The debut single from Season 9 Idol, Casey James, is now available for download! You can get, “Let’s Don’t Call it A Night” from both iTunes and Amazon.

Casey co-wrote “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night” with Brice Long and Terry McBride.

UPDATE: Sony press release announcing the single.

NASHVILLE, TN – 19 Recordings/BNA Records’ Casey James will release his debut single “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” tomorrow, August 16 at all digital providers. The Cool, TX native wrote the soulful song with Brice Long (Co-writer of Gary Allan’s Number One hit “Nothing On But the Radio”) and Terry McBride (Co-writer of Brooks & Dunn hits such as “Play Something Country” and “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”).

“When we were writing ‘Let’s Don’t Call It A Night,’ it really began with this sound we had on the guitar, and one of us said, ‘That just feels sexy,’ and it was funny how quickly the song came together around that sound and the whole idea of a great night that you don’t want to end,” James recalls.

James, who finished third on American Idol’s 9th season last year, is currently working on his debut album.

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  • escape

    The lyrics are repetitive and this song is clearly more rock and blues than Country. I think Drive or So Sweet would have been better choices for a first single.

  • LVD

    Now this is one place where I dont really have much of any expectations for Casey. I doesn’t have that many hardcore fans left to make much of an impression on itunes.

  • epic_win77

    Now this is one place where I dont really have much of any expectations for Casey. I dont he has that many hardcore fans left to make much of an impression on itunes.

    It’s cool for me as a fan if the sales are not huuuge out of the gate. If we are okay with Casey being treated as a new artist by Sony then let’s quit being too worried with numbers. Let the Idol fanatics do that job for us LOL.

    Just feels great to see his single up iTunes. I barely care about him on the show but I can imagine the pride of those who watched CaseyJ’s career from the beginning. Best of luck on you CaseyJ.

  • epic_win77

    @escape This single pretty much got good reviews from the known bloggers or critics in the country arena. I think that’s what matters at this point no?

    Drive or So Sweet can be the next single. Hold your horses kiddo.

  • LVD

    The lyrics are repetitive and this song is clearly more rock and blues than Country. I think Drive or So Sweet would have been better choices for a first single.

    Drive would have been a great choice. But I still think Lets dont call it a night is a better choice then So Sweet. My other choice would have been She’s Money.

  • Eileen99

    Downloaded this tonight. I think the studio version of this sounds great, love Casey’s laid-back vibe on this.

  • songsungblue

    I like it, but it kind of sounds familiar. Like it would be on the soundtrack of a movie where the hero goes to Alabama or Atlanta and meets a girl ;)

  • dadriany

    Ok Im gonna post what everybody’s thinking but are afraid to post:
    Who the hell is this guy?

  • epic_win77

    dadriany says:
    Ok Im gonna post what everybody’s thinking but are afraid to post: Who the hell is this guy?

    Google??? =)

    Thanks for dropping by his thread though despite not knowing who the heck he is.

  • sr4mjc

    I like this song and I wasn’t much of a fan of anyone on S9. Good job Casey.

  • nh291

    a little bit disappointing. Wasn’t a huge fan of Season 9, but I expected Casey for more blues-y stuff.

  • Indigobunting

    Now this is one place where I dont really have much of any expectations for Casey. I doesn’t have that many hardcore fans left to make much of an impression on itunes.

    Now, now- I can see not raising expectations, but I think Casey has a lot of fans-we are certainly all over the internet ;)
    It should sell decently, IMO.

    Ok Im gonna post what everybody’s thinking but are afraid to post:
    Who the hell is this guy?

    Not everyone tuned into AI just to see the children (country kid duo). CJ is the guy who was raved about on S9 finale (3rd place) who duetted with Bret Michaels. He won’t be a flash in the pan like many AI contestants- guy has real talent/wicked guitar skills and will earn his place in the country scene with respect-Third placers rock ;)

  • steph6449

    Third placers rock ;)

    Lol. Yeah, they do :)

  • LVD

    Third placers rock

    yeah!!!

