I loved So Sweet, glad to see that made the album, and the co-producing is a very nice surprise.  Nice job, Casey.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    After Siobhan, Casey and Crystal were my favorites from Season 9.  My daughter met him at a restaurant and she said he’s even more “pretty” in person!  I wish him the best with his album.

  • Anonymous

    Bulletproof, Never Walk Away, Show Me A Bridge, and Til My Guitar were 4 of my favorite CaseyJ songs so I’m bummed not to see them on the album.

    Me too I’m disappointed in hearing that these songs didn’t make the cut, and I am surprised that some made it over others (Undone, So Sweet) – but I’m still very anxious to finally hear his album – get to know 4 new songs and see how the known ones turn out in the Studio.

    2012 is a big year for Casey. I wish him all kinds of success.

  • bbf546

    Casey is the last person left from Season 9 who can make an impact. If album is successful (which of right now, doesn’t look promising),Casey will be “the face” of season 9.

  • BeachBum

    What?? Let’s wait a few year’s before we make judgements. A career in the music industry is better when viewed as a marathon rather than a race!!

  • LVD

    I switched out the original Miss Me When I’m Gone video I posted for the one you did since you said that one was better quality. 

    Aww thanks Windmills! :-)

    About So Sweet:  for some reason, men can be heard on at least a couple of Casey’s concert videos requesting that song.  I like it, but I never would have guessed it would be popular with guys.  Go figure.

    What?! Really, now that is very surprising to hear. 

    Casey is the last person left from Season 9 who can make an impact. If album is successful (which of right now, doesn’t look promising),Casey will be “the face” of season 9.

    Well there is no way that Casey will sell idol type of numbers, so the usual comparisons are not really going to work. 

  • Anonymous

    Let’s just say it – eye candy. lalalala! And he sounds great too.

  • happyhexer

    Not surprised, but kinda bummed that Casey’s CD won’t have a more bluesy flavor. Frankly, Casey sounds best vocally (to me) when he mixes in a bit of blues. But if he’s going to expand his fanbase beyond Idol, he probably needs to get radio station airplay. And that means picking songs that will fit in with other songs being played by country radio. I hate that tradeoff, but it is what it is. I will have to hear snippets of the entire album before I decide whether to buy it. Casey was my favorite from AI9, although I liked the kids Katie and Aaron too.

  • meme4cj_

    Really excited that he has a hand in producing , should be a bonus for him . From the ones I’ve heard so far , half of the tracks work as strong single materials especially Drive . I hope Why I’m Feeling Blue will be a bonus track for iTunes or something , really like that one .
    Wondering if Brian has a copy of the album :
     
    brian_mansfield brian_mansfield
    @AimeeMayo Listening to “Miss Your Fire” right now. So glad I got you and Casey together. Didn’t realize Chris had produced the album w/him!

    ^^ Makes me excited to hear that one . :D

  • meme4cj_

    Blain Crews , his new drummer from FortWorth, TX posted his schedule on his website :

    1/21 Casey James – Milwaukee, WI
    2/7 Casey James – Las Vegas, NV
    2/10 Casey James Nashville, TN
    2/11 Casey James Angel Fire, NM
    2/12 Casey James Providence, RI
    2/13 Casey James Hartford, CT
    2/14 Casey James Indianapolis, IN
    2/15 Casey James Akron, OH
    2/20 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN
    2/21 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN
    2/22 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN
    2/23 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN
    2/24 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TNGuess that means he will be on CRS this year too ? What do you think Windmills ?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Congrats to Casey for co-producing on his debut album – whatever it
    sounds like, it’ll be his own direction…and I would like to support
    Casey by purchasing some of his music – I just can’t deal with country.

    Co-producing a debut album is a first for Idols (or any new artist), isn’t it?  I feel the same way about country as you do, but wishing Casey the best.  Good luck, Casey!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Casey J. co-writing & co-producing your debut album.

  • stargazed

    IMO, Casey is raw talent and I hope to see him doing well for years to come.

  • luly

    I hope his album will be successful! it’s great that he co-wrote and co-produced most of the album.

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

    This is a way better video of miss me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG1igtvT-74

     

  • windmills

    meme4cj_: Guess that means he will be on CRS this year too ? What do you think Windmills ?

    It sounds like it. The Country Music Is Love annual City Of Hope benefit is 2/21 and it looks like CaseyJ will be playing other showcases during CRS week. Either that or CaseyJ’s got him on retainer all week for anything that comes up. He’ll either do the Sony luncheon or the boat show again at CRS I bet. I wonder what CaseyJ’s 2/10 Nashville gig is. Maybe something for WSIX or WSM since he’s doing a bunch of radio shows that week.

    If there’s a strong feeling I should switch out the vids posted for other better ones of the same song, I’ll do it. But, I’m partial to the one I posted of Drive ;)

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

    Drive or the good life should be his next single. Miss me and undone are just beautiful

  • Anonymous

    Good for Casey. I listen to my local country station occasionally and I have heard them play Casey’s single recently. It is interesting that I no longer hear Scotty’s songs played on my local country station. Casey is writing most of his songs and I am impressed with that.

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, I’m all happy about the co-producing – has any other Idol ever had this for their first album? I can’t remember any off the top of my head. This gives me great confidence because I trust Casey’s sense of his music and his style.

    He’s also seemed to develop a pretty good sense of the business – the guy is smart. From his choices (of the songs I’ve heard), he’s choosing some solid country rock mixed with relatable ballads – all pretty uplifting and positive. Yeah, though I wish for some of his bluesy stuff, Casey himself said about choosing his first single that he thought it wise to introduce himself with an upbeat, fun song. I’m paraphrasing, but he said he didn’t think it was a good idea to get all deep and dark with people when they didn’t really know him at all. Smart.

    I knew it was a given that LDCIAN and Drive would make it. Happy about Good Life and She’s Money – two of my favs. So Sweet is pretty and catchy and could easily be a single. But I have to say my new fav is Love the Way You Miss Me – true it doesn’t have clever lyrics or an outstanding melody or huge vocal leaps but there’s something about it. I tear up every time he sings it. Maybe because I’ve been in that place and know all those emotions. I can see this song being absolutely HUGE if he does any kind of military shows.

    And four NEW songs from Casey? I CANNOT wait until March 20th.

    I’m a bit bummed about not seeing “Show Me a Bridge” and “Bulletproof” – I also miss “Till My Guitar”… well, hell. I could go on and on and on. But I think Casey’s looking long term – and this is a good, solid introduction.

    “1/21 Casey James – Milwaukee, WI2/7 Casey James – Las Vegas, NV2/10 Casey James Nashville, TN2/11 Casey James Angel Fire, NM2/12 Casey James Providence, RI2/13 Casey James Hartford, CT2/14 Casey James Indianapolis, IN2/15 Casey James Akron, OH2/20 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN2/21 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN2/22 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN2/23 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN2/24 Casey James CRS – Nashville, TN”

    Wow. Special snowflake is on a roll, isn’t he? Lots of promo.

    “But, I’m partial to the one I posted of Drive ;)”

    Don’t you dare change that vid, windmills. I’m way more than just partial to that one!

  • Anonymous

    This made me chuckle. I used to have a boyfriend that would hum “you’re so sweet” in my ear. Maybe those words are coded into the male DNA. LOL

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

    Watching all of Caseys videos make you realize how country music is caseys natural fit which should help him have some success unlike others who dont have a genre or force themselves into a genre that isnt them

  • iFoundIt

    Performer, co-producer, co-writer. That’s a lot to take on with a debut. And if Casey doesn’t bring it with sales, I can see him getting blamed for it. From a timing perspective, he would have been off releasing his album 6 mos after Idol. Now, Country music is more crowded with American Idols.  And I’m sure all labels will want the debut of a Scotty McCreery.

  • Anonymous

    I  think that Casey had by far the most star appeal on season 9.  He is a very skilled muscian, charming and need I say gorgeous.  I would love him to redeem his season by having a huge success.  The season’s problems had everything to do with the powers that be and not much to do with the young talented cast.