  • Junior

    The style of this song isn’t a surprise to me. I remember back during his season, he played an Eric Hutchinson song and said it’s a lot like the songs he writes, and even felt he could have written it himself.

  • LVD

    a little bit disappointing. Wasn’t a huge fan of Season 9, but I expected Casey for more blues-y stuff.

    The song was more bluesy before the studio production:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fghUSHoTPW4

    But they speeded it up, I think it still has a bluesy vibe.

  • car3278sweet

    The lyrics are repetitive and this song is clearly more rock and blues than Country. I think Drive or So Sweet would have been better choices for a first single.

    Em. I listen to country radio all the time. There is a hell of a lot of rock being played – with a few steel guitars and lyrics that are country tinged to make the songs ‘fit’ the genre.

    IMHO country has become the refuge of singers/bands that in yesteryears would have had huge play on HAC/CHR. I’m thinking of acts like the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, even James Taylor, Bon Jovi. The blast of hiphop et. al. that’s taken over pop radio has driven these acts into country – where they fit pretty well with some production tweeks.

    I do feel sorta bad for acts that echo the Billy Joels, Elton Johns – the acts that do not easily fit in country at all so they are left to try and fight it out with Katy Perry and Brit. I’d put Lee, Kris Allen, Taylor Hicks, Cookie and yah, even Danny – though he’s making a good try at country and I wish him well – in this catagory. These are great singers, good storytellers but they aren’t rapping so they aren’t a fit for the current crap that’s being played on pop.

    Yes, CJ has a definite bluesy take on every song he does pretty much. I think this is part of his soul and thus will always be a part of his music. I don’t see this as pushing him out of the “country” mold. Instead, I think it makes his music stand out from all the other tunes being played.

    Blues has always, always wafted thru country. Just go and take a gander at some of Hank William Sr’s songs. Blues all over the place. My fav of his is Blue Love and if that ain’t got a huge dose of blues in it, I’ll eat Hank’s hat. ;-)

  • car3278sweet

    dadriany says:

    08/16/2011 at 2:18 am

    Ok Im gonna post what everybody’s thinking but are afraid to post:
    Who the hell is this guy?

    LOL. I love posts like this. And I’m perfectly fine with CJ winning new fans that have no idea he’s ever been on a TV show. That’s cool. Let him win ya over with his music.

    Third placers rock

    Yes they do, don’t they? It’s going to be fun watching Danny and CJ going up the charts together.

  • t2

    Love this — really, really pleasantly surprised. Sexy and bluesy at the same time. Yum.

  • FoteWuth

    For me? This track does exactly what it should, establish a signature voice and level of musicality that defines Casey as a new Country artist. Done. And done. It may not be his best track – if you’ve followed him post Idol, the album holds all kinds of promise – but it is a very smart choice and studio arrangement for his first single to highlight exactly what is most unique and interesting about his new music.

    OK. I’m from ’round here. Casey is OF the country, that is his sensibility and way of life and it was obvious to native Texans on AI (with no hat needed to prove it). It’s just who he is. The line between Country and other genres has always been more blurred here. It will only help that he is also a serious musician and guitar player and someone who will ace the test of time.

    If you’re not hummin’ the melody after 2-3 listens you’re likely tone-deaf.

  • epic_win77

    For me? This track does exactly what it should, establish a signature voice and level of musicality that defines Casey as a new Country artist. Done. And done. It may not be his best track – if you’ve followed him post Idol, the album holds all kinds of promise – but it is a very smart choice and studio arrangement for his first single to highlight exactly what is most unique and interesting about his new music.

    OK. I’m from ’round here. Casey is OF the country, that is his sensibility and way of life and it was obvious to native Texans on AI (with no hat needed to prove it). It’s just who he is. The line between Country and other genres has always been more blurred here. It will only help that he is also a serious musician and guitar player and someone who will ace the test of time.

    If you’re not hummin’ the melody after 2-3 listens you’re likely tone-deaf.

    This.

    I think I love you FoteWuth. You said what I’ve always wanted to say to skeptics and well, other Idol fans.