  • LVD

    Performer, co-producer, co-writer. That’s a lot to take on with a debut. And if Casey doesn’t bring it with sales, I can see him getting blamed for it. From a timing perspective, he would have been off releasing his album 6 mos after Idol. Now, Country music is more crowded with American Idols.  And I’m sure all labels will want the debut of a Scotty McCreery. 

    I do agree that it does come with a certain responsibility, if things doesn’t work out well then they would certainly point fingers at Casey. I am sure every label would love to have everyone sell like Scotty, but that is very,very unrealistic. BNA has stated that Casey has been signed on as a normal new artists, and Casey has been doing exactly the same type of promotion as any other new artists. I am pretty sure that their expectations are the same as with any other new artists. 

  • escape

    It really comes down to sales.  If Casey can sell and meet his labels’ expectations, he will be fine.  And if doesn’t, he will be gone – like many who came and went before him. 

    Of course, Casey is an exception and is the most talented, etc.  But so where those who came and went before him.

    Country music is no different than any other music genere.  There were others Idols who were a great fit with Country music, but that didn’t stop them from having problems.

  • escape

    Except that most new artists aren’t given co-producer, co-writer status, in addition to performing on their debut.   And they would have never signed him if he had not been on American Idol.  I would not expect him to sell at Scotty’s level, but his label will neverless have certain expecations.

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

    Some of the other country idols had bad luck. Labels closed, klc dont know what they were trying to do with her. There is something very different about Casey and how he is being handled. No comparison with most of the country idols like bucky klc ect.

  • meme4cj_

    Actually there are a lot of examples through out the history of music industry when new artists perform , co-write & co-produce their albums , if a label sign that artist because they believe in him and what he has , then why the hell not , it’s just something unfamiliar in the bubble and for people inside the bubble . most recent example is Hunter Hayes , who co-wrote the whole album , played every instrument & co-produced it and of course  putting his vocals on the tracks .
    As for expecations , Ehh! there was a good list from Windmills somewhere on here about new artists in the Country scene , what’s their first week sales / type of promo along with how their singles performing on radio and how labels build up for their career , it should tell what’s the expecations . ;)

  • Anonymous

    I don’t expect Casey to sell much right out of the gate, and at the end of the day it *is* about money, but any expectations Sony has for sales based on Casey’s Idol run are surely tempered by what’s happened with Lee and Crystal.  So far, Sony’s been very patient and shown no signs that they are worried.

  • Anonymous

     

    And they would have never signed him if he had not been on American Idol.  

    They probably wouldn’t know that he exits, if it wasn’t for AI, but since he was not the winner, Sony was under no obligation to sign him.  That they did, and because they’ve taken the time to work with him, there’s a strong indication that they see him as a viable artist, and not just someone from AI.

    I think that Sony’s view of the idol alums has changed.  They realize that in order for them to be successful that they can’t just rely on the idol fanbase, and that these former contestants need someone at the label who believes in them, and who is going to take the time to come up with a good A&R plan.  Since it’s been a few years since Casey was on AI, I doubt that Sony sees him as just another AI cash cow.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t seen much promo tying Casey J in with his Idol stint. It’ll be interesting to see if that works in his favor. On the one hand, a lot of casual AI fans may not even know he’s got an album coming out. On the other hand, if he doesn’t get stuck with the AI label, might be easier to get new fans outside of the bubble.

  • TheOther

    Having Casey wear so many artistic hats is also an inexpensive way for his label to get the album made. I doubt they paid him a lot money, as they would have with more established writers and producers. If the album works, his label probably reserves the right to reap the financial benefits.  And if not, they can just cut their losses and move on.

  • LVD

    I haven’t seen much promo tying Casey J in with his Idol stint. It’ll be interesting to see if that works in his favor. On the one hand, a lot of casual AI fans may not even know he’s got an album coming out. On the other hand, if he doesn’t get stuck with the AI label, might be easier to get new fans outside of the bubble. 

    I think it would also depend on who the idol is. In some ways Casey has always been a bit of a duck out of the water, when it comes to idol. Many idol fans think that Casey only got to where he was in the competition because it was a terrible season and because of his looks, or as a guitar player who sings (that is the most common one!). But on the otherhand some critics who dont like artists associated with idol, have actually given Casey good reviews because they see him as a true musician.

    That being said I really dont think Casey is distancing himself from idol on purpose at all,he is always happy to discuss idol whenever he is asked. It properly only seems that way because of the type of promotion he does, he mainly just concentrates on radio promotion, like any new artist would do while people from idol gets different promotion because they are already well known. Casey is not going to get special appearances because he was on idol or anything, people have long ago forgotten about S9. He is finally playing at the Opry next weekend but he waited his turn, like any other new artists. Other then that it is not as if he was ever a favorite of TPTB, he properly has zero chance to perform on idol this year and it is not like they are going to mention him or anything. lol
       

  • Anonymous

    I’m so excited that there are 4 songs that we’ve not heard yet on the track list! There are a few others that I really wish could have made it, but I’m hoping they make his next album. I think that this is a good list of songs and I can’t wait to hear how they turn out after production!

  • Anonymous

    Your right LVD, about Casey not making a point on purpose to seem separate from Idol. I’ve sometimes heard during an interview with him, someone ask him, do you mind if we bring this up about the show and he will say something like, of course not, that’s why I’m here and in the position I am now! He always seems grateful for the opportunity that the show has given him.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the link.  ‘Miss Me’ is as good a title as any…I like how it’s buried in the song rather than an obvious title that’s sung over and over.  I love the song, words and melody are a perfect match, which is not always the case. 

  • Anonymous

    “it’s just something unfamiliar in the bubble and for people inside the bubble . most recent example is Hunter Hayes , who co-wrote the whole album , played every instrument & co-produced it and of course putting his vocals on the tracks . ”

    Exactly, meme. I thought of HH immediately. To me, this is a sign that the label believes Casey J has the talent to write, perform and produce.

  • Anonymous

    “Having Casey wear so many artistic hats is also an inexpensive way for his label to get the album made. I doubt they paid him a lot money, as they would have with more established writers and producers.”

    Ah, but the label did put out quite a bit of $$ to hire a whole stable of well-established, expensive writers to work with Casey. The Warrens, Terry McBride, Aimee Mayo, Brett James, Brice Long, Patrick Davis – all of these peeps are well known in country music. And that’s not even mentioning songs that didn’t make the album – written with Oscar winner, Tom Davis and Delbert McClinton & “Big Al” Anderson and Sugarland’s Kristen Bush

  • LVD

    Ah, but the label did put out quite a bit of $$ to hire a whole stable of well-established, expensive writers to work with Casey. The Warrens, Terry McBride, Aimee Mayo, Brett James, Brice Long, Patrick Davis – all of these peeps are well known in country music. And that’s not even mentioning songs that didn’t make the album – written with Oscar winner, Tom Davis and Delbert McClinton & “Big Al” Anderson and Sugarland’s Kristen Bush 

    It is certainly not a bad thing to keep costs down. I hope they have really kept costs low. The less expenses you incur for the label the less you have to make up for it with sales at the end of the day. 

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

    Or maybe Casey wanted to co produce and had nothing to do with money.

  • Anonymous

    It all has to do with the money.

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

    Not always. I am tired of the crap that people are saying casey only got to co produce because they didnt want to dish out money. Do any of you ever stop and think that casey wanted a hand in producing and bna sees how talented he is a agreed to it. Casey playd several instruments and knows what kind of sound he wanted. He wasnt some young kid on idol who you were going to just have pick out songs and make a cd

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t say the guy has a lot of star power.  I’ve pretty much forgotten he existed, and that was WHILE he was on the show. LOL. Oh yeah. Casey. That’s the one that hasn’t performed yet!  Is he being handled differently than other artists from the show?  Interesting question. Producing doesn’t seem all that weird. It feels like when Crystal was allowed to record all her old [and IMO too old] songs without co-writers. I had the feeling they were ‘dumping’ the album back then. It was cheap for them, and frankly they didn’t seem to care. So I don’t know that this means that Sony Nashville is all HE’S A STAR! Certainly he’s being given more time to cook an album. The real test will be in his promotion. 