  • TylerWV

    ok second post, hate that word press too fast thingy. I love Caseys song. It has the rock, country and blues all thrown in. Thats what country is anymore, something for everyone. I like it all from blue grass, traditional, pop country to the southern rock. Love Matt Mason, a new outlaw country singer with a Waylon Jennings vibe. There is a lot of newbies coming up so country is especially exciting now. Love Casey, Steel Magnolia, Joey and Rory and our two newbies. If you check out the crowds in the CMT fest vids yesterday you would notice how many young people are in the crowd. Country isnt just for grandpas anymore lol.

  • sagi

    FoteWuth says:
    08/16/2011 at 11:10 am

    For me? This track does exactly what it should, establish a signature voice and level of musicality that defines Casey as a new Country artist. Done. And done. It may not be his best track – if you’ve followed him post Idol, the album holds all kinds of promise – but it is a very smart choice and studio arrangement for his first single to highlight exactly what is most unique and interesting about his new music.

    OK. I’m from ’round here. Casey is OF the country, that is his sensibility and way of life and it was obvious to native Texans on AI (with no hat needed to prove it). It’s just who he is. The line between Country and other genres has always been more blurred here. It will only help that he is also a serious musician and guitar player and someone who will ace the test of time.

    If you’re not hummin’ the melody after 2-3 listens you’re likely tone-deaf.


    Ditto!

  • LVD

    Casey is now #60 on itunes country, and currently #3 on Amazon movers.

  • BootStar

    Congratulations, Casey! I hope the single does well. Regardless, I’m really looking forward to the full album. :-)

  • LVD
  • Hope07

    I’m really impressed. I’m a music fan first and foremost, and although I am more pop/rock at the moment, I certainly enjoy some country. I definitely enjoy Casey James doing country! I downloaded it right away and have been listening off and on all day. He has a very distinctive voice and style, and I think this song will give non-Idol folks a good idea of what he and his music are all about. Fingers crossed that it’s a hit!

  • aidancash1

    I cant believe this day is finally here. Its been a long time coming. This guy has so much untapped talent it is going to be fun to see where his career is in a few years.

  • steph6449

    If you’re not hummin’ the melody after 2-3 listens you’re likely tone-deaf.

    I wish him well for his own sake and his fans, and as a rockin’ third placer :)

    But I guess I fail, lol. I did listen to this a few times yesterday, and just really can’t get into this song, especially in the recorded version. It’s fine, but not all that memorable or unique for me. (I liked his speeded-up recent live version the best of the versions I’ve heard.)

    I don’t recall having become tone-deaf but will have to look into it :shock:

  • lucysfave

    Casey on GAC:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57f3nq03DSI&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

    Nice interview of Casey. I wonder when it was taped? Anyone know? I’m sure he’s heard his single on radio by now. It must be quite a rush to hear yourself on country radio for the first time!

  • music woman

    Loved the GAC interview. Downloaded my copy of Lets Don’t Call it a Night from iTunes.

    I was listening real close to the songs being sung on the CMA Fest Sunday night and Casey’s song fits so perfect into that whole range of performances. Was thinking he’d look so good up there on that stage that night. Sigh …. maybe next year.

  • ri

    it’s finally coming together for him and i am PSYCHED OUTTA MY MIND. while it is not my fave of all the songs he has co-written, i think it is still a decent choice and i wish him the best. he may not be making a huge splash on the country music scene but he will most definitely find a place and he is here to stay. as Casey would say, “close enough”.

  • twistdfrk

    ri says:
    he may not be making a huge splash on the country music scene but he will most definitely find a place and he is here to stay. as Casey would say, “close enough”.

    Yeah, I prefer long solid musical career for Casey than being a superstar flash-in-a-pan. I’ve seen more realistic Casey fans than OTT ones, but of course we all wish him (very very) well.

    That GAC interview is adorable. At 0:12, the host can’t let go of his hand no? lol

  • twistdfrk

    Oh, pretty cool (new?) review by the way

    http://countryyourway.weebly.com/singles.html

    But what’s up with the font?