    That said, I do like his single and I wish him luck.  

  • iFoundIt

    Except that Casey has no track record to speak of. He really hasn’t proven himself in the marketplace – as a producer, as a writer or even as a performer.  So for his label to just hand over all this control seems suspect.

    But it could be a situation similar to what happened with Crystal – where label just really doesn’t care.

    I also agree that it does boil down to money.

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

    I think if you would go look at a lot of country artists who are new they are given a lot of freedom and control. This isnt pop music and like I said casey is a fully formed artist not a 15 yearold kid who didnt know what he wanted

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

    LOL. They wouldnt have been letting him find the right music if they didnt care and certainly would not of signed him

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always loved Casey, and when he was on the show it was because of that guitar. I didn’t care if he sang or screeched.

    But I have to agree with those who say his singing has improved. He sounds really good. And really marketable. I think “Love the Way You Miss Me” might have legs.

  • Anonymous

    BNA has stated that Casey has been signed on as a normal new artists, and Casey has been doing exactly the same type of promotion as any other new artists. I am pretty sure that their expectations are the same as with any other new artists.

    Source please?

  • LVD

    It feels like when Crystal was allowed to record all her old [and IMO too old] songs without co-writers. I had the feeling they were ‘dumping’ the album back then. It was cheap for them, and frankly they didn’t seem to care. 

    The only thing Casey and Crystal has in common is that they both happened to be on the same season of AI. There is no comparisons in the real music industry. For one Crystal is female (which means she already has a host of different issues in some genres), she was singed to Jive who didn’t exactly know where to market her. They wanted to market her to HAC and Crystal is more AAA. Jive made her finish her album as quickly as possible, they released two singles half-heartliy because they couldn’t agree on the singles. They are not even in the same genre so it pointless to compare. And I am pretty sure if we asked Crystal today if she regrets putting out her own music, she will not regret it in any way. That is who she is as an artists. Casey is straight forwardly a country artists, who have taken two years to produce an album, which again is pretty normal for any new country artists. If BNA completely didn’t care they could have made Casey release an album just after he was on idol. Things move slowly in country a new artists needs time to establish himself, that is how the country market works, many new artists are given a lot of time to develop themselves, it is not uncommon in country. They have released a single for Casey in August last year, and they are behind the single (see Aircheck adds ext.). They have calculated the time of Casey’s album release for when his single is most likely projected to be in the top 30, again that is pretty standard for new country artists. And currently as things stand, Casey is the new artists that is doing the best on the charts between all of BNA/ Columbia’s new artists (not that it is some kind of competition). That is what it is all about, the label needs to know that you have potential with radio, and that radio are going to play you because that is where they are going to market you in the future. If radio doesn’t want to play your music, then you dont have a future. But it takes time in country to built up that credit. Someone like David Nail would be seen as a complete failure sales wise in idol terms, he sold 12k his first week but he has just had a no. 1 hit. On the other hand I bet someone like Kellie Pickler could actually outsell David Nail, but her last two singles peaked at #30 on the charts, and that is causing her much more problems then album sales. However, BNA is still very much behind her. If a label thinks you thinks you have potential with radio, then they will be behind you. It would be the same for Casey he needs to prove to BNA that radio likes him and that they are interested in playing his music in the future, which again is the same with any new artists. The same is basically true for anyone who comes from idol.

    Except that Casey has no track record to speak of. He really hasn’t proven himself in the marketplace – as a producer, as a writer or even as a performer.  So for his label to just hand over all this control seems suspect. 

    You dont need a track record, country artists are given a bit more freedom with things like production and instruments. Hunter Hayes is a 21 year old new artist who produced his own album and played all of the instruments on his album. It depends more on what type of artist you are. As Windmills has said Casey properly has specific idea for his music and how it should sound, and that is most likely how the co-producing came about. Casey isn’t just about laying vocals, a big part of his music is the instrumental part.  It they can keep costs lower at the same time why not? The less expenses you incur for you label, the more profits they will have. 

    Source please?

    Casey himself, Gary Overton and A&R people from Sony. It has been posted and discussed here more then often enough. You can take my word for it, or you dont have too.

  • Anonymous

     It feels like when Crystal was allowed to record all her old [and IMO too old] songs without co-writers. I had the feeling they were ‘dumping’ the album back then. It was cheap for them, and frankly they didn’t seem to care.

    Crystal rushed out an album in just three months.  Her album only included one or two songs that were written after AI.  Casey’s label has allowed him to work on this album for more than a year, and has let him work with established and very successful writers.  They’ve also had a hand in him working the country music festival circuit, which makes it look like he’s not afraid to pay his dues. These two situations don’t seem to be the same at all.

  • Anonymous

    All I can say about the situation regarding Casey co-producing his album is that he knows what he wants and the label simply trusts in him enough to let him have some control of how the album ends up sounding. Everyone above me said it better than I ever could!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait for March 20th… which happens to be my birthday in addition to Casey’s album release!

    I would have liked Bulletproof to be on the album, but it’s definitely more of the roadhouse kind of music rather than the upbeat and romantic sort of flavor Casey seems to be going for on his first album.

    That’s not unusual though. As long as he still plays some of his other songs that didn’t make the album in concert, that’s okay me.

    I think it would be great if they release a second single before the release of the album, especially Drive which I think would be a great song to introduce in the Spring to grow into the Summer.

    As for co-producing the album, it’s probably a combination of cost savings (maybe Casey’s idea? He seems pretty frugal) and finding a co-producer who he his a really good rapport with.

    Given the length of time that he’s been out of the Idol sphere, I think his trajectory will be more like what is common for new artists in country music rather than American Idol alumni. Of course, I don’t care how many units he sells, because that isn’t how I
    judge whether I like an artist or whether an artist will have a career
    in music at some level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001898462374 Laura Patterson

    I hope you’re wrong about Casey not being invited to perform on Idol this year.  I think that would be a tremendous opportunity to show everyone that Season 9 wasn’t the complete washout they paint it to be.  The fact that so much has changed on Idol might not work in Casey’s favour.  I still hold the hope that Randy and Ryan are enough of a connection to Season 9 and that they give Casey a shot at the huge audience that watches Idol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Portrait-Painter/1123595852 Portrait Painter

    Windmills, you must be inhabiting my mind (again)!  It’ll be exciting to hear the new ones, but wished he’d published the lyrical/ musical genius of “Til My Guitar . . “, “Show Me a Bridge” and (esp.) “I Lied.”  Agree “Miss Me When I’m Gone” (aka “the phone-sex song”) is easily weakest, and “So Sweet” is more simplistic–verging on sappy than I’d wish. I could have lost LDCIAN for my choice as the sleeper hit: Bulletproof. (? bonus track). Disclaimer: I do prefer the gritty/ angsty stuff. Sending good wishes for success knowing that intelligent/artistic choices were made by those who know best.

  • Anonymous

    I may be naive, but I can’t imagine him not breaking big.  Love his jazzy, bluesy take on country.  He is a super skilled guitar player and it is so fun to watch how much he loves to play. 

  • Anonymous

    I can hardly wait for March 20th. I’ve already preordered the album.  Casey is one of those artists who is sooooo great performing live. We’ve (me and hubby) seen his twice.  Its going to be interesting how his music translate to recorded (the album). Sounds like his album is going for his music which is more “radio friendly”.

    Personally I don’t see how his bluesy side would translate into recorded music; hard to put “blues” in a box.  That side of him is best savored in person because a lot of it is raw and “in the moment”.

     So, if you love the bluesy gritty side of Casey, be sure and catch him live, he is touring all over the country, and at small venues with affordable prices this year so catch him while he’s still more accessible, money wise, because he is going to be huge. He’s the whole package (as they say on Idol — a lot LOL).

    We will definitely go see him again live when he comes our way (my husband is a big fan of his as well).

  • Anonymous

    Well this is exciting! I’ve always loved Casey’s voice with a little grit and no surprise, I love Workin On It and Drive!  On the other hand, Miss Your Fire is absolutely stunning. It sounds like something Nickel Creek would do, sort of blue grass-y and a totally different flavor of Casey.